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  1. Scholes fires United top of table

    Scholes fires United top of table

    Manchester United went top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux thanks to a Paul Scholes strike. More

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    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Manchester United
    • 90+4' The game is over. United top the table following a 1-0 win.
    • 90+3' United have the ball in the corner with just over a minute left. Before that Vokes met a cross with a firm header just past the post.
    • 90+2' He looks across to the linesman but the flag is down... when the ball broke to him Scholes was strolling out on the far side, playing him on. Well played by Zubar and Keogh before the chance.
    • 90+1' WHAT A CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Vokes skies it from six yards!
    • 90' The home crowd shout their men on as four minutes of added time is announced.
    • 89' Wolves' final change: Sam Vokes on for the impressive Jarvis.
    • 88' Ebanks-Blake has two chances to create something but nothing doing. United defend, although somewhat lazily...
    • 87' See Scholes celebrating the United goal in our match gallery.
    • 86' Jones briefly threatens leading to the edge of the box, but United stand firm.
    • 85' McCarthy famously picked 10 different players for the clash at Old Trafford. Here he has fielded the same team for the fourth game in a row - and it still hasn't got him a result.
    • 84' Wolves double change: strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Andrew Keogh on for Guedioura and Ward.
    • 83' The impressive winger hits the byline and crosses for Diouf, who cannot react when the ball deflects off a defender.
    • 82' The ball in United's possession. Valencia is a good source for that.
    • 81' Diouf legging forward on the left, options in the middle for him but he shoots - wide of the far post.
    • 80' Wolves have mustered just 82 shots on target in the league this season, the fewest in the division. They also have the worst shooting accuracy in the top flight, hitting the target with just 38 per cent of their attempts. So again, not much hope for them.
    • 79' Wolves unable to get the ball to their attackers. United are more than adept at seeing games out.
    • 78' Excellent cross by Neville for Diouf on the far side... he meets it with a sort of turning high jump leap - suffice to say it is not on target.
    • 77' Ji-Sung Park, who is on for Nani, wins a corner after good play by Valencia. And the roles are reversed soon after as the Ecuadorian wins a set-piece.
    • 76' Man Utd have won 13 and lost only one of 15 games against the teams currently in the bottom half of the table. Which does not bode well for a Wolves comeback.
    • 75' Jarvis comes inside and crosses... poorly, but Van der Sar left it and it only just sneaked past the far post!
    • 74' Scholes's sixth goal of the season is also his 100th Premier League strike for the club.
    • 73' Nani crossed from the right and Craddock could only stab as far as the Ginger Ninja, who took his time to find space nine yards out and fire into the corner. 1-0 United.
    • 72' GOAL FOR UNITED! SCHOLES!
    • 71' The temperature's rising... Wolves need the points as they struggle down bottom, while a draw would put United top. Premier League table
    • 70' Jarvis with another mazy run on the left, this time letting his side down with a wayward shot. He has had a very good game for Wolves.
    • 69' Ferdinand looks for Berbatov and the linesman flags for a foul by the Berb, who gives it the 'who, me?'
    • 68' Diouf heads his corner delivery away. Nani wins a free-kick on the touchline and Fergsuon is out and complaining, as he does best.
    • 67' Jarvis plays a clever one-two with Doyle and wins a corner from the byline.
    • 66' Behind the goal another green and gold banner, slagging off United chief executive David Gill, is unfurled. And again a steward comes down to give them a ticking off.
    • 65' Guedioura hurt by an aerial challenge.
    • 64' Jarvis with a neat cut back on to his right foot and cross, not met cleanly. The ball ricochets around the edges of the United box for a spell, leading Ferguson to come right out of his dugout and lambast his players.
    • 63' Diouf wants a corner as he chases a ball down, but his pleas are ignored by Walton.
    • 62' United change: Mame Diouf on for Gibson.
    • 61' Studs-up challenge on Carrick by Jones - and he becomes the latest player to be cautioned.
    • 60' United counter at pace, winger Valencia thwarted at the last. Craddock is then booked for laying out Nani after he had passed the ball in the move.
    • 59' Jones into the wall from just over 20 yards after a delay and cannot provide a chance from the second ball...
    • 58' Van der Sar flaps at a cross and Jarvis is unlucky not to get a shot off. Guedioura then charges forward and Vidic upends him! Yellow card and great position for a free-kick.
    • 57' Jarvis impressive for Wolves again, getting the ball to Foley inside the area. His effort is blocked.
    • 56' A ball into Berbatov's feet from Carrick. The striker finds Valencia, whose left-footed cross from the right is headed off target by Nani.
    • 55' Hahnemann has to be out of his box quickly to clear. An edge to this match now, helped by the floodlit atmosphere...
    • 54' Zubar tries to create something at the other end but Van der Sar claims and sets United away again. Top control by Berbatov but the Bulgarian's shot is crowded out.
    • 53' Slipped through by Gibson for Evra as he darts forward and into the box... he has two bites at it but Wolves just survive.
    • 52' Karl Henry opens the ball up as he scampers across the face of the penalty area before shooting off target. Positive and enterprising.
    • 51' Doyle with quick feet in the corner to win a throw.
    • 50' Carrick clips a cross in for Berbatov to bring down. He is just tackled before he can shoot, but a warning sign for Wolves...
    • 49' Neville crosses to the far side where Zubar fails to head completely clear... United still on the ball in the Wolves defensive zone.
    • 48' For a moment there looked to be room for a Berbatov drive to the far corner, but it is blocked.
    • 47' Ward with a deep cross that Zubar volleys back, against a United man and out for a corner. But a goal-kick is given - the ref thought it was already out.
    • 46' The second half begins, United now kicking to our right.
    • - United change: Gary Neville on for Brown, who has a knee injury.
    • - Ferguson wasn't best pleased with the pitch in the Carling Cup final, which he believes ended Owen's season... Fergie joins Wembley turf critics
    • 45+1' We reach the break goalless. A good half for Wolves.
    • 45' Jody Craddock with a flying tackle in the box to deny the away side a chance. A minute to be added on at the end of this first period.
    • 44' Foley and Jones battling to make space for a shot outside the area, but ultimately foiled. By a Nani handball, according to the home fans... would have been harsh.
    • 43' The flag goes up on this occasion to give Wolves a little respite from a brief spell of United pressure.
    • 42' Still no way through on the right for United as Berbatov seems to come back from an offside position to set up an attack.
    • 41' Kevin Foley with a lazy ball forward to give the ball back to United. That was more Axel Foley... not to sound too much like Mark Lawrenson.
    • 40' Check out the earlier Premier League scores and scorers.
    • 39' A good move releases the quiet Paul Scholes on the right, but his cross is out of play at the near post. It looked as though Hahnemann might have taken it out of play, but there was no protest at the award of a goal-kick.
    • 38' United working the ball in midfield, met with a wall of old gold.
    • 37' Doyle again probing. Wanderers growing into this match and their fans have come alive.
    • 36' Before we get too carried away, Wolves have scored just one goal in their last five league home matches. Ward has not scored in 106 games for the club.
    • 35' GREAT CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Jarvis worked a cross from the left and Stephen Ward was completely unmarked close in - but his header was not firm enough and Van der Sar made a decent save.
    • 34' Things are looking all right for Wolves at the moment. They are a threat at times - basically matching their more illustrious opponents.
    • 33' At the other end the Berb is prowling the right side of the box like a panther, sending a low ball just ahead of Nani in the six-yard box. Gibson tries to shoot first-time from a narrow angle and Wolves mop up.
    • 32' Doyle with a great run from halfway, feeds Jarvis on the left inside the box with United stretched... he cuts back for Jones, whose shot is not powerful enough to beat Edwin van der Sar.
    • 31' Nani outfought by a Wolves defender on the left to cheers from the stands. He shakes his head in frustration.
    • 30' Low, weak shot by Carrick. Saved easily by Hahnemann.
    • 29' Mick McCarthy highlighted the importance of the opening goal before the game. If there is one: there have been just five goals scored in the last four league meetings between United and Wolves at Molineux.
    • 28' Jarvis with few options, forced to play back to his defenders. And in turn they go back to Hahnemann in the goal. No boos from the fans - they are playing the English champions, after all.
    • 27' Brown with a wayward cross, again poor delivery from someone in an advanced position.
    • 26' If you like your work scarves the colour of red - and aren't from Liverpool - you may fancy a look at the latest news and stats on our United team page.
    • 25' Valencia with an incisive pass for Gibson, who spins and may play the ball back to him... instead he opts to use his two yards of space to unleash a shot - well wide of the far post.
    • 24' Doyle surges forward, with options right and left... he does not seem convinced by either of them and runs into trouble on the edge of the box.
    • 23' Berbatov unable to latch on to a ball forward. Loose passing from both teams in the final third.
    • 22' The home side are pushing United back now, although still not seeing all that much of the ball.
    • 21' If you are a hater of West Brom, check out our Wolves team page.
    • 20' Berbatov springs the offside trap and finds Gibson on the far side of the area... his volley into the ground is saved easily enough by Marcus Hahnemann in the Wolves goal.
    • 19' The free-kick is defended by United as the home fans boo the decision to not book Nani. At least it has got them stoked up a bit.
    • 18' Nani leaps to attack a ball with his foot... and almost catches Ronald Zubar in the head with his studs in the process. A warning for the winger.
    • 17' A muted atmosphere inside Molineux as the home fans wait for something to get them excited.
    • 16' Pressure from Wolves as a corner results in a throw, taken quickly by David Jones - and promptly sent far too long for any Wolves player to reach. Goal-kick.
    • 15' It is low and poor but Berbatov helps it on and Darron Gibson stabs just wide from near the penalty spot. He may have been held back in the tussle, but did not appeal for a penalty.
    • 14' Michael Carrick turns away in midfield and Stephen Ward has hold of him... he complains and is awarded a free-kick 35 yards out. Nani to take.
    • 13' Adlene Guedioura miscontrols and fights to win the ball back, but Evra is not flustered.
    • 12' The home players struggling to see the ball, as you might expect.
    • 11' Possession play by the visitors on the left. Berbatov finds Nani who turns and fires a hard shot a few yards past the far top corner.
    • 10' Nemanja Vidic clears from near the goal-line and is caught late by Wolves striker Doyle, who is warned about such over-enthusiasm.
    • 9' United have only won one of their last four league away matches. United results and fixtures
    • 8' Antonio Valencia advances menacingly down the right to the corner of the box and smacks a shot just wide of the near post. It curved just off-target.
    • 7' A spot of head tennis near halfway. No one wants to bring the ball down.
    • 6' Doyle breaks into the away half and seems to be impeded by Wes Brown... play continues and Matt Jarvis feeds him 18 yards out - his shot flashes across goal. Decent effort.
    • 5' Visiting left-back Patrice Evra in an advanced position but unable to get a ball into the box.
    • 4' A few feisty challenges to start, with the team in red, white and black pushing Wolves back.
    • 3' An anti-Glazer banner which disappeared before kick-off reappears behind the goal. United on the ball in midfield. United fans hope one million will join protest
    • 2' Dimitar Berbatov, leading the line in the absence of Rooney, looks quizzically at referee Peter Walton as he gives a throw-in against him.
    • 1' Off we go in the first half, Wolves kicking from left to right in traditional old gold.
    • - The teams emerge at Molineux.
    • - Owen Hargreaves is set to return for the reserves next week after recovering from career-threatening double-knee injuries... Hargreaves set for reserve run-out
    • - The big news is that Wayne Rooney is indeed missing from Manchester United's starting XI - and also from the bench. Boss Fergie was not happy that he played for England in midweek... and no wonder, as he has scored 16 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances, including the opener in the 3-0 win over Wolves in December. Fergie blames Rooney for injury
    • - Rio Ferdinand returns to the starting line-up after recovering from the back injury that put him out of the last two United games and England's friendly win over Egypt. Nani returns after suspension and starts with Ryan Giggs still out with a broken arm.
    • - United are without striker Michael Owen, after a seemingly minor hamstring injury picked up in the Carling Cup final turned out to be season-ending. World Cup dream ends for Owen
    • - McCarthy retains the team that has started the last three games. Striker Andy Keogh retains his place on the bench after suffering no reaction to his comeback from ankle surgery when he made his return as a substitute at Bolton last weekend. Winger Michael Kightly (knee) and midfielder Dave Edwards (ankle) are still sidelined.
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Henry, Foley, Guedioura, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle; subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Keogh, Vokes, Milijas, Mancienne.
    • - Man Utd: Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Gibson, Scholes, Carrick, Nani, Berbatov; subs: Foster, Neville, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Fletcher, Obertan, Diouf.
    • - Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • - Have a look over our paper round-up to read how Alex Ferguson has had a right pop at the leader of the green and gold anti-Glazer protest.
    • - United have already beaten Wolves twice this season - once in the league and once in the Carling Cup - without Mick McCarthy's side finding the net. But that doesn't stop Kevin Doyle being confident ahead of this clash.
    • - Rio Ferdinand will return for the Red Devils: United team news
    • - Wolves seem set to be unchanged: Wolves team news
    • - Welcome to Manchester United's visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' WHAT A CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Vokes skies it from six yards!
    • 73' Nani crossed from the right and Craddock could only stab as far as the Ginger Ninja, who took his time to find space nine yards out and fire into the corner. 1-0 United.
    • 72' GOAL FOR UNITED! SCHOLES!
    • 53' Slipped through by Gibson for Evra as he darts forward and into the box... he has two bites at it but Wolves just survive.
    • 35' GREAT CHANCE FOR WOLVES! Jarvis worked a cross from the left and Stephen Ward was completely unmarked close in - but his header was not firm enough and Van der Sar made a decent save.
    • 33' At the other end the Berb is prowling the right side of the box like a panther, sending a low ball just ahead of Nani in the six-yard box. Gibson tries to shoot first-time from a narrow angle and Wolves mop up.
    • 32' Doyle with a great run from halfway, feeds Jarvis on the left inside the box with United stretched... he cuts back for Jones, whose shot is not powerful enough to beat Edwin van der Sar.
    • 8' Antonio Valencia advances menacingly down the right to the corner of the box and smacks a shot just wide of the near post. It curved just off-target.
    • - The big news is that Wayne Rooney is indeed missing from Manchester United's starting XI - and also from the bench. Boss Fergie was not happy that he played for England in midweek... and no wonder, as he has scored 16 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances, including the opener in the 3-0 win over Wolves in December. Fergie blames Rooney for injury
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Welcome to Manchester United's visit to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Hahnemann
      • R. Zubar
      • J. Craddock Yellow Card
      • C. Berra
      • S. Ward Substitution Out (84′)
      • A. Guédioura Substitution Out (84′)
      • D. Jones Yellow Card
      • K. Foley
      • K. Henry
      • M. Jarvis Substitution Out (89′)
      • K. Doyle

      Subs

      • S. Ebanks-Blake Substitution In84′
      • M. Mancienne
      • W. Hennessey
      • S. Vokes Substitution In89′
      • G. Elokobi
      • A. Keogh Substitution In84′
      • N. Milijaš
    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • W. Brown Substitution Out (45′)
      • R. Ferdinand
      • N. Vidic Yellow Card
      • P. Evra
      • P. Scholes Goal
      • D. Gibson Substitution Out (62′)
      • M. Carrick
      • A. Valencia
      • Nani Substitution Out (74′)
      • D. Berbatov

      Subs

      • G. Neville Substitution In45′
      • D. Fletcher
      • B. Foster
      • G. Obertan
      • J. Park Substitution In74′
      • Rafael
      • M. Diouf Substitution In62′
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