Sunday August 14, 2011 Day 1 Finished The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Manchester United

  • Long 37’
  • Rooney 13’
  • Reid 81’ (o.g.)

  1. United overcome De Gea howler

    United overcome De Gea howler

    Manchester United overcame another goalkeeping error by David De Gea to open their Premier League title defence with a 2-1 win at West Brom. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • Manchester United
    • - 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+4' There's the final whistle! United have done it the hard way, but they start their title defence with a win.
    • 90+3' Foster is up for a West Brom free-kick!! The ball loops to De Gea, who declines the option of going for the empty net, and plays it short instead!
    • 90+2' Cox is rightly booked for diving as he catapults himself past Phil Jones.
    • 90+2' Cox tries to get a shot away... again it is charged down.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played... Fergie looks unimpressed.
    • 90' Mulumbu hits a long-range shot that comes back off a defender at the edge of the United box.
    • 89' Brunt hits a low shot from the edge of the box. It's straight at De Gea, who just about manages to cling on.
    • 88' Tchoyi brings the ball down superbly at the edge of the box, but he takes an age over the shot and gets crowded out in the end.
    • 87' West Brom: Simon Cox on for Shane Long.
    • 86' Another yellow card as Scharner goes through the back of Rooney. Clear booking.
    • 85' West Brom: Gonzalo Jara comes on for Steven Reid. Apparently we have to call him Gonzalo Jara Reyes this season.
    • 84' Tchoyi flicks the ball up and volleys... high over the bar.
    • 83' Shane Long has had a great game, and he forces Jones into a last-ditch challenge. A real handful, the Irishman.
    • 82' That will go down as an own goal, presumably against Reid. But great play by Young, digging United out of a deep, deep hole.
    • 81' GOAL!! ASHLEY YOUNG!! Gives United the lead back from an outrageous angle! He dribbles inside from the left and fires it in - and the ball actually goes in via Tamas AND Reid.
    • 80' West Brom look the likelier goalscorers here - and Anderson is booked, apparently for chatting back to the ref.
    • 79' Now De Gea is down injured after catching an arm in the face from Long. He'll be OK. But will his confidence?
    • 78' De Gea comes for Brunt's free-kick and gets taken out as he rises - but it wasn't very assertive goalkeeping and Mike Jones says no foul.
    • 77' Cleverley goes piling into Long and that's a free-kick. He says he pulled out of the challenge, and the replay seems to back him up.
    • 76' United currently have none of Van der Sar, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand or Rafael - the back five that played so much of last season.
    • 75' Off goes Rio Ferdinand. Jones is on. And if anyone was wondering why United were stockpiling centre-backs, there's your answer.
    • 74' Handball against Nani, whose hands were up wehn attempting to block a cross. Brunt may fancy a shot.
    • 73' Oh blimey - now Rio Ferdinand is clutching his hamstring. Another key man could be injured for United. Phil Jones is on the bench.
    • 72' United are playing the ball slickly around the West Brom half, but with little penetration - Berbatov gives it away.
    • 71' Tchoyi is a tricky dribbler, and gets the better of Smalling before crossing from the left... Evans heads away for a throw.
    • 69' Great play by Long, who knocks the ball past Evans and muscles his way past the Northern Irishman. Referee Jones does not agree, awarding United a soft free-kick.
    • 68' Young curls the ball into the box and nearly locates the top-right corner from 35 yards. Foster was beaten but the ball drops just over!
    • 67' Young cuts inside from the left and hits a low ball into the centre - booted unceremoniously for a United throw.
    • 66' Long chases a high through ball, but just cannot reach it and the ball goes out - West Brom want a corner, but a goal kick is awarded.
    • 65' Man Utd change: Dimitar Berbatov on for Danny Welbeck.
    • 65' Nani clips the free-kick into the box towards Smalling, who claims he is pushed by Shorey - he misses his attempted header.
    • 64' Young is brought down on the left, right on the edge of the box - foul by Brunt.
    • 63' West Brom have done a good containing job on United, who are just short of a bit of guile at the moment.
    • 62' It has been a pretty slow second half so far. United get in a bit of a pickle as Smalling plays a mediocre backpass to De Gea, who slices it out for a throw.
    • 61' Stat from Infostrada Sports: 'Manchester United didn't win a single #PremierLeague away match last season in which Jonny Evans featured. '
    • 60' United build slowly, and with West Brom back in numbers, Smalling hits a poor attempt at a cross out for a goal kick.
    • 58' Foul by Morrison, and a chance for Nani to whip in a free-kick... off Rooney's head and out for a throw via a defender.
    • 57' West Brom are doing what Andre Villas-Boas calls a 'deep block' - putting two banks of four men behind the ball. That will be the Roy Hodgson effect. Pragmatic.
    • 56' Slightly harsh yellow card for Young, who was fractionally late into a challenge on Long.
    • 55' Fabio is well forward down the left and wins a corner off Brunt, who gives one of his team-mates a rocket...
    • 53' Young hits a flat free-kick into the box... it just glances off Rooney's head, but there is not enough contact to direct it goalwards.
    • 52' Man Utd: Jonny Evans replaces Nemanja Vidic.
    • 51' Mulumbu nicks the ball off Anderson... Vidic dispossesses him, but in doing so he tweaks his injury and asks to come off.
    • 50' De Gea is being given a torrid time by the West Brom fans. Sorry David, but this is your life until (if) you stop dropping clangers.
    • 49' Rooney has a go at the linesman after a throw-in decision goes against him. Steady, Wayne...
    • 48' The home fans make a tremendous noise as De Gea prepares to make a clearance, but he boots it away smartly enough.
    • 47' There, I've said it. Taibi.
    • 46' Second half under way! De Gea has not been substituted, as some were suggesting. A sensible move. If you take him off, you risk killing his confidence, resulting in a Taibi situation.
    • 45+3' That's half-time, and a fascinating second half is assured....
    • 45+2' That De Gea blunder seems to have robbed United of their confidence. They are happy to play for half-time.
    • 45+1' Young goes for goal from the edge of the box... miles away. Then Morrison falls over an inadventently handles in the area. No penalty, right decision.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of an eventful first half.
    • 44' So close West Brom! De Gea does well to clear a mis-hit Tchoyi cross! Nearly a freak goal for West Brom.
    • 43' A spot of head tennis in the United box culminates in the ball dropping to Brunt, who batters a volley high into the crowd.
    • 42' Michael Owen, England international turned professional cheerleader, tweets: "Oh no! In total control of the match and all of a sudden it's game on. Still confident, we are playing well."
    • 41' If I'm being disrespectful to a long line of great Amish goalkeepers, do feel free to put me right. @alexchick81
    • 40' You know what bothers me most about De Gea? His beard. Makes him look Amish.
    • 39' Well, from a position of total comfort, Manchester United find themselves pegged back! Funny Old Game, as a grizzled ex-pro once said...
    • 38' That is another video nasty from David De Gea. He really should have got down to that one. Well, at least it's not just long shots he's vulnerable to...
    • 37' GOAL!! Shane Long equalises for West Brom! He fires a low, right foot shot from a tight angle, and it squirms under De Gea into the corner.
    • 36' Rooney rolls the ball into the six-yard box for Cleverley, but the midfielder is crowded out...
    • 35' SCHARNER!! He speeds beyond Vidic and fires a powerful shot that De Gea parries for a corner - the Austrian was not closed down very effectively there...
    • 34' Much has been made of United's average age - the starting XI averages 23.9, compared with 28.5 against Blackpool on the last day of last season. Though the Van der Sar/De Gea swicth accounts for two of those years.
    • 33' Foster has been desperately hesitant at coming for crosses - he lets another one bounce a couple of yards in front of him.
    • 32' Vidic strides forward with the ball - he seems to be moving OK, though Fabio won't thank him for a hospital pass that results in the wing-back in a heap on the floor.
    • 31' Cleverley crosses from the right - this time his delivery is poor and Tamas hoofs it clear.
    • 30' Vidic continues to soldier on, and it looks like he will try to finish this match.
    • 28' NANI!! Foster's weak punch from a corner falls to the winger, who volleys over from eight yards. Not an easy chance, but definitely a chance...
    • 27' Opta Joe weighs in with this nugget: After opening the scoring at WBA, Wayne Rooney has now scored 11 PL goals in 2011, only Robin Van Persie has more (18). Hot.
    • 26' United win a corner on the left... they lost a two-goal lead against West Brom last season so will be looking to put this game away early if at all possible.
    • 25' Phil Neville is in the away end, among the hoi polloi. He seems to be enjoying himself. And his dad Neville is there, too.
    • 23' West Brom free-kick 40 yards out... swirled into the box by Brunt and it goes out for a corner... there actually appeared to be a push on Vidic but referee Mike Jones missed it.
    • 22' NANI shoots over! Great one-touch passing from United as Rooney, Welbeck and Nani ping it around in a triangle - but the winger spoons his shot into the crowd!
    • 20' Vidic is gesturing to the bench - the message seems to be 'give it five minutes'...
    • 19' Ashley Young seems to have slotted seamlessly into the United first team - and as I type that he misplaces a pass...
    • 18' Vidic is back on, but United have Jonny Evans warming up.
    • 17' Nemanja Vidic has a problem, and comes over to the touchline for treatment on an injury.
    • 15' Banner in the away end: "Who Needs Wesley - We've Got Cleverley"
    • 14' That was a great finish from Rooney - really confident, and he pinged it in with his weaker foot. The youngsters are looking good.
    • 13' GOAL!! United in front through Wayne Rooney! Young plays a square ball to the number 10's feet at the edge of the box, and Rooney drives a low, left-footed shot into the right corner past Foster's dive.
    • 12' United break with pace - they have real menace with Young and Nani...
    • 11' West Brom continue their decent spell, until Tchoyi loses out at the edge of the United box.
    • 9' Joey Barton has been on Twitter - he fancies 'goals galore' in this one.
    • 8' Scharner goes for goal from distance, and West Brom are obviously looking to test De Gea with long-range shots. That is high and wide.
    • 7' Young sprays an excellent pass for Nani, but the winger miscontrols and the ball goes out for a throw.
    • 6' Now a chance for West Brom as Morrison fires in a free-kick, and Rooney is back to head clear.
    • 4' Young whips in a free-kick from the United left... Foster looks shaky again, but West Brom survive for now.
    • 3' Anderson swings the free-kick right underneath the bar, and Foster just about manages to punch it away.
    • 2' A nervy start from ex-United man Ben Foster, who hits a weak clearance at Rooney. And United win a corner from a deflected Young shot.
    • 1' Game on! United kick off, playing from right to left in red shirts, black shorts and black socks. West Brom in white and navy stripes.
    • 15:58 The teams come out to a cracking reception. We'll be under way shortly.
    • 15:55 West Brom warmed up in t-shirts with the words: 'Get Well Soon, Dave' - it's a nice gesture towards kitman Dave Matthews, who is battling cancer.
    • 15:50 It has been confirmed that Rafael is out for 10 weeks with a shoulder injury. And Manchester United's average age of 24 is the youngest in the Premier League.
    • 15:45 What do you make of the two line ups? The big stories from the two teams is that Shane Long starts after signing for West Brom earlier in the week, and a youthful United side sees Tom Cleverley at the heart of the midfield. Do you think Hodgson and Ferguson have picked the right XIs?
    • 15:40 TEAMS: West Brom: Foster, Reid, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Tchoyi, Long. Subs: Fulop, Dorrans, Jara Reyes, Dawson, Thorne, Cox, Fortune /// Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio Da Silva, Young, Cleverley, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Evans, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Carrick
    • 15:35 Rio Ferdinand has cautioned against emerging Manchester United star Tom Cleverley being labelled the new Paul Scholes. Ferdinand has no doubts Cleverley can make a big impact for United this season but the Londoner feels attaching the Scholes tag would be too much for the 22-year-old. This is what Rio has had to say on Cleverley...
    • 15:30 TEAM NEWS! Tom Cleverley has been handed his Manchester United Premier League debut by Sir Alex Ferguson at West Brom this afternoon! The 22-year-old, who spent last term on loan at Wigan, is named in midfield alongside Anderson for the champions, whilst fellow youngster Danny Welbeck retains his place alongside Wayne Rooney in attack, with Dimitar Berbatov amongst the substitutes. David de Gea, as expected, is picked in goal. The teams in full will follow shortly...
    • 15:25 Roy Hodgson urged West Brom to avoid becoming the latest victims of the Premier League `second-season syndrome' ahead of their opening home clash. Hodgson is aware of clubs failing to build on their initial taste of the Premier League with the likes of Ipswich, Reading and Hull recently relegated in their second campaigns. Read more
    • 15:20 Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson believes that the Community Shield victory over city rivals Manchester City makes the favourites for the Premier League title this season... Check out the video!
    • 15:15 There's are no surprises about the LIVE pre-match odds: West Brom 11/2, Draw 3/1, Man Utd 8/15 - United are obviously clear favourites for the win, but what do you predict for this match?
    • 15:10 TEAM NEWS: New signing Shane Long is poised to make his West Brom debut, but his forward partner Peter Odemwingie is struggling to overcome the ankle injury suffered in the pre-season friendly at Bristol City a fortnight ago. Right-back Steven Reid (calf) and Youssouf Mulumbu (abdominal strain) are available after injury but summer signing, defender Gareth McAuley, is ruled out through illness.
    • 15:05 Patrice Evra is a major doubt after he was forced out of last week's Community Shield win over Manchester City with a knee injury and was not fit enough to play in France's midweek friendly with Chile. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Evra is still struggling, so either Fabio or Jonny Evans will likely step in. Darren Fletcher (virus) and Antonio Valencia are pencilled in for reserve-team appearances on Monday, while Javier Hernandez (concussion) is sidelined for another fortnight.
    • 15:00 Manchester United get their Premier League campaign underway at The Hawthorns where the champions take on Roy Hodgson's West Bromwich Albion.
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL!! ASHLEY YOUNG!! Gives United the lead back from an outrageous angle! He dribbles inside from the left and fires it in - and the ball actually goes in via Tamas AND Reid.
    • 44' So close West Brom! De Gea does well to clear a mis-hit Tchoyi cross! Nearly a freak goal for West Brom.
    • 37' GOAL!! Shane Long equalises for West Brom! He fires a low, right foot shot from a tight angle, and it squirms under De Gea into the corner.
    • 35' SCHARNER!! He speeds beyond Vidic and fires a powerful shot that De Gea parries for a corner - the Austrian was not closed down very effectively there...
    • 28' NANI!! Foster's weak punch from a corner falls to the winger, who volleys over from eight yards. Not an easy chance, but definitely a chance...
    • 22' NANI shoots over! Great one-touch passing from United as Rooney, Welbeck and Nani ping it around in a triangle - but the winger spoons his shot into the crowd!
    • 13' GOAL!! United in front through Wayne Rooney! Young plays a square ball to the number 10's feet at the edge of the box, and Rooney drives a low, left-footed shot into the right corner past Foster's dive.
    • 1' Game on! United kick off, playing from right to left in red shirts, black shorts and black socks. West Brom in white and navy stripes.
    • 15:40 TEAMS: West Brom: Foster, Reid, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Tchoyi, Long. Subs: Fulop, Dorrans, Jara Reyes, Dawson, Thorne, Cox, Fortune /// Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio Da Silva, Young, Cleverley, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Evans, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Carrick

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      Defenders
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      Strikers
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      Goal Substitution Out88′ 6.4 -
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      Substitution In88′ Yellow Card 3.6 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Substitution Out65′ 6.4 -
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      Substitution In52′ 6.5 -
      Substitution In75′ 6.4 -