Tuesday December 15, 2009 Day 17 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Rooney 30’ (pen.)
  • Vidic 44’
  • Valencia 66’

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  1. United brush aside Wolves to go joint top

    United brush aside Wolves to go joint top

    Manchester United breezed past an under-strength Wolverhampton Wanderers to go joint top with a comfortable 3-0 win at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • 90'+3 There goes the final whistle! All over in a rainy Manchester and United have bounced back from defeat to Villa with a convincing 3-0 win!
    • 90' Into time added on we go....
    • 88' This one is just being played out now...
    • 86' Owen threatens now... but Mancienne does enough to hold him off and the move breaks down...
    • 84' EVRA! Oooh! Cracking strike from the Frenchman! It's on target, but Hahnemann saves again!
    • 80' Owen looks to get to an Evra cross into the box... Hahnemann gets there first!
    • 78' Wolves win a corner! Danger here? No, Jarvis puts it straight in Kuszczak's arms.
    • 76' Rooney is brought off for Michael Owen... oh dear, he's not happy at that! His face looks like thunder! Meanwhile, Wolves bring on Jones for Halford.
    • 75' Gisbon! No, that's poor from the midfielder... the ball sails into the night sky, way over the bar.
    • 73' Tenacious play from Welbeck, who pounces on a cock-up by Zubar and Mancienne... but his attempted curler goes straight into Kuszczak's arms.
    • 71' Off goes Obertan, who is replaced by Welbeck.
    • 67' This one, we can now say with some degree of certainty, is over.
    • 66' GOAL! VALENCIA MAKES IT THREE! And what a finish it is from the Ecuadorian, made by a lovely Berbatov flick over his shoulder. Valencia runs onto it and lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 3-0!
    • 64' GIBSON! Close, but no cigar! He lets fly from the edge of the box after tenacious work by Obertan on the left, but Hahnemann is able to deal with it without fuss...
    • 63' Iwelumo and Carrick tussle for the ball down on the United goal line... and the United man wins this battle!
    • 61' And Wolves make a change too... Friend is replaced by Matt Jarvis.
    • 60' Hre comes a United change... goalscorer Vidic is replaced by Fletcher...
    • 58' Friend looks to get on the end of a deep cross into the United box... but Evra is there to head coolly back to his keeper.
    • 57' BERBATOV! No! That's a bit weak from the Bulgarian... and similar from the rebound!
    • 54' Maierhofer is brought off... replaced by Iwelumo.
    • 53' This is nice from Wolves now... the ball is teed up for Friend, but he won't make any mates with that effort - way over the bar.
    • 52' Obertan fancies his chances from the edge of the box here... he tries a curler, but it's way overhit and the ball sails into the Stretford End.
    • 50' Maierhofer and Vidic tussle for the ball and the ref opts to give United a free-kick - and the pair of them a talking to.
    • 49' The second half has started a little tamely... there's a bit of an air of 'this one's over'....
    • 46' Back underway at Old Trafford! No changes to tell you about at the break...
    • 45'+1 And that's the final touch of the half as the referee's whistle blows and the teams head off with United 2-0 up at the break!
    • 45' Lovely stuff by Obertan as he links up with Evra to burst into the box... he fires on goal, but Hahnemann stands firm to make the save from a narrow angle!
    • 44' Just six more goals and United are going top of the league as outright leaders!
    • 43' GOAL! VIDIC HEADS UNITED TWO UP! It's a towering header from the Serb from a corner - too strong for Hahnemann to keep out, and despite his best efforts the ball rolls over the line!
    • 41' Castillo goes into the book for a mis-timed challenge on Valencia...
    • 40' Wolves break, with Zubar haring down the right hand side... he centres.... but there's no one there and the ball runs all the way through!
    • 38' Berbatov does well to see off the attentions of Hill, but he then goes and spoils it by running out of play.
    • 35' Rooney nearly gets to a cross into the middle... but it's inches over his head.
    • 34' Obertan and Rooney link up again as United break... but the young Frenchman loses control in the end and Wolves clear... albeit only for the time being...
    • 33' Super ball into the box by De Laet... but that's great defensive work from Elokobi to stop it reaching the centre!
    • 31' That's probably deserved, given the number of chances United have had so far...
    • 30' GOAL! ROONEY BLASTS HOME FROM THE SPOT TO GIVE UNITED THE LEAD! Hahnemann goes the right way, but he's no chance, such is the power with which Rooney strikes it! 1-0 United!
    • 29' PENALTY! Zubar is pulled up for a handball as Vidic looked to get his head onto a corner! And the ref points to the spot!
    • 26' VIDIC! Ooh! Should be the opener, but the Serb blazes over the bar from Gibson's neat lay-off!
    • 25' ROONEY! Oooh! That's close! He controls Evra's cross into the box before spinning and letting fly! Deflected wide of the post!
    • 24' Friend delivers a center now... it's cleared this time but United are under a little bit of pressure here as Wolves find their feet in the game.
    • 23' Kuszczak goes up to claim on lofted free-kick into the United box... he drops it! But the Pole recovers and pounces on the loose ball before a gold shirt can get to it.... lucky boy!
    • 19' Oooh! What a chance for Wolves! It's a long throw that Maierhofer flicks on... it pings around the six-yard box before falling kindly for Friend! But he strikes his effort over the bar! He may not get a better chance than that all night long...
    • 17' Rooney hits the deck as he looks to get free of Elokobi! But he's keen to get back to his feet quickly - and no doubt avoid any further diving controversy!
    • 16' United are keeping possession well... but that's a poor ball from De Laet, straight through to Hahnemann...
    • 15' A quarter of an hour gone at Old Trafford and no breakthrough yet, although it's been all United so far.
    • 12' Evra gets to the byline before delivering a great ball towards Rooney! But his little flick doesn't fool Hahnemann, who makes the save!
    • 11' Maierhofer makes a meal out of clearing Gibson's near post cross.... it loops over his head and goes out for another United corner!
    • 8' United win the first corner of the evening... Vidic rises to meet it, but Berbatov is pulled up for a foul.
    • 7' Rooney dinks in a dangerous-looking cross... Berbatov is sniffing around before Zubar heads clear!
    • 6' Obertan gets a chance to have a run for the first time tonight... and he does well enough, going past two Wolves defenders before laying off to Scholes...
    • 4' ROONEY! Denied by the legs of Hahnemann! It fell kindly to the United man there after Gibson's shot was blocked on the edge of the box! But he could only hit the keeper instead of the back of the net!
    • 2' Here come Wolves, with Foley on the right hand side... he pulls back to Zubar but his cross is easily dealt with...
    • 1' Here we go! Underway in Manchester!
    • - United meanwhile, Michael Carrick starts in central defence with Wes Brown out injured again. Ritchie De Laet and Gabriel Obertan are handed rare starts.
    • - So, Wolves make an incredible 10 changes for the trip to Old Trafford, with goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was the only survivor from the weekend win at Tottenham. It appears Mick McCarthy has one eye on the weekend's fixture against Burnley - an eminently more winnable fixture than this one. Nevertheless, he's likely to come in for some criticism.
    • - And tonight's referee is Steve Bennett (Kent).
    • - Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Mancienne, Elokobi, Hill, Halford, Foley, Castillo, Friend, Surman, Maierhofer. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Jones, Berra, Jarvis, Iwelumo
    • - The teams are in... Man Utd: Kuszczak, De Laet, Carrick, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Gibson, Obertan, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Owen, Anderson, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Fletcher
    • - Wolves head into the game off back-to-back league matches for the first time with their 1-0 victory at Tottenham on Saturday December 12. They last won three top flight matches in a row in February
    • - Wolves have lost eight of their ten Premier League matches against Big Four opposition, winning once - that 1-0 at home to United in 2004 - and have lost all five previous Premier League visits to Big Four teams. In total, they have not won in their last six top flight visits to these sides since a 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield in old Division One in January 14, 1984.
    • - This will be Sir Alex Ferguson’s 900th league match in charge of Manchester United. He has won 530, drawn 214 and lost 155 of his 899 top flight matches in over 23 years at the club.
    • - Wolves won the last PL meeting between these teams – a 1-0 victory at Molineux on January 17, 2004 – Kenny Miller scored the only goal. This is their only win in their last seven top flight matches against Manchester United.
    • - These two sides have met 82 times in the league. Manchester United have won 37, Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 and there have been 14 draws.
    • - Fourth-from-bottom Wolves are desperate for something as they look to put distance between themselves and the relegation.
    • - But with Chelsea not playing until tomorrow - at home to Portsmouth - United can still draw level with the Blues on 37 points with victory tonight.
    • - United went down to Gabriel Agbonlahor's header on Saturday, meaning they missed the chance to go level on points with leaders Chelsea at the top of the table.
    • - Manchester United welcome Wolves to Old Trafford hoping to bounce back from their weekend defeat to Aston Villa.
  • Summary

    • 84' EVRA! Oooh! Cracking strike from the Frenchman! It's on target, but Hahnemann saves again!
    • 66' GOAL! VALENCIA MAKES IT THREE! And what a finish it is from the Ecuadorian, made by a lovely Berbatov flick over his shoulder. Valencia runs onto it and lashes the ball into the roof of the net! 3-0!
    • 45' Lovely stuff by Obertan as he links up with Evra to burst into the box... he fires on goal, but Hahnemann stands firm to make the save from a narrow angle!
    • 43' GOAL! VIDIC HEADS UNITED TWO UP! It's a towering header from the Serb from a corner - too strong for Hahnemann to keep out, and despite his best efforts the ball rolls over the line!
    • 30' GOAL! ROONEY BLASTS HOME FROM THE SPOT TO GIVE UNITED THE LEAD! Hahnemann goes the right way, but he's no chance, such is the power with which Rooney strikes it! 1-0 United!
    • 29' PENALTY! Zubar is pulled up for a handball as Vidic looked to get his head onto a corner! And the ref points to the spot!
    • 26' VIDIC! Ooh! Should be the opener, but the Serb blazes over the bar from Gibson's neat lay-off!
    • 25' ROONEY! Oooh! That's close! He controls Evra's cross into the box before spinning and letting fly! Deflected wide of the post!
    • 23' Kuszczak goes up to claim on lofted free-kick into the United box... he drops it! But the Pole recovers and pounces on the loose ball before a gold shirt can get to it.... lucky boy!
    • 19' Oooh! What a chance for Wolves! It's a long throw that Maierhofer flicks on... it pings around the six-yard box before falling kindly for Friend! But he strikes his effort over the bar! He may not get a better chance than that all night long...
    • 12' Evra gets to the byline before delivering a great ball towards Rooney! But his little flick doesn't fool Hahnemann, who makes the save!
    • 4' ROONEY! Denied by the legs of Hahnemann! It fell kindly to the United man there after Gibson's shot was blocked on the edge of the box! But he could only hit the keeper instead of the back of the net!
    • - Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Mancienne, Elokobi, Hill, Halford, Foley, Castillo, Friend, Surman, Maierhofer. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Jones, Berra, Jarvis, Iwelumo
    • - The teams are in... Man Utd: Kuszczak, De Laet, Carrick, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Gibson, Obertan, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Owen, Anderson, Park, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Fletcher

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Kuszczak
      • R. De Laet
      • N. Vidic Goal Substitution Out (60′)
      • M. Carrick
      • P. Evra
      • P. Scholes
      • D. Gibson Yellow Card
      • A. Valencia Goal
      • G. Obertan Substitution Out (71′)
      • D. Berbatov
      • W. Rooney Goal Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • M. Owen Substitution In76′
      • D. Fletcher Substitution In60′
      • B. Foster
      • D. Welbeck Substitution In71′
      • J. Park
      • Anderson
      • Fábio
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Hahnemann
      • R. Zubar
      • M. Mancienne
      • G. Elokobi
      • M. Hill
      • A. Surman
      • S. Castillo Yellow Card
      • G. Halford Substitution Out (76′)
      • K. Foley
      • G. Friend Substitution Out (61′)
      • S. Maierhofer Substitution Out (54′)

      Subs

      • C. Iwelumo Substitution In54′
      • D. Jones Substitution In76′
      • C. Berra
      • S. Ebanks-Blake
      • W. Hennessey
      • K. Henry
      • M. Jarvis Substitution In61′
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