Saturday December 1, 2012 Day 15 Finished Madejski Stadium

Reading 3 - 4 Manchester United

  • Robson-Kanu 8’
  • Le Fondre 19’
  • Morrison 23’
  • Anderson 13’
  • Rooney 16’ (pen.), 30’
  • van Persie 34’

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  1. Premier League - Rooney double helps United edge Reading

    Premier League - Rooney double helps United edge Reading

    Wayne Rooney scored twice as Man United moved three points clear at the top of the table with an astonishing 4-3 win at Reading. More

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    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 4-3 win for United. They are three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
    • 90+1' Lindegaard forced to nudge Morrison's header over his bar. Had more time than that with Jones lost. Morrison arrives from another corner seconds later, but nods over.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' A few of the home fans have seen enough as they start to head for the exit doors.
    • 87' Reading trying to rouse themselves for one final surge up the park, but Adrian Mariappa loses his footing. A goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 86' Smalling goes for a spot of glory as he thumps a volley a fair distance over the bar. Reading beginning to feel the pace as two balls arrive on the park.
    • 85' Carrick and Jones keeping the ball with some relish in these closing moments. United no longer need to force the issue.
    • 84' United don't seem to do draws. This would be their 12th win in 14 Premier League outings even if they haven't played well.
    • 83' Ferguson on the edge of his techical area. United within touching distance of a three-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
    • 82' Hunt heads a McCleary cross back across goal, but all too comfortable for United to clear.
    • 81' Change coming then for Reading as Robson-Kanu makes way for Hunt.
    • 80' Young doing well to hold it up before Evans gives Pavel Pogrebnyak the slip to get the ball moving forward.
    • 79' Looks like Noel Hunt is also going to see some action soon as Ferdinand knocks the ball back for Lindegaard to hammer it long.
    • 78' McAnuff makes way to be replaced by McCleary for the home team.
    • 77' Tabb has been booked for a late challenge on Young. Not much in that.
    • 76' McAnuff dinks the ball across goal, but a decent piece of goalkeeping by Lindegaard to handle the cross and keep hold of it.
    • 75' It is over six years since Manchester United last conceded four goals in a Premier League away match – the 4-3 defeat at Blackburn in Feb 2006.
    • 74' Tabb wallops a shot at goal from distance, but the ball is always rising as it clears the bar.
    • 73' Danny Welbeck added to the United forward line as Van Persie departs the scene.
    • 72' Young drives the ball at goal, but he is miles off with that effort. Change coming here for United.
    • 71' Ferdinand doing just enough to divert Shorey's free-kick away from the United goal.
    • 70' Evans deemed to have fouled Pavel Pogrebnyak. A free-kick chance just outside the United area.
    • 69' The Pog would dearly love to get in on the scoring act. If he can, maybe Reading can yet rescue as point as Evans wallops the ball away from the Russian forward.
    • 68' So far in this match there have been three lead changes – equal-most ever in the Premier League era. It has happened on three previous occasions and most recently in West Ham’s 5-4 home win against Bradford in Feb 2000.
    • 67' Roberts departs the action to be replaced by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
    • 66' Somehow United only 4-3 clear. They would be winning 6-3 if Van Persie had made that count and the match officials hadn't wrongly disallowed a perfectly good goal.
    • 65' Adam Federici makes an awful error. Lose the ball to Van Persie, but he somehow misses falling off balance with the goal gaping. Horrid miss by Van Persie from six yards out.
    • 64' Anders Lindegaard urges his side to get forward as he hammers the goalkick long down the park.
    • 63' Van Persie fails to finish from Jones's cutback as he knocks the ball over the bar. Strong play from Jones as he raced onto the pass from Young.
    • 62' Evra caught offside seconds after Rooney chipped the ball back across goal. That home defence continues to look vulnerable under strain.
    • 61' United have had seven shots on goal all night. And scored with four of them. Not a bad strike rate.
    • 60' Not seen a goal in 15 minutes of this half which is slightly astonishing given the nature of the evening so far.
    • 59' Evans nods out the cross from Shorey. Roberts then guilty of a late push on Evans.
    • 58' Jones bundles his way forward, but can't come up with clinical final pass. Reading try to regroup from deep in their own half.
    • 57' Ball rattling around that United area, but finally comes off Evra. Yet a Reading corner somehow turns into a United goalkick.
    • 56' Anders Lindegaard keeps out a shot from Le Fondre, but this is not exactly inspiring stuff from the United goalkeeper. Very suspect.
    • 55' Anders Lindegaard comes off his line and drops the ball from a corner-kick before Evra makes a strong but fair challenge on McAnuff. Appeals for a penalty rightly waved away.
    • 54' Roberts overhits a ball looking for Le Fondre, but Reading earn a corner-kick of their own seconds later.
    • 53' Tabb brings down Carrick with a late challenge. United with a free-kick out wide in the home half.
    • 52' Wayne Rooney has four career Premier League hat tricks away from home. If he scores today he will equal Michael Owen’s record of five away hat tricks in the Premier League era. United trying to keep the ball and slow the game down.
    • 51' Mikele Leigertwood thumps the ball away from Van Persie. United trying to give themselves some breathing space with a fifth goal.
    • 50' Reading manage to clear the danger after Van Persie narrowly failed to pick out the run of Fletcher.
    • 49' Wayne Rooney has scored seven total hat tricks for Manchester United. If he scores again he will move one ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton (7) with most hat tricks for club. Only Denis Law (18), Jack Rowley (12) and Dennis Viollet (9) have more.
    • 48' United trying to get on the ball. Both teams conceding possession far too cheaply in this match.
    • 47' McAnuff looking to show off his attacking instincts as he lifts a shot over the bar from distance.
    • 46' Off we go then for the second half of this match. Stick with us. There are a few more goals to come.
    • 45+3' There goes the whistle for the break! A 4-3 lead for United at half-time. Astonishing stuff.
    • 44' We are into three minutes of time added on in this first half.
    • 43' Phil Jones is introduced for the departed Anderson.
    • 42' This is the second time in Premier League history Manchester United have scored four first half goals in a Premier League away match and first in nine years, since they were 4-1 up at half time at Newcastle in April 2003 (eventually winning 6-2).
    • 41' Anders Lindegaard does just enough to save from Hal Robson-Kanu. Not sure what was going again in that United defence. Real uncertainty there.
    • 40' Anderson limping off. He has run his race for the night. And is set to be replaced by Phil Jones.
    • 39' Replays show that it was over the line. Well over the line. United should now be 5-3 up.
    • 38' Young throws over a ball to the back post. Met by Smalling whose header is saved by Federici. Van Persie claims his volley was over the line before it was bundled clear by Adrian Mariappa.
    • 37' This equals the Premier League record for most ever first half goals scored – level with the seven netted in Blackburn-Leeds (Sep 1997) and Derby-Bradford (Apr 2000).
    • 36' 13 in 19 games now for Van Persie since he arrived from Arsenal. Not a bad return in anybody's language.
    • 35' An offside flag goes up against Van Persie moments after Anders Lindegaard had grabbed a Shorey free-kick.
    • 34' GOAL! Rooney flicks the ball into the path of Van Persie, who converts with some ease. Van Persie joins Suarez and Michu on 10 goals at the top of the charts. A 4-3 lead for United.
    • 33' Evans winning the ball from Roberts out wide. Young trying to bring the ball up the park as United launch their latest attack.
    • 32' This is the fastest third goal conceded by United in the Premier League era, beating the 37th minute Dwight Yorke strike that made it 3-0 to Aston Villa in a 3-1 Villa victory on 19 Aug 1995.
    • 31' Rafael has been given the hook and is replaced by Chris Smalling. United far from happy with Rafael's performance. He looks close to tears on the bench.
    • 30' GOAL! Rooney slides the ball home from Evra's cross ball as United level at 3-3. Rooney doesn't even celebrate. This is starting to get silly. Six goals in 30 minutes.
    • 29' Rooney forced to head clear after Shorey threw in a dead ball. United look in trouble every time the ball comes over.
    • 28' Rafael has been shown a yellow card here after taking out McAnuff with a late challenge.
    • 27' Anders Lindegaard all over the place in goal as Robson-Kanu throws over a cross. Le Fondre just misses the cross. Comes off the United goalkeeper, who didn't know much about it.
    • 26' Mikele Leigertwood wins the ball from Anderson in the middle of the park. Strong challenge.
    • 25' Sean Morrison scored his second Premier League goal in a week and his first at the Madejski Stadium.
    • 24' Fletcher empties a pass straight out of play. United looking slightly stunned by all of this. Anders Lindegaard also at fault as he stays rooted to his line from both corners.
    • 23' Sir Alex Ferguson looking less than amused. Little wonder. The defending is horrendous from both sides. But particularly United.
    • 22' GOAL! Sean Morrison rises to power home a header from Shorey's corner-kick and Reading are back in front. 3-2 clear. United all over the place at the back.
    • 21' Reading pushing for another goal here as they earn another corner.
    • 20' Tabb holds up a fine ball to the back post, but Ferdinand just does enough to get a touch on the ball with his head.
    • 19' Adam Le Fondre has scored three goals in his last two Premier League matches at the Madejski Stadium.
    • 18' Le Fondre nets against the team he has always supported a day short of his 26th birthday. One suspects there may be more goals in this game.
    • 17' GOAL! Le Fondre rises to head into the net from Shorey's corner as Reading level. Awful defending by United. Not sure what is going in this match. Defences far from on top.
    • 16' GOAL! Wayne Rooney strokes the penalty to the keeper's left as Adam Federici dived right. Lovely penalty. A 2-1 lead for United three minutes after they trailed.
    • 15' PENALTY TO UNITED! Silly late shove on the back by Tabb on Evans. Certain penalty. Crazy challenge.
    • 14' Cummings back to cut out the cross by Young after he was sent spinning clear by Van Persie.
    • 13' First real attack of the night by United brings them level. Reading fans brought back to earth with that hit by Anderson.
    • 12' GOAL! Anderson thumps the ball into the net with a powerful drive after being sent racing clear by Young. Adam Federici caught out at his near post. 1-1.
    • 11' Adam Le Fondre throws over a cross at some pace, but Anders Lindegaard comes off his line to collect with some ease.
    • 10' Hal Robson-Kanu scored his third Premier League goal of the season – all have come at the Madejski Stadium.
    • 9' Lovely run and cross by Evra, but nobody in the middle to convert. And on we go with United on the ball and looking to apply some pressure to this Reading rearguard.
    • 8' Decent cross in by McAnuff, but not sure what Evans was trying to do. Can't really afford to knock it back into traffic.
    • 7' GOAL! Hal Robson-Kanu whacks a volley high into the net after Evans had failed to deal with the McAnuff cross. United behind for the 14th time in 22 matches this season.
    • 6' Van Persie sees a shot go astray. Most unlike Van Persie when he gets a sight at goal.
    • 5' Brian McDermott approaching three years in charge of Reading. Sir Alex Ferguson at the other end of the scale. Would dearly love to get a win that would carry United three points clear at the top.
    • 4' Manchester United have won their last three matches on December 1 since a 3-0 home Premier League defeat to Chelsea in 2001.
    • 3' Young lifts a shot high and wide of goal inside the home box. Tried to go for the swerving shot, but lacked swerve and direction.
    • 2' United trying to get on the ball with 11 wins in their last 13 suggesting this could be a difficult evening for the home side.
    • 1' Reading get this match off and running. Lovely night for football...if bitterly cold on the first day of December.
    • 17:25 Teams out on the pitch. A pat on the arm from Sir Alex Ferguson to Brian McDermott. McDermott of course phoned Fergie earlier this week for a spot of advice. First time these two managers have locked horns in a match.
    • 17:20 Mark Halsey is today's referee.
    • 17:15 Match Odds: Reading (13/2) Manchester United (2/5) Draw (15/4)
    • 17:10 Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United): "I think away games are getting more difficult. Norwich fought like tigers and were really organised and motivated. When [McDermott] became manager it took him a little bit of time to get his ideas across. But he came from nowhere to take the league."
    • 17:05 Brian McDermott (Reading) on Sir Alex Ferguson giving him advice: "I spoke to his son and asked him if he wouldn't mind Sir Alex giving me a ring. And, five minutes after that conversation, a private number came up and it was him. So, that just tells you the calibre of the man and what he's about. I don't know him particularly well but I just know him from that instance and I know that he's done that with a lot of young managers in the past. He does a lot for football."
    • 17:00 Manchester United are without wing duo Nani and Antonio Valencia. Nani will be missing for another four or five weeks with a hamstring injury while Valencia has been ruled out with a hip problem. Ryan Giggs has shrugged off a minor hamstring complaint and is on the bench.
    • 16:55 Jimmy Kebe remains on the sidelines for Reading. Midfielder Kebe has faced a tricky recovery from the groin injury that has kept him out for almost three weeks. Danny Guthrie is on the bench following a thigh problem that has laid him low this month but Alex McCarthy and Jem Karacan remain sidelined.
    • 16:50 TEAMS - Reading: Federici; Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison; Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu; Le Fondre, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Harte, Guthrie, McCleary, Hunt, Pogrebnyak /// Man Utd: Lindegaard; Rafael, Evra, Evans, Ferdinand; Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, Van Persie. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Cleverley, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck
    • 16:45 Manchester United could go three points clear at the top of the Premier League with victory at Reading in the evening kick-off.
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