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Tuesday January 27, 2009 Day 23 Finished The Hawthorns

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Manchester United

  • Berbatov 22’
  • Tevez 44’
  • Vidic 60’
  • Ronaldo 65’, 73’

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  1. Slick United blow past West Brom

    Slick United blow past West Brom

    Manchester United produced a sparkling display to beat 10-man West Bromwich Albion 5-0 and go three points clear atop the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • Manchester United
    • 90+2' That's full-time, and Manchester United cruise three points clear at the top of the Premier League, with Liverpool not in action until tomorrow.
    • 89' United are just playing the ball around, toying with West Brom. This win will do wonders for their goal difference.
    • 87' TEVEZ!! Jinks his way into shooting position at the edge of the box and brings a spectacular save from Scott Carson.
    • 84' Another West Brom corner comes to the back post for DONK!! Heads just over from close range!
    • 83' West Brom win a corner on their right. Credit to them - a lesser side would have thrown in the towel by now.
    • 80' Cristiano Ronaldo goes down injured after colliding with Carson, but he doesn't look badly hurt.
    • 77' United's new Serbian Zoran Tosic gets a taste of Premier League action, coming on for Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 76' This must be painful viewing if you are a West Brom fan. They are being torn apart here. Incidentally, card-happy Rob Styles booked both Carson and Donk for dissent after that fifth goal - West Brom felt Berbatov was offside.
    • 73' GOAL!!! It's five, and it's another for Ronaldo. Tevez finds Berbatov in acres of space on the right, he dribbles infield and slips a perfect through ball for Ronaldo who finishes low through Carson's legs.
    • 72' Roman Bednar is booked. It isn't clear whether that is for his original foul or his reaction - tapping his finger against his head to indicated a degree of madness on Rob Styles's part.
    • 71' United welcome another man back from injury as Wes Brown comes on for Ferdinand.
    • 70' Michael Carrick has three team-mates rushing towards the six yard box, but he goes it alone from the edge of the box and pulls his shot just wide!
    • 68' It is all United, who are preparing to bring on Wes Brown.
    • 65' GOAL!! It's four, and all too easy for the champions! Tevez plays a low ball to Giggs, who lays it inside to the onrushing Ronaldo and the Portuguese finishes low into the right corner. So slick.
    • 63' Two West Brom changes - Bednar and Morrison for Zuiverloon and Simpson.
    • 61' Park is booked for a late tackle. Seems harsh - albeit less so than the red card for Paul Robinson.
    • 60' GOAL!! Nemanja Vidic puts the result beyond doubt, losing his marker and beating Carson with a powerful header from Ryan Giggs's corner.
    • 57' DONK HITS THE POST!!! He continues his run from the back and collects the through-ball. His powerful right-foot shot beats Van der Sar but clangs back off the near post! So unlucky...
    • 56' United are showing a lot less urgency than in the first half - they are on top but look happy to sit back.
    • 53' Carrick plays a majestic curling through-ball for Berbatov, who puts the ball in the net but has already been flagged offside. Poor forward play by Berbatov, who was a yard off throughout the United move.
    • 52' Eventually the free-kick is taken by BRUNT!! He fires a left-foot shot just over Van der Sar's crossbar!
    • 51' There is some argy-bargy in the wall, with Dimitar Berbatov looking unusually animated. Referee Styles gives him a talking-to.
    • 50' Brunt spins away from Neville at the edge of the box and is brought down in the procees... a real chance for west Brom from the free-kick, no more than 20 yards out.
    • 48' Zuiverloon makes a petulant challenge on Ronaldo, and he is lucky to not be booked for that.
    • 46' Giggs tries a little piece of genius, attempting to lift the ball high over Carson from the left side of the box... it drops just wide!
    • 46' West Bromwich Albion make a chance, bringing on a defensive reinforcement in the shape of Marek Cech. Fortune is the unlucky man to be brought off.
    • 45+2' Half-time in the delayed kick-off at The Hawthorns. Without playing particularly well, Manchester United are supremely comfortable - they are two goals up and have a man advantage.
    • 45+1' It has all unravelled horribly for West Brom after a promising start, and it is impossible to see them coming back from here.
    • 44' GOAL!!! TWO-NIL FOR THE VISITORS!! WHAT A HOWLER! Carlos Tevez scores one of the easiest goals of his career as Carson catches Giggs's crossed free-kick then fumbles it directly to the feet of the United striker. Tevez accepts his gift gratefully, whacking the ball in left-footed from a couple of yards.
    • 43' West Brom react angrily as a contentious free-kick goes United's way, and Robert Koren is booked for protesting. They need to keep their heads here.
    • 42' Well, the replay shows Robinson went in with a full-blooded challenge and caught Park painfully in the midriff... but the ball was there to be won and both players were sliding in. Looks like a yellow to me.
    • 40' RED CARD!! Paul Robinson slides in for a 50-50 ball with Park and referee Styles thinks he went in with malice! That is a straight red and, on first appearances, a harsh one.
    • 39' Hoefkens crosses from the right... he finds Simpson who heads down for FORTUNE!! Pings a wild volley into the crowd!
    • 38' Dimitar Berbatov is given some treatment on a side injury... he should be OK to carry on.
    • 36' Neville crosses deep from the right... too deep, and it goes out for a throw. The United right-back has got forward well tonight, and is doing his best Rafael Da Silva impression.
    • 33' Giggs plays a perfectly-weighted through ball for Ronaldo, who chips the onrushing Carson... but thr ball bounces a yard wide of the left-hand post! That would have been quite a goal.
    • 32' Gary Neville goes down and United want a penalty... no dice says referee Styles!
    • 30' Half an hour gone, and United look fairly comfortable. West Brom are no longer the lowest scorers in the division but they do tend to struggle once they go behind.
    • 27' Most of United's best work has come down the right flank with Park heavily involved. Paul Robinson is being given a torrid time.
    • 25' United race away on the counter-attack as Giggs releases Ronaldo down the left... he squares for Tevez at the near post WHO PLACES HIS SHOT JUST WIDE!! That was a superb break, but Tevez's finishing deserted him.
    • 24' Simpson knocks the ball past Vidic and accelerates down the line - but the Serb refuses to left him get away and brings the on-loan Arsenal man down. The free-kick is played into the United box but headed clear.
    • 22' GOAL!!! United in front through Dimitar Berbatov!! It comes from a throw as Giggs finds Berbatov, who plays a superb give-and-go to Michael Carrick; the Bulgarian receives the ball back and slides it underneath Scott Carson from an angle on the right. Lovely goal.
    • 20' Van der Sar completely misses a cross and Fortune heads just over! In fact he had been flagged offside, but Van der Sar didn't know that - a lucky escape.
    • 19' Ronaldo gesticulates wildly at referee Rob Styles, although it is not clear why. Maybe it's just because he's Rob Styles.
    • 17' Fortune has another shy at goal - he's not afriad to shoot - and once again Rio Ferdinand is there with a block.
    • 15' Tevez finds Park out on the right - interestingly Cristiano Ronaldo has started on the left, albeit with licence to come inside as he does now.. and he shoots wide.
    • 13' After West Brom's fast start, the visitors are exerting a measure of control over proceedings.
    • 10' Park's attempted pass for Tevez is off the mark but the clearance is smashed into the Argentine and it ricochets to BERBATOV!! Carson is out well and he smothers the striker's attempted chip!
    • 8' There has been plenty of action elsewhere tonight. Tottenham Hotspur are three goals to the good against Stoke, and Emile Heskey has scored for Aston Villa. Click the links in the livebox on the right for full coverage of every game.
    • 7' Tevez crosses from the right for Ronaldo, whose attempted shot is deflected. United gather the ball and work it to Park, and his weak shot is straight at Carson.
    • 6' Gary Neville gives the ball away to Jay Simpson who runs inside from the left and shoots... deflects just wide off Rio Ferdinand!
    • 5' Van der Sar punches unconvincingly away and falls over. A shot comes back in and Michael Carrick is alert to clear it off the line!
    • 4' Fortune is played through the right channel and his shot is deflected behind for a corner by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 2' An early shot from Dimitar Berbatov, who fires low from the edge of the box. Straight into Scott Carson's arms.
    • 1' Game on!! The home side are playing from left to right in navy and white stripes - United are in their home kit, albeit with black shorts and socks.
    • - We are ready to go, half an hour later than scheduled. The stragglers are in the ground and in good voice. The champions have gone 10 Premier League games without conceding a goal, although their defence was breached in their last two games against Burnley and Tottenham in the two domestic cups.
    • - Team news: Rio Ferdinand returns for Manchester United following his back injury, while Park Ji-Sung is also back from injury. West Brom have Pele playing for them. That's Pedro Pele, the Portuguese utility man who is expected to take up a holding midfield role.
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage of West Bromwich Albion versus Manchester United from The Hawthorns. The match has been delayed until 20:15 because of traffic problems in the West Midlands.
  • Team Stats

    West Bromwich Albion Stats Manchester United
    37% Possession 62%
    12 Shots 17
    1 Shots on target 8
    3 Saves 0
    5 Corners 4
    8 Fouls 12
    1 Offsides 4
    5 Yellow cards 2
    1 Red cards 0
    17 Tackles 24
    243 Accurate passes 457
    32 Bad passes 53
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • West Bromwich Albion
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      19 Scott Carson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3 0
      18 Pedro Miguel Pele 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 1 1
      3 Paul Robinson 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 3 1
      22 Gianni Zuiverloon 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 17 0 3
      2 Carl Hoefkens 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 0 1
      30 Ryan Donk 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0 3
      28 Borja Valero 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 40 2 3
      7 Robert Koren 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 38 5 1
      11 Chris Brunt 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 27 9 3
      29 Jay Simpson 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 13 1 0
      32 Marc-Antoine Fortuné 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 1 0
      9 Roman Bednar 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 0 0
      27 James Morrison 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 2 1
      4 Marek Cech 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 10 5 0
      20 Filipe Teixeira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      1 Dean Kiely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      17 Graeme Dorrans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      14 Do-Heon Kim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Manchester United
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Edwin Van der Sar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 0
      5 Rio Ferdinand 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 47 2 1
      22 John O'Shea 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 53 18 4
      2 Gary Neville 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 53 2 0
      15 Nemanja Vidic 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 55 7 3
      16 Michael Carrick 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 64 4 4
      11 Ryan Giggs 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 43 5 4
      13 Ji-sung Park 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 21 0 3
      7 Cristiano Ronaldo 2 7 2 1 4 2 0 20 6 1
      32 Carlos Tevez 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 35 3 0
      9 Dimitar Berbatov 1 2 2 1 3 1 1 28 6 1
      18 Paul Scholes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      42 Richard Eckersley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1
      14 Zoran Tosic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1
      29 Tomasz Kuszczak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      6 Wes Brown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1
      28 Darron Gibson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      24 Darren Fletcher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Summary

    • 87' TEVEZ!! Jinks his way into shooting position at the edge of the box and brings a spectacular save from Scott Carson.
    • 84' Another West Brom corner comes to the back post for DONK!! Heads just over from close range!
    • 73' GOAL!!! It's five, and it's another for Ronaldo. Tevez finds Berbatov in acres of space on the right, he dribbles infield and slips a perfect through ball for Ronaldo who finishes low through Carson's legs.
    • 70' Michael Carrick has three team-mates rushing towards the six yard box, but he goes it alone from the edge of the box and pulls his shot just wide!
    • 65' GOAL!! It's four, and all too easy for the champions! Tevez plays a low ball to Giggs, who lays it inside to the onrushing Ronaldo and the Portuguese finishes low into the right corner. So slick.
    • 60' GOAL!! Nemanja Vidic puts the result beyond doubt, losing his marker and beating Carson with a powerful header from Ryan Giggs's corner.
    • 57' DONK HITS THE POST!!! He continues his run from the back and collects the through-ball. His powerful right-foot shot beats Van der Sar but clangs back off the near post! So unlucky...
    • 52' Eventually the free-kick is taken by BRUNT!! He fires a left-foot shot just over Van der Sar's crossbar!
    • 46' Giggs tries a little piece of genius, attempting to lift the ball high over Carson from the left side of the box... it drops just wide!
    • 44' GOAL!!! TWO-NIL FOR THE VISITORS!! WHAT A HOWLER! Carlos Tevez scores one of the easiest goals of his career as Carson catches Giggs's crossed free-kick then fumbles it directly to the feet of the United striker. Tevez accepts his gift gratefully, whacking the ball in left-footed from a couple of yards.
    • 40' RED CARD!! Paul Robinson slides in for a 50-50 ball with Park and referee Styles thinks he went in with malice! That is a straight red and, on first appearances, a harsh one.
    • 39' Hoefkens crosses from the right... he finds Simpson who heads down for FORTUNE!! Pings a wild volley into the crowd!
    • 33' Giggs plays a perfectly-weighted through ball for Ronaldo, who chips the onrushing Carson... but thr ball bounces a yard wide of the left-hand post! That would have been quite a goal.
    • 32' Gary Neville goes down and United want a penalty... no dice says referee Styles!
    • 25' United race away on the counter-attack as Giggs releases Ronaldo down the left... he squares for Tevez at the near post WHO PLACES HIS SHOT JUST WIDE!! That was a superb break, but Tevez's finishing deserted him.
    • 22' GOAL!!! United in front through Dimitar Berbatov!! It comes from a throw as Giggs finds Berbatov, who plays a superb give-and-go to Michael Carrick; the Bulgarian receives the ball back and slides it underneath Scott Carson from an angle on the right. Lovely goal.
    • 10' Park's attempted pass for Tevez is off the mark but the clearance is smashed into the Argentine and it ricochets to BERBATOV!! Carson is out well and he smothers the striker's attempted chip!
    • 6' Gary Neville gives the ball away to Jay Simpson who runs inside from the left and shoots... deflects just wide off Rio Ferdinand!
    • 5' Van der Sar punches unconvincingly away and falls over. A shot comes back in and Michael Carrick is alert to clear it off the line!
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage of West Bromwich Albion versus Manchester United from The Hawthorns. The match has been delayed until 20:15 because of traffic problems in the West Midlands.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Carson Yellow Card
      • C. Hoefkens
      • Pelé
      • R. Donk Yellow Card
      • P. Robinson
      • B. Valero
      • C. Brunt
      • G. Zuiverloon
      • R. Koren Yellow Card
      • J. Simpson Substitution Out (63′)
      • M. Fortuné Substitution Out (46′)

      Subs

      • D. Kiely
      • J. Morrison Substitution In63′ Yellow Card
      • M. Cech Substitution In46′
      • F. Teixeira
      • D. Kim
      • G. Dorrans
      • R. Bednár
    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • G. Neville Substitution Out (71′)
      • R. Ferdinand Substitution Out (71′)
      • N. Vidic Goal
      • J. O'Shea
      • M. Carrick Yellow Card
      • R. Giggs
      • J. Park
      • Cristiano Ronaldo Goals×2
      • D. Berbatov Goal Substitution Out (77′)
      • C. Tévez Goal

      Subs

      • P. Scholes
      • W. Brown Substitution In71′
      • T. Kuszczak
      • D. Fletcher
      • Z. Tosic Substitution In77′
      • R. Eckersley Substitution In71′
      • D. Gibson
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