Sunday March 11, 2012 Day 28 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

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  1. Rooney brace sends Man United top

    Rooney brace sends Man United top

    Manchester United went top of the Premier League table after they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes and Manchester United are top of the Premier League table! What an amazing turnaround this afternoon!
    • 90+1' Hernandez works half a yard of space for himself and fires a shot across the face of goal from a tight angle.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 89' De Gea comes off his line to claim the corner well, though it must be said his leap went unchallenged.
    • 88' United have conceded a late corner. Shorey will send it in.
    • 86' United are coasting to victory now. The whole team seem to be intent on teeing up Rooney for a chance at a hat-trick.
    • 84' A huge ripple of cheers goes around Old Trafford as news filters through that City are losing to Swansea! If things stay as they are then United will be top of the table!
    • 82' United hit West Brom on the counter again and Hernandez curls in a great cross that Young sends wide with a diving header!
    • 80' Great driving run forward from Mulumbu before he feeds Long. The Ireland striker hits a solid shot on the turn that De Gea has to palm behind for a corner!
    • 78' United substitution: Tom Cleverley replaces Welbeck.
    • 77' West Brom substitution: Shane Long replaces Fortune.
    • 75' Good move on the right from United with Pogba, Rooney and Young all involved before Hernandez drags his effort wide of the far post.
    • 73' Manchester United substitution: Paul Pogba replaces Scholes.
    • 72' West Brom substitution: Nicky Shorey replaces Brunt.
    • 71' GOAL!! UNITED 2-0 WEST BROM!! Rooney hammers a crisp low strike right into the bottom corner!
    • 70' PENALTY!! Andrews bundles over Young with a silly challenge that did not need to be made, and referee Lee Probert points to the spot! Rooney will take the kick...
    • 68' The Baggies look like they are going to be under the cosh for the final 20 minutes or so now they are down to 10 men, even more so than they were when the sides were level.
    • 67' Young's shot from the edge of the box takes a significant deflection and Foster does well to adjust himself and make the save!
    • 66' OLSSON SENT OFF!! The Swedish defender gets a second booking for a foul on Hernandez and with it a red!
    • 65' Good build-up from West Brom, but Morrison's pass inside goes right to the feet of Ferdinand.
    • 63' Once again West Brom are being pinned back in their own half by United. Scholes's pop from range is an easy stop for Foster.
    • 62' If Man United win and Man City draw the teams will be tied on 67 points. The last PL season to see 2 teams tied on points in first place after 28 match rounds was 2001/2002 with both Man United and Arsenal on 57 points. Arsenal went on to win the PL title, Man United finished third 10 points behind Arsenal.
    • 60' Tamas has a hopeful punt at goal from 30 yards or more, but De Gea was always right behind it.
    • 59' HOW DID WELBECK MISS? Scholes's lofted ball forward leaves both Tamas and Olsson on the floor and Welbeck sidefoots his effort wide of the far post!
    • 58' James Morrison is tripped just inside the United half by Carrick. United deal with the lacklustre set piece well.
    • 57' Foster stays strong as he leaps to pluck a decent cross from the right.
    • 56' Good cross in from Jones to the near post. Hernandez can't get enough purchase on the ball to trouble Foster.
    • 54' Rooney meets the corner with an agile diving header, but it's an easy catch for Foster in the end.
    • 53' HERNANDEZ OFF THE POST!! Rooney squares the ball to the Mexican on the edge of the area. He checks back on to his right foot and crashes a decent strike off the frame of the goal! foster looked beaten there!
    • 52' A good tweet from Amirhossein Fazeli ‏(@AmirFazeli): "Scholes playes today against west brom and now he equals Bill Foulkes with 688 appearances for United in the all competition."
    • 51' Rooney is almost played in with a through ball but it is intercepted and West Brom calmly play their way out of trouble this time.
    • 49' United clear the corner, and Jonas Olsson gets the first booking of the game as he fouls to stop the counter-attack.
    • 48' Brunt's cross is blocked behind for a corner by Jones. Bright opening to the second half from the Baggies.
    • 47' No changes from either side at the break.
    • 46' United get the second half underway!
    • HT @AyiJihu: "Best first half from Man Utd for some time. Should be at least 2 up though."
    • HT @incakolanews: "Is it because ManU care more about EPL than Europe games because the crowd cares more, or vice versa? Different gravy today."
    • 45+2' The whistle blows for half-time, and United go into the break with a deserved lead. what did you make of the first 45 minutes? Let me know on Twitter @tony_mabert. Tweet your thoughts
    • 45+1' West Brom skipper Brunt swings in the set piece from deep, but it flies over everyone and out for a goal kick.
    • 45' The game restarts, and United win a corner. It's a good delivery from Young but West brom clear. Fortune luanches a promising counter as he feeds Odemwingie, only for the striker to be tripped over by Jones.
    • 44' Mulumbu has gone down and looks in a great deal of pain as he clutches his ankle. The West Brom midfielder went in hard with a challenge on Evans but came off worse.
    • 43' United very much bossing things now as the half draws to a close. They have had 69% of the possession in the last five minutes.
    • 41' A sustained spell of United possession in the West Brom half comes to an end as Young's reverse pass finds Evra in an offside position.
    • 40' Jones stoops in at the far post to head Young's cross wide, and then can't stop himself before flying over the hoardings! Apologies, Phil, but that was funny.
    • 38' This is the 40th time Wayne Rooney scores the opening goal in a PL match for Man United, equalling the PL club record of Paul Scholes
    • 36' That's Rooney's 19th league goal of the season, his seventh in his last six games in all competitions and his fourth in his last five games against West Brom.
    • 35' GOAL!! UNITED 1-0 WEST BROM!! Hernandez cuts in from the right and hits a low shot on goal. Rooney times his run perfectly to stay onside and guide it past Foster!
    • 34' Young causing havoc in the West Brom area again before Tamas boots the ball behind for a corner.
    • 33' United launch the quick break now. Hernandez holds it up on the left before the cross goes in to Rooney at the far post... Guided tamely at Foster! Rooney couldn't get the power of precision on his effort, and Foster gratefully catches.
    • 32' Some good attacking possession in the United half from West Brom, but the home side form a red wall and the attack ultimately breaks down.
    • 31' Hernandez spins as he controls Rooney's through ball and fires into the side netting. The Mexican was offside, in any case, so it wouldn't have counted.
    • 30' Youssouf Mulumbu helps calm things down in midfield for West brom, but United are beginning to warm to their task now.
    • 29' Fortune gets the better of Ferdinand out wide, bending a cross around him on the turn. None of his West Brom team-mates took the gamble of making a surge into the box, though.
    • 28' Ryan Giggs is on 902 matches for the Manchester United in all competitions. If he comes on today he will break Paolo Maldini’s club record of 902 appearances for AC Milan.
    • 27' Welbeck completes a one-two with Young with a classy backheel, but again Young is denied by a block from a West brom defender.
    • 26' Welbeck outmuscles his marker before leaping for the corner but his header is over the bar.
    • 25' Great control tight on the touchline by Young, who then nips past Tamas along the byline but Gareth McAuley stops him in his tracks for a corner.
    • 23' Scholes is conducting proceedings for United at the moment. He almost gets on the end of a move he started only for Young's low cross inside the area to be blocked.
    • 21' Andrews is a tough customer, and he is soon on his feet and play can continue.
    • 20' Andrews is down and receiving treatment after being caught by Scholes. It looked innocuous, with Andrews tripping over Scholes's leg after trying to tackle the United midfielder.
    • 19' This is only the second time this season Man City and Man United have kicked off at exactly the same time (excluding the Manchester derby). On 1 October 2011 both teams kicked off at 15:00 with United beating Norwich 2-0 and City winning 4-0 at Blackburn Rovers.
    • 18' Wolves boss Terry Connor is at Old Trafford today. United's next league game is a trip to Molineux. Bet that's just what Connor needs at the moment.
    • 17' Brunt rolls the dead ball into the run-up of Andrews.... The drilled low effort is tipped around the foot of the post by De Gea! From the corner, Ridgewell sends his header looping safely over the bar.
    • 16' Fortune is felled by Evans, and Chris Brunt might fancy his chances from this sort of range...
    • 15' Peter Odemwingie races after a diagonal ball over the top, but he is penalised for tripping Evra as the pair tussle for the ball.
    • 14' West Brom try to play their way calmly out of defence, but Scholes breaks the move up with a good interception in the centre circle.
    • 12' If United avoid defeat they will pick up their 2000th ever point in league matches under Sir Alex Ferguson. He currently has 1999 points from 986 league matches as their manager.
    • 11' Rooney hits a shot from range over the target. The striker has scored seven goals in his last five games.
    • 10' Good feet from Danny Welbeck as he skips into the box before feeding Young on the left. The England winger's strike from a tight angle is beaten away by former United keeper Ben Foster at the near post.
    • 9' Poor clearance out of the United box by Michael Carrick and Chris Brunt fires his shot from range high and wide.
    • 8' Half-hearted shouts for a penalty there as Jones went down under pressure from Ridgewell, but that was never a penalty.
    • 7' Young's set piece is floated across the box, where Phil Jones had it back into the mixer but West Brom survive.
    • 6' United resume their early dominance of the possession. Gabriel Tamas fouls Patrice Evra and United have a free-kick in s good position.
    • 5' ANDREWS!! Liam Ridgewell has time to bend in a good cross tot he near post and Keith Andrews steers it wide of the near post! Great chance for West Brom to take the lead!
    • 4' Marc-Antoine Fortune almost hustles Rio Ferdiand into a costly error down the right wing, but the United defender does just enough to sneak the ball to a Jonny Evans.
    • 3' Scholes has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against West Brom. Wayne Rooney has scored in three of his last four games against them, while Javier Hernandez has scored in both of his meetings with the Baggies last season.
    • 2' After spending the entire first minute knocking the ball between David de Gea and his defenders, Paul Scholes drops deep to insitigate a move forward. Ashley Young wins a corner for United, but West Brom defend it well.
    • 1' West Brom kick off and we're underway at Old Trafford!
    • 13:55 The players are walking out on to the pitch now. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 13:50 We are getting close to kick off in what could be a huge day in the Premier League title race. You can share your thoughts with me on this game via Twitter @tony_mabert. Get in touch!
    • 13:45 Hodgson is full of praise for his defender Reid, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage: "He’s done so well at the club since I came here just over a year ago. He’s been outstanding. It’s not the same injury he suffered at Newcastle. It’s the same ankle but this time it’s an internal ligament rather than an external ligament.” Full story here
    • 13:40 United boss Alex Ferguson is still reeling from Thursday's 3-2 home defeat to Atheltic Bilbao in the Europa League: "We have had a bad year in Europe. We conceded three against Basel, two against Benfica, another three against Bilbao and two to Ajax. That tells its own story. Maybe it is just one of those years where we are having to restock and assess how we should approach games at home." Match report: United 2-3 Athletic Club
    • 13:35 Today's referee at old Trafford is Lee Probert. The Wiltshire official has taken charge of one game for each of these teams this season: United's 3-0 win over Tottenaham and West Brom's 3-1 loss to the same side.
    • 13:30 United have won nine of their 11 Premier League meetings with West Brom, drawing the other two. They are unbeaten in their last 15 league meetings. The Baggies came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the corresponding fixture last season. When these two sides met on the opening day of this campaign United overcame another goalkeeping error by David de Gea to open their title defence with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns. Match report: West Brom 1-2 Man United
    • 13:25 In what could be a pivotal day in the Premier League title race, United will go top of the table if they beat West Brom and Manchester City - who kick off against Swansea at the same time this afternoon - lose in Wales. West Brom will move up four places to eighth with a win at Old Trafford, on place and one point behind manager Roy Hodgson's former club, Liverpool. Premier League table
    • 13:20 West Brom captain Chris Brunt makes his first start in two months after recovering from a broken foot. The Northern Ireland international replaces for fellow midfielder Jerome Thomas, who failed to overcome a hamstring injury which has dogged him in recent weeks. With right-back Steven Reid already ruled out with an ankle problem, Gabriel Tamas deputises. West Bromwich Albion team page
    • 13:20 Chris Smalling misses out for United. Smalling re-opened a head wound originally sustained on England duty during Thursday night's Europa League defeat to Athletic Bilbao and a pre-match assessment has ruled him out of action this afternoon. Midfielder Tom Cleverley is on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury, where he is joined by Paul Pogba despite reports that the youngster will be on his way to Juventus at the end of the season. Manchester United team page
    • 13:15 Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Cleverley, Pogba /// West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Odemwingie, Andrews, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Fortune. Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, Long, Dorrans, Shorey, Cox, Scharner.
    • 13:10 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford!
  • Summary

    • 82' United hit West Brom on the counter again and Hernandez curls in a great cross that Young sends wide with a diving header!
    • 80' Great driving run forward from Mulumbu before he feeds Long. The Ireland striker hits a solid shot on the turn that De Gea has to palm behind for a corner!
    • 71' GOAL!! UNITED 2-0 WEST BROM!! Rooney hammers a crisp low strike right into the bottom corner!
    • 70' PENALTY!! Andrews bundles over Young with a silly challenge that did not need to be made, and referee Lee Probert points to the spot! Rooney will take the kick...
    • 67' Young's shot from the edge of the box takes a significant deflection and Foster does well to adjust himself and make the save!
    • 66' OLSSON SENT OFF!! The Swedish defender gets a second booking for a foul on Hernandez and with it a red!
    • 59' HOW DID WELBECK MISS? Scholes's lofted ball forward leaves both Tamas and Olsson on the floor and Welbeck sidefoots his effort wide of the far post!
    • 54' Rooney meets the corner with an agile diving header, but it's an easy catch for Foster in the end.
    • 53' HERNANDEZ OFF THE POST!! Rooney squares the ball to the Mexican on the edge of the area. He checks back on to his right foot and crashes a decent strike off the frame of the goal! foster looked beaten there!
    • 40' Jones stoops in at the far post to head Young's cross wide, and then can't stop himself before flying over the hoardings! Apologies, Phil, but that was funny.
    • 35' GOAL!! UNITED 1-0 WEST BROM!! Hernandez cuts in from the right and hits a low shot on goal. Rooney times his run perfectly to stay onside and guide it past Foster!
    • 33' United launch the quick break now. Hernandez holds it up on the left before the cross goes in to Rooney at the far post... Guided tamely at Foster! Rooney couldn't get the power of precision on his effort, and Foster gratefully catches.
    • 26' Welbeck outmuscles his marker before leaping for the corner but his header is over the bar.
    • 17' Brunt rolls the dead ball into the run-up of Andrews.... The drilled low effort is tipped around the foot of the post by De Gea! From the corner, Ridgewell sends his header looping safely over the bar.
    • 10' Good feet from Danny Welbeck as he skips into the box before feeding Young on the left. The England winger's strike from a tight angle is beaten away by former United keeper Ben Foster at the near post.
    • 5' ANDREWS!! Liam Ridgewell has time to bend in a good cross tot he near post and Keith Andrews steers it wide of the near post! Great chance for West Brom to take the lead!
    • 13:15 Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Cleverley, Pogba /// West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Odemwingie, Andrews, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Fortune. Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, Long, Dorrans, Shorey, Cox, Scharner.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.5 7
      Defenders
      7 6
      6.8 7
      6.8 6
      6.9 7
      Midfielders
      6.4 6
      Substitution Out73′ 7.2 8
      7.8 8
      Substitution Out77′ 6.7 7
      Strikers
      Goals ×2 7.9 9
      7.4 7
      Subs
      Substitution In77′ 7.2 -
      Substitution In73′ 7 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      4.8 6
      Defenders
      4.7 5
      4.5 6
      Red Card 4.4 5
      4.5 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out72′ 4.8 6
      4.5 6
      5.2 5
      4.6 5
      Substitution Out72′ 4.7 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out77′ 4.4 5
      Subs
      Substitution In72′ 4.6 5
      Substitution In72′ 4.5 5
      Substitution In77′ 4.3 -

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