Full-time - 90'
2 - 1
17:15 +00:00, January 27, 2007
Old Trafford, England
Referee: M Riley
That's it! Man United run out deserved victors.
Taylor hacks at Vidic as Pompey chase a late, late equaliser.
Rooney fires over after a lovely touch takes him in behind Sol Campbell.
O'Neil puts it behind after a miskicked clearance from Scholes. That was disappointing. United goal kick.
Three minutes added time to be played.
That goal will surely be credited to Kanu.
Park fluffs a chance after getting in behind the Pompey defence.
That goal deflected off Kanu. It was going wide until it hit the Nigerian's shin.
Mendes pulls one back for Pompey! That got a deflection and the keper was wrongfooted. Maybe it's not over...
Fletcher on for Giggs.
It's all over now, but Pompey have a corner. Mendes to take.
Brillant goal from Rooney! He floated the ball over James' head and into the corner of the net from 25 yards out. Wonderful.
Douala on for Hughes.
United are passing it around with ease here - Pompey look beaten.
Benjani on for Kranjcar.
Park fouled by Lauren.
Rooney offside after a lofted through ball by Giggs.
United pour forward, seeking to kill Pompey off.
Goal for Rooney! The easiest of tap-ins from a cross by Giggs. 1-0.
Rooney falls on the edge of the box. No free-kick.
It's all United now - Kuszczak hoofs it forward.
Pompey are defending in numbers. Kanu wins a free-kick to relieve the pressure.
And he's up! Campbell to take the free-kick.
Lauren is rolling around on the ground holding his face after Scholes elbowed him in the face. It was an accident, though, and there'll be no booking.
Pompey goalkick, after the ball bounces off Rooney's big old head.
Pompey have sat back here. That could be a mistake, or it could not. Another United corner.
Evra rushes on to a Rooney pass - this kid is really rapid. Man U corner.
Mendes clears from inside the Pompey box.
O'Neil is hurt after a challenge on Giggs.
Vidic heads just over from a corner. He leapt like the proverbial Salmon there.
Hughes gets a yellow for bringing down Giggs. First booking of the match.
Kuszcak comes out of his area, controls the ball on his thigh and clears - while two Pompey players try to dispossess him. bizarre.
Kanu on for Cole, who was poor today.
Kanu waits to come on for Pompey as United attack.
Solskjaer replaced by Rooney.
Larsson can't get any power on a close-in shot and James stops it.
Great save by James from a Scholes howitzer! The ball fell to the ginger chap just outside the box but the keeper was equal to his rasping effort.
Scholes takes it - but it hits a defender and is cleared.
Park brought down by Johnson, thirty-five yards out and directly in front of goal.
Mendes blasts over. There looks to be a goal in this match - but who will score it? I just don't know.
Great finish from Larsson after he's put in by Neville - but he's offside! Bad luck old chap.
Mmoent of anxiety for Pompy after a blunder by James, who pused the ball into his own defender before the ball was cleared.
Cole gets a bad touch on a Mendes cross - that was a very decent chance.
Giggs shoots well wide from forty yards.
Lovely stuff from Kranjcar, who beats three men before laying the ball off.
Park's cross is headed out by Hughes.
An offside Larsson manages to miss the target from five yards after a wonderful reverse pass from Scholes.
Cole falls in the box under a challenge - but Riley refuses to give a pen. It would have been a bit harsh, to be fair.
A low drive from Neville is saved by James at the near post. That was comfy for the Pompey sticksman.
Pompey have started the better in this half.
Primus heads just over from Taylor's cross! He got a little too much on that.
O'Neil is brought down by Evra five yards from the corner flag.
Park takes it from Primus, but Campbell steps in to clear the ball.
Saha has a knee injury, apparently, which is why he didn't play.
United get the second half underway.
Half-time. Man U deserve to be ahead - on the blance of play AND because they had a perfectly good goal ruled out - but they're not. 0-0.
One minute added time to be played.
Mike Riley ticks off Rio Ferdinand. What for I do not know - but I can confirm that a finger has been wagged. Hmmm.
Scholes bought down by Hughes. Free-kick just inside the home team's half.
Lauren robs Solskjaer as the ball is played into the Pompey half.
Campbell robs Solskjaer after a cross by Giggs. The former Arsenal man has been immense today.
Park blasts over after a one-two with Larsson.
Hughes played in on the Pompey left, but his ball across goal was poor and into the keeper's arms.
Headed away by Richard Hughes.
Park wins a free-kick out on United's left, forty yards out.
And now James makes a dramatic save from Carrick, who drifted onto the end of Giggs' corner. The subsequent corner is caught by the ex-England stopper.
Giggs runs into the box but his pass is just behind Larsson, who can't tap it in! Corner to United.
Foul by Carrick on Hughes.
Larsson fouls Johnson. The Swede has been quiet so far.
Pompey are coming more into this now - Johnson with a throw halfway inside the United half.
It's gone momentarilly flat at Old Trafford.
A scuffed shot from Mendes brings to an end a decent bit of play from Pompey - they'll be annoyed not to have carved out a better chance. That was promising for them.
Johnson cuts out a Giggs through ball and Pompey come forward.
Decent ball from Kranjcar to the edge of the United box, but Kuszcak gets there before Cole.
Giggs gets behind the Pompey defence for what seems like the 10th time already today, but Campbell clears.
Pompey slow things down - eventually, it comes to Cole, whose control is poor. United bring the ball forward.
Headed away by Johnson.
Neville's cross is deflected behind by Lauren. Corner.
Park just fails to get on the end of an Evra cross, which was driven at pace.
Campbell slides in to disposess Park, who was through on goal.
O'Neil's cross is caught by the goalkeeper. Good bit of possesion, though.
Evra's cross is cleared by Campbell, who has been superb so far.
This is good stuff so far. United are dominating but Pompey don't look overawed.
Great stuff from Campbell, who flicked the ball away from Solskjaer with the goal at his mercy.
Floated cross from Larsson is headed back by Park but Pompey get it clear. United are threatening.
Amazingly, that was cleared off the line by Mendes - who famously 'scored' here when Roy Carroll blundered a few years back.
Giggs takes it - and Vidic's header is kicked off the line! It looks over the line from the replays!
Man U corner after Campbell closes Larsson down and blocks his shot.
Taylor shoots from outside the box but that's meat and, dare I say it, drink for Kuszczak.
Good chance for the home side as Giggs feeds Larsson five yards out - but he can't get any power on the ball and it rolls into James' arms.
A roar from the Pompey following as Andrew Cole drives at the United defence - but his control lets him down.
Solskjaer offside after a period of United possession.
Good defensding from Primus, who guides the ball back to James under pressure from the marauding Larsson.
Replays are inconclusive. Meanwhile, Richard Hughes fires over from distance.
Controversy as O'Neill falls under a challenge from Kuszcak in the box - on reflection, that looks like a dive. Anyway, no pen.
This is scrappy. In other news, Fergie unwraps a piece of chewing gum.
Park runs at the Pompey defence. He looks sharp.
Van der Sar and Rooney start on the bench for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Edwin van der Sar
Roudolphe M'Bela Douala
Roudolphe M'Bela Douala