West Ham host Manchester United on Saturday, looking to make it seven points from nine available since the international break.

Jose Mourinho’s fractured side is a far cry from Sir Alex Ferguson’s potent outfit that pitched up at Upton Park in December 2007, but West Ham saw them off 2-1.

We’ve relived Matt Upson’s winning goal from that occasion for you here. A repeat would go down well on Saturday…


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Alan Curbishley’s side secured their survival the season before by beating United at Old Trafford. After that, Hammers’ saviour Carlos Tevez signed for the Red Devils and lined up against his old club here.

A Hammers side containing Lucas Neill, Hayden Mullins and Freddie Ljungberg fell behind to Cristiano Ronaldo’s first half header.

Anton Ferdinand breached a defence containing his brother Rio to make it 1-1 with 13 minutes to go, before Upson took centre stage…

The Goal

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Ferdinand’s equaliser had already shown that United were struggling at set-pieces, so when Mark Noble placed the ball for a wide free kick eight minutes from time, there was cause for optimism.


Upson decided to linger away from the crowd of players in the centre, allowing himself a run at the ball.

Noble’s delivery was perfect, but Upson still had to get above the towering presence of Nemanja Vidic to nod home.

The Englishman’s momentum meant the Serbian had no chance; there was only going to be one winner but he still had a lot to do beat Tomasz Kuszczak.

Upson produced a stunning header to give the Polish stopper absolutely no chance; bulleting his effort right into the top corner to win the game.

A similar result could be on the cards this weekend; Pellegrini’s men are united and confident, Mourinho’s side are anything but.


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