Sunday March 18, 2012 Day 29 Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 5 Manchester United

  • Evans 21’
  • Valencia 43’
  • Welbeck 45’
  • Hernández 56’, 61’

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  1. United put five past 10-man Wolves

    United put five past 10-man Wolves

    Manchester United opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League when dismantling 10-man Wolves 5-0 at Molineux. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Manchester United
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    • 90+2' FULL TIME. Manchester United go four clear of City thanks to a 5-0 win over 10-man Wolves. Wolves go bottom with a sixth consecutive league defeat at home.
    • 90+1' We will have two minutes of added time.
    • 90' Stearman is forced to clear from the centre of the box as United push forward once more.
    • 88' Stat from Infostrada: "73 goals is the most by a United side at this point of a top flight season since 1957-58 (74 goals). Their 29th league match that season was the first after the Munich Air Disaster."
    • 86' Hernandez produces a looping header as he goes in search of a third goal but Hennessey plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 84' Now Pogba flashes a shot wide after combining with Welbeck. The young midfielder has shown glimpses of ability since coming on as a substitute.
    • 83' Stat from Opta: "Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last four Premier League matches."
    • 82' Bassong does well to cut out a low cross to Hernandez and denies the striker an almost certain hat-trick as he only had to tap in from close range.
    • 80' At the other end, Foley drags a shot wide for Wolves.
    • 79' Rooney slips in Welbeck with a neat pass and only a fine save from Hennessey prevents it from becoming 6-0.
    • 78' Wolves change: Fletcher is replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in the Wolves attack.
    • 76' Fabio goes close! Rooney plays a high ball out to Welbeck and the forward lays the ball off to the left back, who fires wide from 20 yards.
    • 75' Sub for United: Evans replaced by Smalling at the back.
    • 73' United are getting Chris Smalling ready on the touchline.
    • 72' Stat from Infostrada: "Manchester United currently have 73 goals from their 29 Premier League matches – the most by any top flight club at this stage of a season since Tottenham in 1963-64 (75 goals)."
    • 70' Fletcher with a 'rabona' cross. Nice attempt but United are able to clear.
    • 69' Unlucky for Wolves! Kightly puts a deep cross into the box and somehow Ward heads wide at the back post when all he had to go was nod the ball home.
    • 68' Welbeck goes into the book for tripping Kightly, though it looked as though the midfielder went down rather easily.
    • 67' De Gea is called into action as he makes a decent stop to deny Kightly and then dives to catch a header from Fletcher as Wolves fire a cross into the box.
    • 66' Stat from Infostrada: "The biggest ever Premier League away victory was 8-1 by Manchester United at Nottingham Forest in February 1999."
    • 64' Welbeck has a shot blocked and Hernandez then wins a corner as United press in search of a sixth.
    • 63' Another change for United: Evra gets a rest and is replaced by Fabio.
    • 62' Stat from Infostrada: "Wolves’ biggest PL defeat at Molineux was 5-0 against Chelsea in September 2003."
    • 61' GOAL! Wolves 0-5 Manchester United! Hernandez with another! Wolves are being absolutely taken apart and it is a goal of stunning quality. Welbeck plays a return pass to Valencia with a lovely backheel and the winger's cross then finds Hernandez, who sweeps the ball home with a ferocious finish at the back post.
    • 59' Hernandez leaps into the air to try and get his boot to a cross from Rooney but both he and Hennessey fail to connect with the ball.
    • 58' Manchester United change: Paul Pogba comes on for Carrick.
    • 57' Wolves change: Doyle is replaced by Michael Kightly.
    • 56' GOAL! Wolves 0-4 Manchester United! Oh dear. Hernandez heads home after a short corner routine as Wolves concede again. There wasn't a Wolves player within three metres of him. Awful defending.
    • 56' Chance for United! Rooney curls in a lovely low shot but Hennessey turns the ball behind when making a fine save.
    • 54' Stat from Opta: "Manchester United have only ever had more points after 28 games once before in Premier League history (69 in 2006-07)."
    • 53' Kevin Foley pushes Rooney to the ground in the centre of the pitch but the infringement goes unpunished.
    • 51' Rooney tries to set Hernandez free on the left of the box but his pass is a poor one. Hernandez then fails to control a cross from Valencia. It has been scrappy start to the second half for United.
    • 49' Scholes slips in Hernandez with a clever pass but the Mexican can't keep control of the ball in the box. Now Hernandez takes possession and delivers a cross but Hennessey plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 47' Stat from Infostrada: "Wolves are one of only four clubs in PL history to win after being three goals behind. They won 4-3 at home to Leicester City in October 2003."
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+4' HALF TIME. Valencia - who has been fantastic - lays the ball off to Carrick, who sees his shot deflected over. There is no time for the corner though. What a half for United.
    • 45+3' Terry Connor looks like he is about to cry and Wolves need half-time to collect themselves.
    • 45+2' GOAL! Wolves 0-3 Manchester United! The home side have imploded completely. Welbeck with the first-time finish from 10 yards after Valencia finds him with the cut-back. This could get very ugly in the second half.
    • 45+1' Hernandez and Ward are involved in a row in the box as United prepare to deliver a corner. Replays show that Stearman bodychecked the striker to the ground in a reckless manoeuvre that was missed by the ref.
    • 45' That goal means that Wolves have dropped to the bottom of the table, below Wigan on goal difference.
    • 44' GOAL! Wolves 0-2 Manchester United! A fantastic counter-attack from a Wolves corner. Rooney dinks the ball wide to Valencia and he accelerates down the wing and into the box before finishing with a firm effort from a tight angle. Lovely.
    • 43' Wolves make a change as Eggert Jonsson comes on for Davis, who has not recovered from that injury.
    • 42' Stat from Infostrada: "Ronald Zubar is the third player to be sent off in the division for Wolves this season after Nenad Milijas and Karl Henry."
    • 41' His first booking was also for a rather reckless challenge on Rooney and Zubar can have few arguments really. Wolves will need to reshuffle now.
    • 40' RED CARD! Zubar is shown a second yellow after 39 minutes! It could be a long afternoon for the home side now. He produces a very clumsy, and stupid, tackle on Welbeck by the touchline.
    • 38' Davis, meanwhile gets strapping applied to his ribs and is ready to return to the pitch.
    • 37' Stat from Infostrada: "Wolves have conceded in each of their last 26 Premier League matches, since a 0-0 at Aston Villa on August 27. This is the longest ever top flight streak without a clean sheet in their history."
    • 36' Davis is down on the pitch and requires treatment. However, he clambers to his feet and hobbles off.
    • 35' David Davis is caught in possession by Welbeck as United break but the young midfielder recovers when sticking in a boot to prevent Hernandez from driving into the box. It's a good tackle but Davis has hurt himself.
    • 34' Carrick is guilty of giving away a free kick in front of the United goal this time but the visiting defence clear when Jarvis drops the ball into the box.
    • 33' Stat from Infostrada: "Manchester United have won 21 and drawn two of the previous 23 PL matches when they have opened the scoring this season – a better record than any other club after netting first."
    • 32' Rooney plays a fine pass over the top for Hernandez but the Mexican just strays offside as he races onto the ball.
    • 31' Stat from Opta: "No team with fewer than 12 points after 14 Premier League home games has ever survived in the Premier League (Wolves have 11)."
    • 30' Rafael brings down Doyle 25 yards from goal and Wolves have a free kick in a dangerous area. Fletcher takes on the shot but lifts the ball over the bar.
    • 29' Rooney plays the ball short to Carrick and then ghosts into the box to try and meet a cross from Valencia with a raised boot. However, Bassong is on hand to head clear.
    • 28' Zubar goes into the book for chopping down Rooney with a late challenge. It's an awful tackle in truth, though the striker is okay.
    • 26' Stat from Opta: "Only Arsenal (19) have recouped more points from losing positions than Wolves (14) this season, while Man Utd have recovered fewer (2) than any other team."
    • 25' Welbeck almost sneaks in yet again in identical circumstances following another reverse pass from Valencia but this time Hennessey does grab the ball at the feet of the forward.
    • 23' Stat from Infostrada: "Johnny Evans scored his first ever Manchester United goal in his 119th appearance for the club."
    • 22' United look for a quick second as Welbeck nips in to fire a shot into the side netting as Hennessey and Richard Stearman are guilty of hesitation.
    • 21' GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Manchester United! Rooney's corner finds Carrick at the far post and when he hooks the ball back across the face of goal, Jonny Evans is completely unmarked to volley home from close range. All too easy.
    • 21' Carrick switches the ball to his left boot and lets fly from 20 yards. However, his shot is deflected behind for a corner and Rooney ambles across to take it.
    • 20' Jarvis appeals for the ball wide on the left but David Edwards puts his pass in front of his team-mate just as Jarvis checks his run. The ball rolls out of play.
    • 19' Wolves go close! Stephen Ward slips a pass out to Jarvis and the winger cuts inside Rafael before delivering a superb cross for Fletcher. The striker beats Ferdinand to the ball and heads wide, though the flag is eventually raised for offside.
    • 17' Fletcher gets his head to a cross and when Jarvis challenges for the ball he is knocked to the ground by Rafael. It's never a penalty in a million years though, despite the protests of the winger.
    • 16' United have started to look a touch more dangerous in the past 10 minutes or so but Connor will be pleased with how Wolves have coped with the league leaders.
    • 14' Stat from Opta: "Manchester United have the best chance conversion rate in the Premier League, scoring with 20% of their shots and hitting the target with 53% of their attempts."
    • 13' Nice work from United as Rooney holds onto the ball under pressure on the edge of the box and slips a pass out to Carrick. The midfielder takes a touch and drags his shot wide of the far post.
    • 12' Wolves win a free kick on the right wing and although Michael Carrick heads clear from Matt Jarvis's delivery, Wolves work the ball central to Kevin Doyle, who tests David De Gea with a low effort on the turn from the edge of the box.
    • 10' United go close! Antonio Valencia plays in Rafael with a clever reverse pass but the Brazilian's low cross for Hernandez is just out of the reach of the striker, who could have tapped home on the stretch. He looks frustrated.
    • 9' Danny Welbeck finds a bit of space for the first time but after cutting in from the left his shot is low and weak and is saved easily by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 8' United win a throw high up the pitch and Rafael urges his team-mates forward to put pressure on the home side. However, Wolves manage to clear.
    • 7' Wayne Rooney tries to wriggle free of his marker but is halted by a good challenge. There hasn't been too much joy for United as yet this afternoon and it has been a decent start for Wolves.
    • 6' Wayne Rooney tries to wriggle free of his marker but is halted by a good challenge. There hasn't been too much joy for United as yet this afternoon and it has been a decent start for Wolves.
    • 4' Stat from Infostrada: "Wolves are the only club without a goal in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season."
    • 3' Ronald Zubar accelerates away from Patrice Evra all too easily on the left wing but gets his cross all wrong as he thumps the ball over the box.
    • 2' Steven Fletcher is always a threat and he looks to latch onto a long ball over the top but can't escape the attentions of Rio Ferdinand in the United defence.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 13:28 The teams stream out onto the pitch at Molineux and both sides observe a moment's applause in support of Fabrice Muamba, who remains in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane. It's been great to see the football family rally round after those horrible scenes yesterday.
    • 13:25 If you want to let me know what you think of today's game then you can get in contact on Twitter now. I've just been expressing bemusement that Dimitar Berbatov can't even get on the bench any more. Is his time up at United? Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 13:20 Also some stats on Paul Scholes, courtesy of Infostrada: "Scholes makes his 689th appearance for Manchester United in all competitions today, becoming their outright third-highest appearance maker, moving one ahead of Bill Foulkes (688). Manchester United are unbeaten in all eight PL matches that Scholes he has played since returning, winning seven times including each of the last four."
    • 13:15 Some stats from Opta: "Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last four Premier League matches. Manchester United have only ever had more points after 28 games once before in Premier League history (69 in 2006-07). Wolves have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (208)."
    • 13:10 Manchester United may have been faintly embarrassed by Athletic Bilbao but they can now concentrate solely on the Premier League as their cup involvement has drawn to a close. With 12 wins in 15 in the league they are in very good shape. By contrast, Wolves have taken one point from three games under Terry Connor, losing 5-0 to Fulham and 2-0 at home to Blackburn in their last two. Wolves start the day in 19th. Latest Premier League table
    • 13:05 Teams: Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Bassong, Stearman, Ward, Davis, Edwards, Foley, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Johnson, Berra, Hunt, Kightly, Jonsson, Ebanks-Blake. /// Man Utd: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael, Valencia, Welbeck, Carrick, Scholes, Hernandez, Rooney. Subs: Amos, Fabio, Smalling, Giggs, Park, Pogba, Young.
    • 13:00 Manchester United make four changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao in midweek as Park Ji-Sung, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley are replaced by Paul Scholes, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. Wolves make only one change as Kevin Foley comes in for the injured Jamie O'Hara. Full teams will be with you shortly. Fergie ready for Wolves clash
    • 12:55 Referee Howard Webb was officiating at Tottenham yesterday and he has been taken off fourth official duties today as a result. It was such a traumatic experience for all those in attendance. There will also be a 30-second burst of applause prior to kick-off to show support for Muamba as he continues his fight to stay alive.
    • 12:50 Of course, this weekend's football is being completely overshadowed by the shocking scenes at White Hart Lane yesterday as Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was left fighting for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch. He is still in criticial condition. Bolton provide update on Muamba
    • 12:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League fixture between relegation-threatened Wolves and title-chasing Manchester United at Molineux. A win takes United four points clear of rivals Manchester City.
  • Summary

    • 84' Now Pogba flashes a shot wide after combining with Welbeck. The young midfielder has shown glimpses of ability since coming on as a substitute.
    • 82' Bassong does well to cut out a low cross to Hernandez and denies the striker an almost certain hat-trick as he only had to tap in from close range.
    • 79' Rooney slips in Welbeck with a neat pass and only a fine save from Hennessey prevents it from becoming 6-0.
    • 69' Unlucky for Wolves! Kightly puts a deep cross into the box and somehow Ward heads wide at the back post when all he had to go was nod the ball home.
    • 61' GOAL! Wolves 0-5 Manchester United! Hernandez with another! Wolves are being absolutely taken apart and it is a goal of stunning quality. Welbeck plays a return pass to Valencia with a lovely backheel and the winger's cross then finds Hernandez, who sweeps the ball home with a ferocious finish at the back post.
    • 56' GOAL! Wolves 0-4 Manchester United! Oh dear. Hernandez heads home after a short corner routine as Wolves concede again. There wasn't a Wolves player within three metres of him. Awful defending.
    • 45+2' GOAL! Wolves 0-3 Manchester United! The home side have imploded completely. Welbeck with the first-time finish from 10 yards after Valencia finds him with the cut-back. This could get very ugly in the second half.
    • 44' GOAL! Wolves 0-2 Manchester United! A fantastic counter-attack from a Wolves corner. Rooney dinks the ball wide to Valencia and he accelerates down the wing and into the box before finishing with a firm effort from a tight angle. Lovely.
    • 40' RED CARD! Zubar is shown a second yellow after 39 minutes! It could be a long afternoon for the home side now. He produces a very clumsy, and stupid, tackle on Welbeck by the touchline.
    • 21' GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Manchester United! Rooney's corner finds Carrick at the far post and when he hooks the ball back across the face of goal, Jonny Evans is completely unmarked to volley home from close range. All too easy.
    • 12' Wolves win a free kick on the right wing and although Michael Carrick heads clear from Matt Jarvis's delivery, Wolves work the ball central to Kevin Doyle, who tests David De Gea with a low effort on the turn from the edge of the box.
    • 13:05 Teams: Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Bassong, Stearman, Ward, Davis, Edwards, Foley, Jarvis, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Johnson, Berra, Hunt, Kightly, Jonsson, Ebanks-Blake. /// Man Utd: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael, Valencia, Welbeck, Carrick, Scholes, Hernandez, Rooney. Subs: Amos, Fabio, Smalling, Giggs, Park, Pogba, Young.

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