Manchester United progressed to the fourth round after a 1-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford.
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Wayne Rooney marked his first Manchester United appearance since December 23 with the only goal, as the hosts beat West Ham 1-0 in a FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford.
Victory saw Premier League leaders United, the record 11-times FA Cup winners, into a fourth round tie at home to fellow top flight side Fulham.
Rooney opened the scoring in the ninth minute after recalled Brazilian Anderson produced a superb, defence-splitting pass and Javier Hernandez bore down on goal before unselfishly squaring the ball to the England striker, who was never going to miss from a few yards out.
The forward could have put the result in this all-Premier League clash beyond doubt in the second half but Rooney blasted over the top from the penalty spot after Jordan Spence handled a cross from Ryan Giggs.
“In the FA Cup anything can happen so we are pleased to get through,” United veteran Ryan Giggs told ITV. “Some players are coming back from injury which can be tough but they did well.
“West Ham are a tough team to play against. We couldn’t get out of our half at the start of the second half but we kept it better when Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes came on.”
Frustrated Hammers manager Sam Allardyce insisted his side had been denied a penalty for handball.
“We should have had a penalty,” he said, before voicing the long-held belief that United are favoured by referees at Old Trafford.
“The difference is that Jordan Spence plays for West Ham and Rafael plays for Manchester United at Old Trafford,” Allardyce said. “The incidents are the same. If you give one you’ve got to give both, simple as that.”
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