Manchester United flattens West Ham 6-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Manchester United and Chelsea showed their class in lopsided victories on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds destroyed fellow Premier League sid

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Manchester United and Chelsea showed their class in lopsided victories n Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds destroyed fellow Premier League side West Ham 6-0, and the Blues defeated third-division Shrewsbury 4-0. Manchester United got two goals each from Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy and others from Phil Neville and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to swamp West Ham, putting Man United into the fifth round of the FA Cup and adding more pressure to Hammers' manager Glenn Roeder. Manchester United reached the final of England's No 2 Cup - the League Cup - earlier in the week where it faces a showdown against Liverpool. Now the Reds are also a favorite to reach this spring's FA Cup final against defending champion Arsenal. Man United had West Ham on the ropes from the first minute at Old Trafford, with Giggs scoring in the 8th on a defensive error and the 29th off a deflection. The early strikes were followed by Van Nistelrooy (49th), Neville (50th) and the Dutchman again in the 58th. Substitute Solskjaer scored in the 69th on a shot from 12 meters that got behind goalkeeper David James and added more woe to the last-place team in the Premier League. Roeder’s regret West Ham manager Roeder apologized for the humiliating loss with the Hammers' defense again at fault. The team has allowed 10 goals in two games. “It was a desperate day, a desperate day for everyone associated with the club,” he said. “You feel badly for the supporters who traveled up here because we let them down badly.” Roeder said he had no plans to step down. “I'm still standing and still fighting and I will carry that fight forward,” he said. Chelsea wins With 36-year-old Gianfranco Zola scoring twice, Chelsea completely outclassed the third-division team. Zola scored in the 40th and again in the 75th with Carlton Cole (53rd) and Jodie Morris (80th) also breaking through. The gulf between the two teams was evident from the first minute at Shrewsbury's Gay Meadow ground with Chelsea holding possession of the ball at will. One newspaper estimated the Shrewsbury team cost about $ 160,000 to assemble with Chelsea costing about $ 130 million. High-priced Premier League Liverpool was lucky to get a 0-0 draw at Crystal Place as Reds' goalkeeper Chris Kirkland picked up a knee injury and was taken to a nearby hospital. Fulham in fifth Premier League Fulham picked up a victory Sunday to reach the fifth round, dropping fellow Premier League rival Charlton 3-0 on a hat trick by Steed Malbranque. Malbranque scored in the 59th, added a penalty seven minutes later, and got the third in the 87th. First-division Stoke also grabbed a fifth-round spot with a 3-0 victory over third-division Bournemouth on two goals from Chris Iwelumo, who scored on a penalty in first-half injury time and again from open play in the 51st. Peter Hoekstra scored in the 84th. Arsenal was the only Premier League team playing Saturday to guarantee itself a spot in the round of 16, thumping semi-pro side Farnborough Town 5-1 at Highbury on two goals by Francis Jeffers. (AP)

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