Half-Time Report: Manchester United lead at half time

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney put Manchester United in front going into the break of their Premier League clash with West Ham United.

Goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have given Manchester United a 2-1 lead going into half time of their Premier League clash with West Ham United this afternoon.

Falcao had a great opportunity to score his first goal for United early on but the Colombian could not quite reach Rooney's free kick and the chance went begging.

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

United took the lead when good work from Rafael down the right saw him pick out Rooney, who fizzed a shot across Adrian and into the far corner of the net.

The pace of Angel Di Maria was a dangerous tool for United and the Argentine teed up Falcao for another chance but he could only put an effort well wide from 25 yards out.

They eventually got a second through Van Persie, who beat Winston Reid with a clever stepover before slotting the ball home for his 50th goal for the club.

Robin van Persie of Manchester United shoots past Winston Reid of West Ham to score his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

United grew into the game as the half went on, and really should have had a third through Di Maria as he connected with Ander Herrera's cutback. Unfortunately for the hosts, his shot flew harmlessly wide of the target.

The missed chance seemed to galvanise West Ham, and they pulled a goal back through Diafra Sakho, who was all alone to nod in from close range after Reid hit the post from a corner.

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 27, 2014
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