The full-time whistle goes at Upton Park, and what a night is has been for West Ham - Avram Grant's side have won 4-0 thanks to braces from Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole to dump out the holders Manchester United! The Hammers are in the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in 21 years! Thanks for joining us.
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West Ham United - Manchester United
League Cup - 1 December 2010
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The home fans remain in full voice as their side stroke the ball around at the back with consummate ease.
Green hammers a long ball upfield towards Obinna, who has been absolutely superb this evening.
There will be three added minutes at the end of this second half - the full-time whistle cannot come soon enough for the visitors.
Reid is booked for a very clumsy challenge on Obertan, and that was a definite yellow card.
Junior Stanislas comes on to replace Carlton Cole, and the striker rightly gets a huge ovation as he departs.
Boa Morte wins a free kick out on the left for West Ham, and this is very embarrassing for United.
Spector defends superbly at the back to further add to his brownie points for the evening.
Anderson takes a free kick very quickly, but O'Shea squanders possession out on the left.
Cole holds the ball up with supreme confidence once more, before Obinna wins a free kick.
Fletcher and Boa Morte are both given a stern talking to, and finally we can get back underway.
Boa Morte and Fletcher have an ugly spat on halfway, and this is entirely needless from the pair.
Zavon Hines is forced to trot off to the touchline to change his shorts for some reason.
Hines races clear down the right and goes down in the box, but referee Clattenberg is not impressed.
Green lumps a long ball upfield to Cole, and the forward is holding the ball up imperiously tonight.
Avram Grant makes another change as Zavon Hines replaces Barrera.
Brown shows some much needed composure at the back for United, but the damage has been done!
Winston Reid is given a run out now as James Tomkins makes way for Avram Grant's side.
Hernandez unleashes a fierce shot from range which dips narrowly over the crossbar - good effort.
The hapless Evans is replaced by Wes Brown, and Ferguson has seen enough of the centre back.
Green does well to shepherd the ball out of play, and the keeper looks pretty solid after that earlier blunder which went unpunished.
Evans, who can do nothing right this evening, combines with Rafael down the right, but the move quickly peters out.
United are being relentlessly jeered by the home fans, and Giggs drives a tame shot straight at Green.
Ferguson has a look of absolute disgust, and United are defending like kids out there this evening.
GOAL!!!!! COLE GRABS HIS BRACE - IT'S FOUR! Obinna yet again causes havoc down the left, and Evans is made to look stupid as Cole spins his marker comfortably to swivel and shoot into the near corner of the net!
Rafael's first action is to clear a loose ball from inside the United box - a timely challenge.
Cole brings a high ball down in his stride superbly, but then loses his bearings and Giggs steps in.
Rafael comes on to replace his Brazilian brother Fabio, and Ferguson is looking to shake up his side.
Faubert takes the free kick but overhits it badly and Kuszczak is able to claim the ball confidently.
Anderson fouls Faubert, and West Ham have a free kick inside the United half...
West Ham continue to press forward in search of a fourth, and United are really struggling here.
United are really under the pump now if they are to recover, and the holders are being outplayed.
GOAL!!!!! COLE MAKES IT THREE! West Ham are in dreamland as Obinna is once again the architect with a fine run and cross from the left, and Cole dives in to head past Kuszczak!
United build patiently from the back now, but the visitors need to find something to unsettle their hosts.
Obinna shows his pace once more with a sharp run down the left, and Anderson does well to track it.
United look very bright at the start of this second half, and Macheda's presence is causing problems.
What is Robert Green doing? The keeper drives a low clearance needlessy straight at Macheda, and has to dive at the feet of Hernandez to prevent his blooper being punished!
Upson reads a long ball from Smalling very well to beat Hernandez in the box.
Faubert makes a fine challenge on Giggs to regain possession for the hosts.
The second half is underway at Upton Park, and the hosts kick us off with the snow still falling. Ferguson has taken off Bebe, with Federico Macheda on in his place.
The half-time whistle goes at Upton Park, and Sir Alex Ferguson is absolutely furious on the touchline as he prepares to give his side a good rollicking: they trail West Ham 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Jonathan Spector!
Fletcher's through ball to Bebe is wasted as the forward slices a poor shot straight out of play.
O'Shea lumps a long ball into the box for Obertan, but Barrera brings the ball out of defence.
Three minutes will be added at the end of this first half as the snow continues to fall.
United keep possession in the West Ham half, but the hosts are defending pretty stoutly.
Boa Morte fouls Fabio, and the pair have a petty spat on the halfway line which Clattenberg just laughs at.
The home fans are jubilant as Obinna drives another fierce low drive towards the far corner of the net, only for Kuszczak to tip the ball wide.
United enjoy a good spell of possession, but the hosts are buoyant and defending solidly now.
Bebe surges down the right at pace, before Ben Haim dumps the forward on his back with an uncompromising challenge.
Spector finds Cole outwide with a raking long ball, and the American is having an absolute blinder!
GOAL!!!!! SPECTOR GRABS HIS SECOND! It's only his second goal in his English career, but Spector notches a brace against his former employers with a cool finish from close range after more fine work from Obinna!
Barrera meets the delivery inside the United box, but he can only deflect the ball out of play.
Boa Morte wins a free kick for the hosts out on the left, and Obinna will whip over this free kick...
United clear comfortably from the corner, but Obertan gives away possession and this is getting pretty scrappy.
Cole does well to power down the right and drive across a delivery which is deflected behind for a corner.
That's a good chance! Hernandez gets down the left before drifting over a deep cross, but Giggs can only head very tamely straight at Green from the back post!
Obinna continues to look very bright indeed, and everything is going through him.
Ferguson looks incredibly cold as he shivers away in a sleeping bag-style coat with a bright red hat on, and it is certainly a night to be a player not a spectator.
Barrera scurries down the right, but his cross is well intercepted by Smalling and United can clear.
Spector and Smalling clash on halfway, and the American stays down for a minute before getting gingerly to his feet.
Bebe continues to cause havoc down the right, and Spector now has to perform at the back after scoring.
Cole gets in behind Evans once more, but his shot drifts narrowly wide after he rounds Kuszczak - he was offside anyway, as it happens.
West Ham stroke the ball around at the back, and the Hammers are settling into this match superbly now.
Giggs wins a corner for United out on the right, which he himself will whip over into the West Ham box...
GOAL!!!!! THIS ONE STANDS - SPECTOR SCORES! Obinna is the livewire once more, and a delightful dink finds Spector inside the United box, who gets beyond Fletcher to head past Kuszczak! The American scores against his old club.
Ben-Haim finds Boa Morte, before Obinna gets down the left at pace once more.
Barrera and Kovac combine in midfield, and the Hammers are giving everything to gain the upper hand.
The crowd are still absolutely incensed by that late decision, and many of the players are still shocked by the situation.
West Ham build from the back once more, but only Avram Grant and referee Clattenburg exchange a lengthy conversation!
GOAL, NO!!!! OBINNA SCORES, BUT IT'S CHALKED OFF! Obinna lets fly from the edge of the box, and it takes a vicious deflection off Smalling and Spector, then past Kuszczak! But, no, an incredibly late offside flag goes up, and a full minute later, the goal is disallowed!
West Ham are beginning to settle finally, and the hosts enjoy some possession at the back.
O'Shea launches a long throw down the line, and Anderson gets the ball down once more with fine control.
Kuszczak lumps a long ball upfield towards Obertan, and he looks very bright early on down the left.
Grant is wearing a thick scarf in the West Ham colours on the bench, and he will be pretty anxious about what he is watching.
Obinna produces a bright run down the left, but when he finally cuts the ball back, Kovac fires well wide.
United stroke the ball around patiently, and West Ham are struggling to get involved early on.
Hernandez gets down the right at pace after Bebe sees another shot saved, and United are all over West Ham.
Anderson is dictating the play very effectively in midfield early on, and the Brazilian is looking bright.
OBERTAN IS DENIED BY THE POST! The winger takes a cut back from Bebe under control before creating space and having his low drive brilliantly tipped on to the far post by Green!
Anderson picks out Bebe with a strong through ball, but the forward is unable to take it in his stride.
Smalling hammers a long ball into the direction of Bebe, but Spector manages to intervene.
Obinna takes a tumble as he looks to get the ball down in the United half, and that was poor timing.
United have their hosts boxed into their half, but Faubert does well to clear the danger with a fierce challenge.
Faubert challenges with Giggs on halfway, and the pair battle ferociously for the ball.
The first half is underway at Upton Park, and United kick us off in their white and black strip.
There are a few whisps of snow in the air as the atmosphere builds nicely at Upton Park. We are all set!
As expected, Sir Alex Ferguson shakes things up by making 10 changes, while Avram Grant also seizes the opportunity to rest key players with six as the likes of the talismanic Scott Parker are confined to the substitutes' bench.
West Ham winger Pablo Barrera is confident he can emulate the rise of fellow Mexican Javier Hernandez and soon begin to make his mark at Upton Park. Barrera, a £4million summer signing from Pumas, played alongside Hernandez at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup and the duo were both part of the Mexican squad out in South Africa, where they lost in the second round to Argentina.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola wants to take over from Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, according to reports in today's papers. A Barcelona source said: "Pep would be keen on working with Sir Alex, if that was possible. It would allow him to come to terms with England under the guidance of the best."
The teams are in at Upton Park, and referee Mark Clattenburg is there to join them after forcing his way through heavy traffic...it was thought he might not make it!
West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ben-Haim, Barrera, Kovac, Spector, Boa Morte, Cole, Obinna. Subs: Boffin, Reid, Parker, McCarthy, Stanislas, Hines, Piquionne
Man Utd: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Bebe. Subs: Amos, Brown, Park, Carrick, Rafael Da Silva, Macheda, Eikrem
Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make big changes for Manchester United's Carling Cup quarter-final with West Ham at Upton Park. Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Wes Brown are amongst those who will hope to be involved for the holders, while a new goalkeeper is also expected as Edwin van der Sar stands down in favour of either Tomasz Kuszczak or Ben Amos.
West Ham will be without cup-tied defender Lars Jacobsen for their Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester United. Mark Noble (hip) is set for another spell on the sidelines having only just returned from an appendix operation, while Manuel Da Costa (ankle), Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) remain out.