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Returning Rooney hammers Manchester United into FA Cup fourth round

Alex Ferguson’s side will now host Fulham in the next round.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (centre) celebrates scoring his team's first goal.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (centre) celebrates scoring his team's first goal.
Image: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

WAYNE ROONEY MARKED his first Manchester United appearance since 23 December with the only goal of the game as they beat West Ham 1-0 in a FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford tonight.

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 the recalled 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.

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