Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he thought it was not going to be Manchester United's day before Robin van Persie came off the bench to score a last-minute equaliser and rescue a 2-2 draw at West Ham in a thrilling FA Cup third-round tie.

Irons midfielder Joe Cole had delivered a vintage display on his return to his boyhood club, setting up a double for defender James Collins with superb crosses from the left flank in each half to turn the tie around after Tom Cleverley had fired United into the lead on 23 minutes. However, as the clocked ticked into stoppage time, Dutchman Van Persie ghosted into the right side of the penalty area and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to force a replay.

Ferguson said on MUTV: "We missed some good chances, with headers over the bar and (Shinji) Kagawa had one blocked on the line, I thought it was not going to be our day."

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