Danny Welbeck's first Old Trafford goal for 14 months helped Manchester United to a fourth straight win to leave West Ham a point off the relegation zone.

The England striker drove the ball low into the net from an angle early on as the dominant hosts recorded a seventh consecutive win at home to the Hammers.

Teenager Adnan Januzaj bent home his maiden Old Trafford goal, before substitute Ashley Young curled in.

Carlton Cole slotted in a consolation goal after racing clear.

Welbeck had not scored at Old Trafford since the 4-2 win over Stoke on 20 October 2012 but, from the moment he struck, there only looked one winner.

Player confidence is growing - Moyes

However, the striker then limped out of the action after the break with what looked like a knee injury, a troubling sight for United with Robin van Persie already missing for a month with a thigh strain.

There was better news in the return of Wayne Rooney, who missed the midweek League Cup win over Stoke with a groin strain. The England international was at the heart of an impressive home display with two assists.

West Ham fans have few good memories of trips to Manchester United, having lost on 20 of their previous 23 visits, including a run of six straight defeats and not a goal scored in the past five.

But United's own recent problems at Old Trafford gave travelling Hammers a bit more hope, David Moyes's men looking to avoid a third consecutive home league defeat for the first time since 1978-79.

United have not lost more home games in a season since 2001-02, but three wins on the road in the past 11 days - including securing a League Cup semi-final against Sunderland - went some way to quieten the dissenting voices.

Hammer blow

West Ham have won just two of their last 16 Premier League matches, a run that has included nine defeats.

And the hosts would have made the perfect start had it not been for goalkeeper Adrian, on his Premier League debut, beating out Tom Cleverley's close-range strike.

The former Real Betis man, given his chance ahead of Jussi Jaaskelainen after impressing in West Ham's midweek League Cup win at Spurs, quickly repaid Sam Allardyce's faith in him with a second important save, turning away Antonio Valencia's angled drive wide.

He was beaten soon after, however, as Welbeck, played in by the energetic Rooney, fired low across the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net.

And United extended their lead before the break as 18-year-old Januzaj played a one-two with Welbeck, cut inside a defender, and bent an unstoppable shot past Adrian from an angle.

We gave away poor goals - Allardyce

After the break Jonny Evans saw a header cleared off the line and Javier Hernandez had a goal disallowed for offside before Young, on for Januzaj, curled the ball into the top corner after Rooney and Valencia combined.

The Hammers did pull a goal back late on as Cole, kept onside by substitute Alexander Buttner, raced clear and calmly slotted past David de Gea but it never looked like being enough to threaten their hosts.

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Manchester United manager David Moyes:

"We played well today. I'm a wee bit disappointed we didn't take some more opportunities and I was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet but we got done on the break.

"The job is to keep our head down and keep winning games. There is confidence among the players. We are creating a lot of opportunities right now.

"Adnan Januzaj is doing really well. We are always hard on him, we always want more but he is doing remarkably well. He can score goals, he is a real talent.

"We would like to be doing much better, we want to be right at the top but we will continue to keep going."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"My disappointment was we played so well at Tottenham away a short time ago. We changed the team around to play some fresh legs but you didn't see the resilience and determination today.

"United were always going to come out fighting as they had lost two home games in a row but we didn't make life difficult for them.

"I looked at the stats and Manchester United are not very good in the second half if they are drawing at half-time. But we gave them two goals early on with some poor play and made it easy for them. The referee should have given us a penalty - I've seen them given here, but it wasn't given to us."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Evra (Büttner - 80' )
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 12 Smalling
  • 06 Evans
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 04 Jones
  • 19 Welbeck (Hernández - 54' )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 44 Januzaj Booked (Young - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Giggs
  • 14 Hernández
  • 18 Young
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 28 Büttner
  • 50 Johnstone

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 20 Demel
  • 03 McCartney Booked
  • 14 Taylor (Collison - 62' )
  • 19 Collins (Rat - 75' )
  • 05 Tomkins Booked
  • 21 Diamé
  • 16 Noble
  • 11 Maiga
  • 15 Morrison Booked
  • 07 Jarvis Booked (Cole - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Rat
  • 10 Collison
  • 17 O'Brien
  • 18 Diarra
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 26 Cole
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 75,350

Match Stats

Shots

21 4

On target

8 1

Corners

8 2

Fouls

7 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester United 3, West Ham United 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 3, West Ham United 1.

90:00 +3:31

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +2:58

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by George McCartney.

90:00 +2:11

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Razvan Rat.

90:00 +2:09

Attempt blocked. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Jones.

90:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.

89:18

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by George McCartney.

88:34

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

88:31

Attempt blocked. Alexander Büttner (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

86:57

Attempt missed. Alexander Büttner (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

84:37

Attempt missed. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

84:00

Alexander Büttner (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:00

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

83:24

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:50

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

82:50

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 3, West Ham United 1. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Modibo Maiga with a through ball.

79:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Alexander Büttner replaces Patrice Evra.

77:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:13

Delay in match Javier Hernández (Manchester United) because of an injury.

75:43 Booking

Booking George McCartney (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:36

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:36

Foul by George McCartney (West Ham United).

74:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Razvan Rat replaces James Collins.

74:20

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:20

Foul by Modibo Maiga (West Ham United).

73:13

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:13

Dangerous play by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

72:42

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Ashley Young is caught offside.

71:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 3, West Ham United 0. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

70:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Matthew Jarvis.

68:55

Attempt missed. Modibo Maiga (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George McCartney with a cross.

68:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Adnan Januzaj.

67:36

Offside, Manchester United. Luis Antonio Valencia tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.

66:53 Booking

Booking James Tomkins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:44

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:44

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

64:25 Booking

Booking Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:17

Rafael (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:17

Foul by Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United).

61:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Jack Collison replaces Matthew Taylor.

61:30

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:30

Foul by Modibo Maiga (West Ham United).

58:50

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:50

Foul by Matthew Taylor (West Ham United).

58:19

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

57:34

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Phil Jones.

53:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Danny Welbeck.

48:23

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Mark Noble.

48:21

Attempt blocked. Jonny Evans (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross.

47:56

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by George McCartney.

47:08

Offside, West Ham United. Mohamed Diamé tries a through ball, but Matthew Jarvis is caught offside.

45:47

Offside, West Ham United. Matthew Taylor tries a through ball, but Modibo Maiga is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 2, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester United 2, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +2:43

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

44:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:42

Delay in match Jonny Evans (Manchester United) because of an injury.

41:18 Booking

Booking Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

41:13

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

40:04

Attempt missed. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Rafael following a fast break.

39:43

Offside, Manchester United. Jonny Evans tries a through ball, but Wayne Rooney is caught offside.

38:08

David de Gea (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:08

Foul by James Collins (West Ham United).

37:35

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

37:35

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 2, West Ham United 0. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

28:49

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

28:48

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Jones.

28:20

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:20

Foul by Modibo Maiga (West Ham United).

25:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, West Ham United 0. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

25:36

Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:36

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

23:45

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

23:45

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:01

Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:01

Foul by Modibo Maiga (West Ham United).

19:22

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

19:22

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:01

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Adrián.

18:59

Attempt saved. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

17:23 Booking

Booking Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:18

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:18

Foul by Ravel Morrison (West Ham United).

16:37

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

16:18

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:18

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

16:05

Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

12:48

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

11:54

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:54

Foul by Ravel Morrison (West Ham United).

11:49

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia with a cross.

10:48

Attempt saved. Phil Jones (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

9:42

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

9:42

Modibo Maiga (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:39

Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:39

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

5:00

Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).

5:00

Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:51

Attempt blocked. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

1:07

Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:45

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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