Premier League

February 5, 2011

Full-time

Wolves

2 - 1

Man Utd

Premier League

17:30 +00:00, February 5, 2011

Molineux Stadium, England

Referee: Michael Oliver

  • 95'

    Be sure to join us tomorrow for live text commentary of Fernando Torres' debut for Chelsea...against Liverpool. Should be a cracker.

  • 95'

    It was a great performance from Wolves, but really it was very poor from United, suddenly Arsenal's draw looks like a point gained. Despite beating the league leaders, Wolves remain bottom - but they are level on points with West Ham and Birmingham.

  • 95'

    Wolves 2-1 Man Utd. A famous victory for Wolves, and a first Premier League defeat of the season of United, who remain four points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table but who have missed an excellent opportunity.

  • 95'

    It's all over...

  • 94'

    Wolves on the break woith Doyle and Vidic is penalised for a foul on him. It's all over barring the fat lady chirping up now.

  • 93'

    Two minutes to go and the only unbeaten run in English football this season looks certain to be coming to an end.

  • 92'

    Vidic strides forward and tries an unbelievably poor pass towards Rafael. Staright out for A wolves goal-kick.

  • 92'

    Vidic strides forward and tries an unbelievably poor pass towards Rafael. Staright out for A wolves goal-kick.

  • 91'

    Elokobi with a good clearance, getting in just ahead of Rooney. It's a United throw-in, deep in Wolves territory.

  • 91'

    Elokobi with a good clearance, getting in just ahead of Rooney. It's a United throw-in, deep in Wolves territory.

  • 91'

    Van der Sar looks long but that's not going to work against the colossal pairing of Stearman and Berra.

  • 91'

    Van der Sar looks long but that's not going to work against the colossal pairing of Stearman and Berra.

  • 90'

    And there are a lot of nervous faces around Molineux. I'm not sure why as United have created so little in this second half.

  • 90'

    And there are a lot of nervous faces around Molineux. I'm not sure why as United have created so little in this second half.

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    Five added minutes to be played.

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    Five added minutes to be played.

  • 89'

    Giggs with a petulant shove on Ebanks-Blake and Wolves have a free-kick on the halfway line. Unsurprisingly, there aren't too many people heading forward.

  • 89'

    Giggs with a petulant shove on Ebanks-Blake and Wolves have a free-kick on the halfway line. Unsurprisingly, there aren't too many people heading forward.

  • 89'

    Wolves look set to add United to the scalp of Chelsea they have already claimed this season, and things are looking as interesting at the bottom of the Premier League as the top.

  • 89'

    Wolves look set to add United to the scalp of Chelsea they have already claimed this season, and things are looking as interesting at the bottom of the Premier League as the top.

  • 88'

    Ebanks-Blake on for Milijas.

  • 88'

    Ebanks-Blake on for Milijas.

  • 87'

    Doyle does fantastically well with no-one around him and draws a foul from Scholes. Not always the most difficult thing to do, admittedly, but he did well nonetheless.

  • 87'

    Doyle does fantastically well with no-one around him and draws a foul from Scholes. Not always the most difficult thing to do, admittedly, but he did well nonetheless.

  • 86'

    United's players were screaming for a spot-kick there but all they can do is continue to try and throw the kitchen sink.

  • 86'

    United's players were screaming for a spot-kick there but all they can do is continue to try and throw the kitchen sink.

  • 85'

    Evra's cross is met by the arm of Zubar but the referee shakes his head.

  • 85'

    Evra's cross is met by the arm of Zubar but the referee shakes his head.

  • 84'

    Scoles' header was in fact a handball.

  • 84'

    Scoles' header was in fact a handball.

  • 83'

    Superb save by Hennessey to deny Scholes' header, tipped around the right-hand post.

  • 83'

    Superb save by Hennessey to deny Scholes' header, tipped around the right-hand post.

  • 83'

    Rafael floats a cross in but Wolves clear easily - hoofing the ball back to Van der Sar.

  • 83'

    Rafael floats a cross in but Wolves clear easily - hoofing the ball back to Van der Sar.

  • 82'

    United corner after some pinball inside the Wolves box.

  • 82'

    United corner after some pinball inside the Wolves box.

  • 82'

    Giggs and Rooney look to combine, but again the final pass is not quite there. Wolves must be given credit though, Berra and Stearman have been immense.

  • 82'

    Giggs and Rooney look to combine, but again the final pass is not quite there. Wolves must be given credit though, Berra and Stearman have been immense.

  • 81'

    Here comes United's white wave again, with Scholes and Fletcher attempting to dictate play.

  • 81'

    Here comes United's white wave again, with Scholes and Fletcher attempting to dictate play.

  • 80'

    Ten minutes to go, and Zubar does well to force Evra out and win a Wolves goalkick.

  • 80'

    Ten minutes to go, and Zubar does well to force Evra out and win a Wolves goalkick.

  • 79'

    Scholes fires a long, diagonal pass towards Rafael, but the Brazilian is penalised for handball.

  • 79'

    Scholes fires a long, diagonal pass towards Rafael, but the Brazilian is penalised for handball.

  • 78'

    But United straight back at Wolves, Scholes feeds Giggs down the right but his cross is just beyond Hernandez.

  • 78'

    But United straight back at Wolves, Scholes feeds Giggs down the right but his cross is just beyond Hernandez.

  • 78'

    Giggs' corner goes all the way through.

  • 78'

    Giggs' corner goes all the way through.

  • 77'

    Hennessey flaps at a cross and the ball breaks to Rooney, but his shot is deflected out for a corner.

  • 77'

    Hennessey flaps at a cross and the ball breaks to Rooney, but his shot is deflected out for a corner.

  • 76'

    But United appear be bereft of ideas, there have been no clear chances in the second half.

  • 76'

    Wolves sitting right back now and inviting pressure, just aiming to hit when they can on the counter.

  • 75'

    Van der Sar almost heads the ball into some bother when coming far out of his area but Smalling calmly clears up.

  • 74'

    Rafael keeps lookin down in pain at his hand, he's struggling.

  • 72'

    Jarvis gets in behind Evra down Wolves' right wing, but his cross is a touch early and just fizzes across the edge of the box.

  • 71'

    United kept possession on the edge of the box but the black and gold wall would not move. Wolves defending resolutely, Ferguson's side starting to look desperate.

  • 70'

    Nani tries one from 25 yards but it is harmlessly wide.

  • 69'

    Zubar on the charge for Wolves down the right. He feeds in Doyle, but Vidic is across to win the tackle.

  • 68'

    Wolves standing firm at the moment and United beginning to look a little frustrated as they probe for an opening.

  • 67'

    Stats: United have won all three Premier League matches against West Midlands clubs in 2011, scoring 10 goals.

  • 66'

    Hernandez on for Berbatov.

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    Rooney booked for a challenge on Zubar that looked a tad innocuous.

  • 65'

    United preparing to introduce Hernandez.

  • 64'

    Rafael's taped up and will continue, Evans was limping as he went off, it's not clear what his injury is just yet.

  • 64'

    Smalling on for Evans

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    Ward on for Hammill

  • 63'

    I think Rafael may have dislocated a couple of fingers, he looks in some discomfort.

  • 63'

    And the home side knocking it around patiently.

  • 63'

    Wolves break now with Doyle after Rafael failed to find Rooney with a cut back.

  • 62'

    Nani's cross is over Rooney and Berbatov, thanks in the main to some solid defensive work from Wolves centre-backs Berra and Stearman.

  • 61'

    Evans slides in and wins United a goal-kick with a well-timed challenge, with Elokobi storming through.

  • 59'

    United corner now. It's taken quickly but Hennessey again collects. He's been extremely solid since getting beaten at the near post for United's opener.

  • 58'

    McCarthy wisely withdraws O'Hara, with Kevin Foley coming on in his place.

  • 57'

    Stats: Dimitar Berbatov has scored 19 league goals this season - only five fewer than Wolves' entire team.

  • 56'

    Rafael fizzes a cross in and Scholes can;t quite direct his effort goalwards as he arrives late.

  • 55'

    Fletcher takes the ball away from O'Hara and is brought down cynically. Probably should have been a second yellow, but the Wolves midfielder escapes another caution.

  • 54'

    Doyle leads the break for Wolves and after an exchange with Jarvis, sets up O'Hara, whose shot is blocked by Fletcher.

  • 53'

    He's heading the same way as Carrick at the moment.

  • 52'

    Neither team really asserting themselves yet on this game and Scholes needs to see a bit more of the ball.

  • 51'

    Wolves had threatened with Zubar just before O'Hara's booking. His cross caused all sorts of prolems in the United box.

  • 50'

    Nani stands up a cross but Hennessey collects with ease.

  • 50'

    O'Hara booked for pulling back Darren Fletcher as he looked to break.

  • 49'

    Stats: This is Mick McCarthy's 100th match as a Premier League manager (W17, D18, L64).

  • 49'

    Giggs feeds the ball to Berbatov but he is offside.

  • 48'

    Nani strikes one from the edge of the area but he fails to get any bend on it and it's straight out for a goal kick.

  • 47'

    United have a corner now, but Wolves clear their lines.

  • 47'

    Vidic fires the ball forward towards Rooney, but Zubar does well to win the second ball.

  • 46'

    Scholes on for Carrick at half-time. Should be a good second 45 in store, as United certainly need to chase the game. But will Wolves be able to capitalise and hit the league leaders on the break?

  • 45'

    And we're off for the second half...

  • 45'

    This is, of course, United's first game since Gary Neville announced his retirement. Here, former England manager Kevin Keegan pens his own tribute to the right-back who polarised football opinion for almost two decades.

  • 45'

    Today has seen an unbelievable 41 goals scored in the Premier League and you can catch up with our review of the Saturday afternoon games here. highlights include Arsenal throwing away a four-goal lead against Newcastle as the Magpies drew 4-4, and Everton beating Blackpool 5-3 thanks to four goals from Louis Saha.

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    George Elokobi headed home Wolves' equaliser before playing a big part in their second goal.

  • 45'

    Half-time. Wolves 1-2 Man Utd. After Nani opened the scoring, Wolves must have feared a repeat of last week's 3-0 thrashing by Liverpool. But they fought back and it will be interesting to see if United can manage to come from behind again thanks to goals from Elokobi and Doyle.

  • 45'

    There's the half-time whistle...

  • 45'

    Rooney takes a swipe at fellow Liverpudlian Adam Hammilland is fortunate to avoid a yellow card for what was a rather intentional kick.

  • 45'

    Rooney releases Rafael down the right and he crosses towards Nani. But the United winger can't keep his header down.

  • 44'

    Stats: United have won their last six matches against Wolves since a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Molineux in January 2004. Could that be about to change?!

  • 43'

    Wolves have really been lifted and they are continuing to press United high up the pitch.

  • 43'

    Doyle escapes the clutches of Evans down the left, but his shot is straight at Van der Sar.

  • 42'

    Collected by Hennessey, much to the delight of the Molineux faithful.

  • 42'

    Giggs to deliver...

  • 42'

    Henry is booked for bringing down Evans in full flight

  • 40'

    And once again, United find themselves losing away from home this season.

  • 40'

    Wolves 2-1 Man Utd. Milijas delivered and Elokobi headed it onto Doyle and into the net.

  • 40'

    GOAL Doyle

  • 38'

    Zubar brings Wolves out of defence with a marauding run that saw him cover about 60 yards. It ended with him winning a free-kick on the right edge of Untied's area. Great run.

  • 37'

    Jarvis delivers but it's all the way over the top and out for a throw-in on the far side.

  • 37'

    Milijas strikes it and it takes a big deflection off the wall and out for a corner. Van der Sar was motionless, completely wrongfooted.

  • 36'

    O'Hara advances for Wolves and Rafael brings down Milijas on the edge of the box. Dangerous position, about 20 yards out on the left-side of the area.

  • 35'

    Evra skips past Zubar with a drop of the shoulder and looks towards Berbatov with the cross, but the Bulgarian is called up by the ref for fouling Berra as he challenged for the ball.

  • 34'

    Nani pickpockets Elokobi, but Berra gets in the way of the Portuguese winger's subsequent cross.

  • 33'


    Nani celebrates netting United's third-minute opener.

  • 32'

    Fletcher tries some sort of Messi-esque scooped pass, which just bobbles embarrassingly thtough to Hennessey.

  • 32'

    The second corner is dealt with by United and they come forward now with Nani.

  • 31'

    Wolves have a corner which they take quickly, catching United off guard. O'Hara has a shot from a tigh angle ont he near right side, which Van der Sar turns away with his feet.

  • 29'

    Carrick looks for a diagonal pass towards Nani. that's the first time I've mentioned his name because he has been utterly anonymous.

  • 28'

    Stats: United may be unbeaten but they have four less points than Arsenal's 'invincibles' did at this stage. United have 15 wins and nine draws from 24 games, compared with the Gunners' 17 wins and seven draws.

  • 27'

    Decent hit by Nani, but just too high.

  • 26'

    United awarded a free-kick after Stearman crashes into Rooney. nani looks to fancy his chances, it's about 25 yards out on the left side of the box.

  • 25'

    Jarvis now over on the right wing and he accelerates away from Vidic with Wolves now mounting some sustained pressure - until Berbatov (I kid you not) tracks back to intercept.

  • 24'

    But Vidic is on hand to stop him stepping through and engineering a shot.

  • 24'

    Wolves just finding their feet now for the first time since their equaliser and looking to exert some pressure on United. Doyle has a chance...

  • 23'

    Vidic scoops the ball awayand United look to launch another attack. Excellent piece of defending by Berra to snuff out Evra's advances down the left.

  • 22'

    Wolves free-kick now inside the United half, O'Hara standing over the ball.

  • 21'

    Berbatov again supplied by Nani's right-1ing cross, but this time his header is over the bar.

  • 20'

    Good bit of possession from Wolves across the midfield, with some good exchanges between Hammill and O'Hara. But there is no tangible result to speak of and the move breaks down.

  • 19'

    Shot from Berbatov straight at Hennessey. The Bulgarian brought down Nani's cross exquisitely but struggled to generate any power.

  • 18'

    Nani showing some twinkle-toed footwork on the right wing to give Rafael some space. Hennesey collects his cross easily enough though.

  • 17'

    Again Wolves clear their lines, but not before Vidic and Rooney had threatened to combine.

  • 16'

    Nani still seeing plenty of the ball and United have another corner now thanks to his aggressive running.

  • 15'

    Vidic penalised for climbing and Wolves have the ball.

  • 14'

    Giggs fires in a low cross and it's deflected out for a corner off Zubar.

  • 13'

    Rooney looked to feed Berbatov with a curling through-ball but it was a a little bit long for a striker hardly know for his electric pace.

  • 13'

    Nani makes some space down the right again, but his cut back towards Fletcher on the edge of the area is underhit.

  • 12'

    And we've got a bit more of a game on our hands now. The strange thing is that it was a relatively quiet opening ten minutes aside from the goals!

  • 10'

    Elokobi smashed the corner flag over in a rather over-exuberant celebration. He's done well to avoid a yellow card.

  • 10'

    Wolves 1-1 Man Utd. Left-wing cross from Matthew Jarvis and Elokobi was free as a bird to head it past Van der Sar.

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    GOAL Elokobi

  • 8'

    Stats: Defeat for Wolves would signal four successive league defeats for a third time this season.

  • 6'

    Nani stings Hennessey's hands again with a fierce effort from 25 yards out.

  • 5'

    Mick McCarthy looked absolutely livid as that goal went in and rightly so.

  • 5'

    A half-chance for Rooney, Berbatov dinked the ball into his path and he took it first time but couldn't quite angle a shot past Hennessey.

  • 4'

    Nani was given far too much time on the ball when he got into the penalty area. Poor defending. And Wolves had started so brightly.

  • 3'

    Wolves 0-1 Man Utd. A terrific solo effort from the United winger, he advanced at pace down the right, cut into the box and after a couple of setpovers, fired past Wayne Hennessey at the near post.

  • 3'

    GOAL Nani

  • 2'

    Nani dallies on the ball in the box and it breaks to Milijas, who fires a shot high over the bar.

  • 1'

    An early opportunity for Wolves to get forward with Jarvis and he's got a bit of space on the left.

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    And we're off...

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    Slight change to the stated line-up, Jonny Evans has beend rafted in for Rio Ferdinand - who was injured in the warm up.

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    Right, we're almost ready for kick-off here at Molineux; the players have just come out of the tunnel. Wolves have beaten Chelsea here already this season, but can they claim a second famous scalp?

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    Sir Alex Ferguson has set his side an 84 point target to win the league.

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    Wayne Rooney is in top form.

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    Join us at 1730 GMT to see if Wolves can stop Man Utd reaching a club record 30 games unbeaten.