Sunday May 9, 2010 Day 38 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 4 - 0 Stoke City

  • Fletcher 31’
  • Giggs 38’
  • Higginbotham 54’ (o.g.)
  • Park 84’

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  1. Defiant United thrash Stoke

    Defiant United thrash Stoke

    Manchester United surrendered the Premier League title with a defiant and comprehensive 4-0 win against Stoke at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Stoke City
    • 90+2' It's all over, and Manchester United's three-year reign as champions is over!
    • 90+1' One minute of added time to play.
    • 90' Giggs takes it quickly but Begovic is ready and catches.
    • 90' Park is brought down by Wheln a yard or so outside the box and Nani and Giggs will both fancy a shot...
    • 88' The crowd are focusing their attentions on trying to oust the Glazers. Nobody is really looking at the football.
    • 86' United forced to do a spot of defending as Etherington plays a ball into the centre from the left, but Ryan Giggs sweeps up.
    • 84' GOAL!!! It's four!! Park Ji-Sung nets a diving header after a Begovic save and this scoreline is taking on a very comprehensive look.
    • 83' Both sides are playing at half pace and this has something of an exhibition feel to it.
    • 81' Hat-trick for Didier Drogba, who has finished from close range at Stamford Bridge.
    • 79' Yellow card to Nemanja Vidic by referee Clattenburg.
    • 78' Rooney felt a twinge in his groin and has now strapped an ice pack to the inside of his leg.
    • 77' Danny Pugh!! Fires a long-range shot and Van der Sar is again at full stretch to palm it away.
    • 76' Rooney is carrying a knock and is forced to come off. Let's hope that's not serious. Ji-Sung Park will come on.
    • 74' DELAP!!! Tests Van der Sar with a glancing header and the Dutchman claws the ball to safety!
    • 71' Giggs sets Rooney away down the right and he slides the ball in low for Macheda!! Huth and Wilkinson are there and prevent the Italian getting a shot away!
    • 70' The action on the pitch has rather taken a back seat to events at Stamford Bridge. The fans have most definitely gone into a mood of jubilant defiance.
    • 69' Drogba's scored again, this time from the penalty spot. 6-0 for those still taking an interest.
    • 67' Stoke change: Danny Collins on for Danny Higginbotham.
    • 66' Wayne Rooney is trailing in the golden boot race, but you can be assured he will not behave as petulantly as Drogba if he misses out.
    • 64' Another goal for Chelsea, and it's Didier Drogba, who takes the lead in the Golden Boot standings. 27-26 against Wayne Rooney.
    • 64' Rooney plays a sensational through ball for Nani who controls it with his left foot but sees his left-foot shot saved by Begovic! Great play all round.
    • 63' A great ovation for Paul Scholes as he left the pitch - the veteran has signed up for another season though.
    • 62' Federico Macheda and Darron Gibson come on for Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Scholes.
    • 61' Scholes rides two challenges and tries an audacious chip... just wide!
    • 60' Gary Neville tries a spectacular strike but puts it high, wide and handsome into the crowd!
    • 58' ANOTHER goal for Chelsea, who have broken United's record of goals in a Premier League season and now stand on 99. Chelsea v Wigan
    • 58' Classic Scholes tackle, in late on Whitehead and that's a booking.
    • 57' Scuffed shot by Sidibe, rolls weakly into the arms of Van der Sar.
    • 56' Giggs sends in a corner from the United left... Shawcross heads clear and he was fouled anyway.
    • 54' And it's three-nil to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge! Salomon Kalou has scored from close range to make the Premier League title safe.
    • 54' GOAL!!! Fletcher plays a revers through ball for Rooney, who shimmies past Huth and squares the ball... and Danny Higginbotham puts the ball into his own net off the underside of the bar!
    • 53' Ricardo Fuller hasn't given up, and he goes in hard on Van der Sar.
    • 51' Giggs plays a superb crossfield ball to Nani, whose touch lets him down for once and he puts it out for a goal kick.
    • 50' Good start to the second half from Stoke, who win a corner that is punched half-clear by Van der Sar before Evra whacks it to safety.
    • 49' Berbatov is moving OK and crosses from the right.. Giggs and Rooney both arrive at the same time but the consequence is the attack comes to nothing.
    • 48' Dimitar Berbatov is limping and might have a bit of a problem with his ankle. Let's see if he runs this one off.
    • 47' Another Delap throw is headed goalwards by Shawcross, but it loops into Van der Sar's hands.
    • 46' Second half under way! Stoke immediately on the offensive and Delap has a long throw headed away.
    • 45+2' That's half-time, and there is an air of defiance around Old Trafford. United will not win the title, but they are doing there bit and are determined to go out on a high.
    • 45+1' Chance for Stoke!! Edwin van der Sar called into action to make a sharp close range save from Fuller!
    • 45+1' Just one minute of added time to be played.
    • 45' The home fans are showcasing some of the old songs... Diego Forlan and Nicky Butt are among those having their names sung to the rafters.
    • 43' Rooney races on to a ball through the right channel and cuts inside Huth, who recovers well to block the shot.
    • 42' United fans will be cheered by an epic strop from Dider Drogba, upset at not being allowed to take the Chelsea penalty. Apparently he considers it more important to win the Golden Boot than to win the Premier League. Chelsea v Wigan
    • 41' Nani clips a neat cross from the right that is headed clear, then Neville wins a corner... it comes to nothing.
    • 40' Here's more on that anti-Glazer protest before the game. Click this link here.
    • 39' United are heading for victory and as things stand, there is just a point in it at the top. But Chelsea re not going to slip up against Wigan when they are two goals and a man to the good.
    • 38' GOAL!!! RYAN GIGGS!! Berbatov sprints down the left channel and squares low for Giggs, whose side-foot shot is not the best but it squeaks under Begovic!
    • 36' Fletcher comes striding forwards - such a reliable campaigner for United. One of too few this term.
    • 35' United are determined to relinquish their championship in style. Chelsea had a bit of luck with both goals, but Fergie's men have not lost the title today - too many slip-ups earlier in the season did for them, along with losing to Chelsea at home and away.
    • 34' The United fans respond with a great roar and Berbatov fashions a chance for GARY NEVILLE!!! He tries to chip Begovic but gets it all wrong!
    • 33' Disappointment at Old Trafford - Chelsea are two goals to the good and Wigan are down to 10 men. Barring someting amazing, that is championship over. Chelsea v Wigan
    • 32' PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Wigan are down to 10 and Chelsea have a chance to go two up!
    • 31' GOAL!!!! DARREN FLETCHER!!! Vidic heads a Giggs corner goalwards, and it is deflected as far as Fletcher who roofs the ball from close range!
    • 30' Fletcher crosses from the right and Shawctross booms it over his own bar for a corner.
    • 29' Stoke are playing a little better now, and will be buoyed by surviving the first half-hour.
    • 28' Giggs plays a great one-two with Nani but overruns it when he gets the ball back and his cross is blocked.
    • 27' Delap finds Sidibe, who turns his man and attempts an audacious long-range chip... easy for Van der Sar.
    • 26' All United here as Evra finds Berbatov and he lays it back to be played in... headed away by Etherington.
    • 24' Whistles ring out around Old Trafford as Stoke take their time over a free-kick. Surely they are not time wasting already?
    • 23' BERBATOV!!! Meets Nani's perfect cross and his header grazes the crossbar on itas way over. Not as bad a miss as the first one but he should have hit the target at least.
    • 22' We have had goals in both games in the race for third. For updates from around the grounds click the link. Premier League: Final day LIVE
    • 21' Stoke have offered next to nothing going forwards but they are still combative and determined to make life hard for United.
    • 20' Wilkinson is snapping away at Berbatov, and nicks the ball away for a throw.
    • 19' Fuller rolls a low shot goalwards from 25 yards... easy for Van der Sar to field.
    • 17' Scholes finds Evra cutting inside from the left and racing into the box... Higginbotham blocks his shot! Good work from the Stoke defender who stays down injured.
    • 16' Rory Delap hurls a long throw into the box... gets a touch out for a goal kick. Looked like is came off Vidic from here.
    • 16' Fletcher finds Rooney at the edge of the box but the England striker's attempted dummy for Berbatov does not come off.
    • 15' It has been all United in these opening minutes, but there has been no early goal from the champions.
    • 13' There was an anti-Glazer protest outside Old Trafford today, and now the chants of 'We want Glazer out' ring around the ground.
    • 12' United work the ball back in as Nani dinks it for BERBATOV!! Sends a free header over from a couple of yards! Should have scored.
    • 11' Giggs wins it in the Stoke box and finds Rooney... can't get his shot away.
    • 10' United free-kick 30 yards from goal... NANI strikes it... deflected to the feet of a defender and booted to safety.
    • 9' The away fans have reacted with glee to that Chelsea goal, while there are some grim faces among the home fans. But United need to take care of business here before they can worry about what is happening elsewhere.
    • 8' Nani is away down the United right and tries an ambitious flick for Darren Fletcher that is cleared - via Fletcher - for a goal kick.
    • 7' GOAL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE! Nicolas Anelka has given Chelsea the lead and put them on course for the title. More than a hint of offside about the goal, but it stands. What happens here at Old Trafford might count for nothing.
    • 6' Rooney seizes on a loose ball in midfield and slides it through to Berbatov, and his shot is deflected wide! Lively start from United.
    • 5' Nani finds Rooney in the box, who chips a cross to the edge of the box where Berbatov arrives, and the Bulgarian's first-time shot is blocked.
    • 4' Etherington bends a free-kick into the United box and it is left to Berbatov to head clear.
    • 3' Nani spins past his man and sprints down the right flank... his cross is cleared at the near post.
    • 2' Classic late hack from Paul Scholes, who gets a talking-to from Mark Clattenburg. Could have been a card.
    • 2' Chelsea kicked off about 30 seconds after United. For what it's worth.
    • 1' GAME ON! United kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. United in red, white and black. Stoke in black shirts and ashorts, red socks.
    • - How it works: Very simple. If Chelsea win, they are champions. If United do not win, Chelsea rae champions. If United win and Chelsea don't, United are champions.
    • - We will of course keep you abreast of all the goings on at Stamford Bridge as they happen, but you can follow that game by clicking the link. Chelsea v Wigan Athletic
    • - Manchester United are at full strength as they bid to snatch the Premier League title from Chelsea's grasp. Rio Ferdinand has defied back and groin injuries and plays. And Wayne Rooney starts up front alongside Dimitar Berbatov. Stoke are ensconced in mid-table, but are on good form and beat Fulham in midweek.
    • - MAN UTD: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney... Subs: Foster, Park, Carrick, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Macheda, Gibson... STOKE: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Sidibe, Fuller... Subs: Simonsen, Lawrence, Pugh, Diao, Sanli, Collins, Abdoulaye Faye... Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL!!! It's four!! Park Ji-Sung nets a diving header after a Begovic save and this scoreline is taking on a very comprehensive look.
    • 74' DELAP!!! Tests Van der Sar with a glancing header and the Dutchman claws the ball to safety!
    • 71' Giggs sets Rooney away down the right and he slides the ball in low for Macheda!! Huth and Wilkinson are there and prevent the Italian getting a shot away!
    • 54' GOAL!!! Fletcher plays a revers through ball for Rooney, who shimmies past Huth and squares the ball... and Danny Higginbotham puts the ball into his own net off the underside of the bar!
    • 45+1' Chance for Stoke!! Edwin van der Sar called into action to make a sharp close range save from Fuller!
    • 38' GOAL!!! RYAN GIGGS!! Berbatov sprints down the left channel and squares low for Giggs, whose side-foot shot is not the best but it squeaks under Begovic!
    • 34' The United fans respond with a great roar and Berbatov fashions a chance for GARY NEVILLE!!! He tries to chip Begovic but gets it all wrong!
    • 31' GOAL!!!! DARREN FLETCHER!!! Vidic heads a Giggs corner goalwards, and it is deflected as far as Fletcher who roofs the ball from close range!
    • 23' BERBATOV!!! Meets Nani's perfect cross and his header grazes the crossbar on itas way over. Not as bad a miss as the first one but he should have hit the target at least.
    • 17' Scholes finds Evra cutting inside from the left and racing into the box... Higginbotham blocks his shot! Good work from the Stoke defender who stays down injured.
    • 12' United work the ball back in as Nani dinks it for BERBATOV!! Sends a free header over from a couple of yards! Should have scored.
    • 7' GOAL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE! Nicolas Anelka has given Chelsea the lead and put them on course for the title. More than a hint of offside about the goal, but it stands. What happens here at Old Trafford might count for nothing.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • G. Neville
      • R. Ferdinand
      • N. Vidic Yellow Card
      • P. Evra
      • D. Fletcher Goal
      • P. Scholes Yellow Card Substitution Out (62′)
      • Nani
      • R. Giggs Goal
      • D. Berbatov Substitution Out (62′)
      • W. Rooney Substitution Out (77′)

      Subs

      • M. Carrick
      • J. O'Shea
      • B. Foster
      • J. Evans
      • F. Macheda Substitution In62′
      • J. Park Substitution In77′ Goal
      • D. Gibson Substitution In62′
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth
      • D. Higginbotham Own Goal Substitution Out (67′)
      • D. Whitehead Substitution Out (67′)
      • G. Whelan
      • R. Delap
      • M. Etherington
      • M. Sidibe Substitution Out (67′)
      • R. Fuller

      Subs

      • S. Diao Substitution In67′
      • S. Simonsen
      • D. Pugh Substitution In67′
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • D. Collins Substitution In67′
      • L. Lawrence
      • T. Sanli
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