Premier League

January 1, 2011

Full-time

West Brom

1 - 2

Man Utd

Premier League

12:45 +00:00, January 1, 2011

The Hawthorns, England

Referee: C Foy

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    Javier Hernandez celebrates after putting Manchester United 2-1 ahead

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    FT Not a great performance from United but once again they got the points they needed. There will be concern about Rooney's injury though.

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    FT That is the final action of the game. West Brom lose their fourth game in a row and United not only remain unbeaten but stretch their lead at the top of the table.

  • 95'

    Fletcher heads clear but the ball drops to Morrison just outside the box. There is no repeat of the earlier heroics as his shots blazes wide.

  • 94'

    A last throw of the dice for West Brom. Midfielder Mulumbu goes off and on comes Fortune, who is a striker

  • 93'

    From the resulting freekick United break with Hernandez. The striker almost breaks clear of the Baggies' defence but Scharner makes a last-ditch tackle.

  • 92'

    Vidic is booked for a rash tackle on Tchoyi.

  • 91'

    Rooney is still hobbling around though.

  • 90'

    The board goes up to show five minutes off added time and Rooney leaps off the bench to come back on.

  • 89'

    Rooney has limped off the pitch so United are down to ten-men for the final few minutes of this match.

  • 88'


    Javier Hernandez heads home to restore Manchester United's lead

  • 88'

    Rooney looks in trouble and has pulled up holding his leg. The United physio signals for a sub, but they have all been used.

  • 87'

    Brunt is booked for scything down Rooney as the United striker was on the break.

  • 86'

    Thomas wins a corenr for West Brom with a nice trick to deflect the ball off Fabio. Fletcher heads the corner clear.

  • 85'

    Ferguson's team might be winning 2-1 with time ticking away but the United manager is still stalking the touchline with a face like thunder.

  • 84'

    Ferdinand stretches to make a tackle on Thomas, the ball deflects off the winger and into the box but Fabio is there to provide cover for United.

  • 83'

    Fabio makes a tough tackle on Thomas. It was from behind and the full-back gets booked.

  • 82'

    Hernandez is booked for a late tackle.

  • 81'


    Peter Odemwingie reflects on a missed opportunity after firing his penalty wide.

  • 80'

    Thomas cuts in from the left and fires off a long-range shot that goes just wide of Kuszczak's post.

  • 78'

    The Baggies have rediscovered their composure and are probing the United defence for a weakness.

  • 77'

    The fans are urging West Brom on.

  • 76'

    United are on top and Fletcher attacks down the flank. His cross is a little behind Rooney, who twists his body but can only head over the bar.

  • 75'

    Very poor defending from West Brom. The corner came in from the left and Hernadez was left unmarked near the penalty spot, giving him an easy header to score.

  • 74'

    GOAL Hernandez heads in from a corner.

  • 74'

    Thomas blocks a cross with his elbow. The United players want a penalty but the ref waves play on.

  • 73'

    Rooney is looking much more lively now that he is playing up front and has a hand in winning a corner for United.

  • 72'

    It's all gone a bit wrong for West Brom since they missed the penalty. Mis-placed passes are the order of the day.

  • 71'

    United make their final change. Neville goes off and is replaced by Fabio, who is normally a left-back.

  • 70'

    Ibanez is replaced by Tchoyi, who is not normally a defender.

  • 68'

    Ibanez is in trouble for West Brom and it looks like the defender will have to go off injured.

  • 67'

    Rooney chips the freekick towards the back post but it is headed clear.

  • 66'

    Rooney teases the West Brom defence again and is sandwiched by two players. Freekick to United.

  • 65'

    Rooney spots a gap in the Baggies defence and races through it. He tries to poke a shot past Carson but the goalkeeper was quickly off his line and blocks the shot.

  • 64'

    Meanwhile, Reid has failed to recover from the earlier knock and on comes Zuiverloon.

  • 63'

    That is a massive let off for United and an awful penalty from Odemwinge.

  • 62'

    Odemwinge takes it himself and puts his shot so wide it goes off the TV screen. What a miss!

  • 61'

    Odemwinge runs at Ferdinand, who hangs out a leg and brings down the striker. PENALTY!

  • 61'

    It's a double change with Berbatov going off to be replaced by Hernandez.

  • 60'

    United use the break in play to make a change. Obertan goes off and is replaced by Gibson.

  • 59'

    Reid has gone down follwoing a 50-50 with Rooney.

  • 58'

    West Brom seem be aiming long-balls in Neville's direction. Maybe they see him as the weak link.

  • 57'

    Stat: This is the seventh time in nine games that Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home in the Premier League.

  • 56'

    It's fairly dull at the moment.

  • 55'

    United enjoy a spell of possession but can't create a shooting opportunity.

  • 54'

    Anderson fouls Mulumbu.

  • 53'

    Berbatov latches onto a defence-splitting through-ball but the flag is up for offside.

  • 52'

    From the resulting corner Scharner gets a header at the back post but his effort flashes wide.

  • 51'

    Dorrans bamboozles Ferdinand on the edge of the box but as he shapes to shoot Vidic arrives to block the shot.

  • 50'

    Scharner comes up from the back for a free-kick. The delivery is aimed towards him at the back post but goes out for a goalkick.

  • 49'

    Rooney and Evra combine down the left. Rooney has space to cross but opts for a cut back with the outside of his left foot... it goes to nobody.

  • 48'

    Obertan has switched to the right wing with Rooney playing wide left. Odd decision seeing as Rooney has just ended his goal drought.

  • 47'

    After one missed place by him and one missed placed pass to him Berbatov is in a strop.

  • 46'

    No changes for either side.

  • 46'

    United get the second-half underway, kicking from left to right, and will be hoping to exert a bit more authority.

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    HT: United's passing accuracy of 68% in the opposition's half today is their second lowest of any 2010-11 Premier League game. Changes afoot from Ferguson?

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    HT: West Brom's James Morrison is the first player to score a first-half Premier League goal against Man Utd since Sept 26, when Zat Knight netted for Bolton.

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    HT: There is a full Premier League fixture list today and if you fancy having a flutter then you would do well to check out Simon Cambers' betting tips for the weekend. Interestingly, he predicts a draw here at the Hawthorns.

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    West Brom felt they should have had a penalty when Gary Neville brought down Graham Dorrans

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    HT: The big talking point at the break will be the penalty that never was, when Neville fouled Dorrans in the box.

  • 46'

    The ref blows his whistle and that's the final action of the half.

  • 45'

    ...Brunt takes the freekick. It hits the wall and deflects wide with the United keeper already going in the other direction.

  • 45'

    West Brom have won a freekick just outside the box and have the chance to test Kuszczak....

  • 44'

    Odemwinge plays a great ball forward for Dorrans, who has caught Ferdinand napping. He drives into the left of the box and shoots into the side netting.

  • 43'

    The game has got a bit scrappy as half-time approaches. Both teams look ready for the interval.

  • 42'

    Obertan takes the corner and it is his second bad one of the match.

  • 42'

    Rooney snatches at a shot and is lucky to win a corner.

  • 41'

    Patient build up from United.

  • 40'

    Mulumbu breaks from midfield and plays the ball up to Dorrans, who can't control the pass as he attempts to turn and beat Neville.

  • 39'

    Rooney and then Carrick give give the ball away.

  • 38'

    Both Ferguson and assistant manager Phelan are off the bench, gesturing for more from the United team.

  • 37'

    Carrick brings the ball forward from deep. Rooney takes over and attempts a reverse pass to Berbatov that is cut out by Cech. Good defending that, Berbatov would have been clean through.

  • 36'

    Rooney uses his strength to out muscle Dorrans and then passes to Berbtov, whose cross is over-hit.

  • 35'

    Thomas uses his pace to burst through the midfield but it comes to nothing.

  • 34'

    Michael Owen is warming up on the touchline for United.

  • 33'

    Obertan looks for a way through the Baggies defence. He can't find a gap and in his eagerness to win back possession gives away a soft freekick.

  • 32'

    United happy to keep possession at the back.

  • 31'

    United are put under pressure at the back and Kuszczak has to scamper out of his goal to save a corner.

  • 30'

    Mulumbu goes off the pitch for some treatment. He will be back on in minute no doubt.

  • 29'

    Carson lets a backpass run across the goal as he prepares to clear, the ball hits a little bobble and the keeper scuffs his clearance. He gets away with it though.

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    James Morrison has levelled up the scores

  • 27'

    The West Brom fans feel hard done by and give a big cheer as Evra misplaces a pass.

  • 26'

    ...the ref waves play on, thinking it was a good tackle. The TV replay shows it should have been a penalty.

  • 25'

    A long pass over the United defence finds Dorrans racing clear. He goes down in the box under a challenge from Neville...

  • 24'

    Obertan is the dangerman for United. Very little is going down the right flank and everything good is coming from Obertan on the left.

  • 23'

    Anderson actually passes to a team-mate. Fletcher crosses form the right but it is easily headed clear by Scharner.

  • 22'

    Morrison treis another long-range strike. Easy for Kuszczak.

  • 21'

    Obertan out paces Reid and then holds off the full-back with his strength. He drives into the area but chooses the wrong option to cross near post rather than to the far.

  • 20'

    Rooney sprays the ball out to the right, but Cech has read it and cuts it out before the ball reaches Fletcher.

  • 19'

    Evra tries to beat Reid at right-back. The United defender makes a yard to get in a cross but scuffs the ball into the side-netting.

  • 18'


    Wayne Rooney headed home to give Manchester United the early lead

  • 17'

    The Mulumu and Cech exchange passes on the left, but the final through ball asks too much of Thomas.

  • 16'

    Dorrans and Thomas are tearing the United defence apart at the moment. A poor long-range shot from Brunt brings the move to an end.

  • 15'

    Berbatov gives the ball away high up the pitch. The Baggies are full of belief now.

  • 14'

    Vidic with a poor defensive header under pressure from Odemwinge. The ball drops to Morrison outside the box and the midfielder volleys it into the top corner. Kuszczak had no chance.

  • 13'

    GOAL Morrison with a cracking volley.

  • 13'

    Obertan, who has started well, set Berbatov racing towards the box. The Bulgarian runs into Reid at right-back.

  • 12'

    The poor passing is catching. Mulumbu has just done the same for West Brom.

  • 11'

    Rooney is fouled in the build up to a break. The ref plays the advantage with Fletcher in possession. The scot's cross is a woeful and goes out for a goalkick.

  • 10'

    United play the ball around the back four. Anderson then hits a long-ball forward to nobody.

  • 9'

    Berbatov and Rooney combine well on the half-way line until United's goalscorer is hacked down.

  • 8'

    Morrison plays it out wide to the left for Odemwinge. Neville is more alive this time and is quick to make the tackle.

  • 7'

    A cross comes in from the right. Neville is sat back on heels, allowing Thomas to nip in front of him in the area but the Baggies forward takes a heavy touch.

  • 6'

    The Baggies are trying to knock it around but can't pick out the final pass at the moment.

  • 5'

    It's a terrible corner, which goes out for a throw.

  • 4'

    Obertan chases the ball down the flank and wins a corner for United.

  • 3'

    Berbatov plays Obertan in down the left. The winger's cross isn't a great one but Rooney stoops and heads the ball into the far corner. It is his first goal from open play since March.

  • 2'

    GOAL Rooney ends his drought!

  • 1'

    Morrison fires off an early shot from distance that only succeeds in giving Kuszczak an early touch.

  • 1'

    West Brom get the game underway, kicking from left to right at the Hawthorns.

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    West Brom: Carson, Reid, Scharner, Pablo, Cech, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Thomas, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Miller, Shorey, Zuiverloon, Fortune, Cox.

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    West Brom have something of a defensive injury crisis so Paul Scharner and Steven Reid drop back into the back four to help out.

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    Man Utd: Kuszczak, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Obertan, Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Amos, Owen, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Gibson, Bebe.

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    Manchester United have opted to rest veteran goalkeeper Van Der Sar. Tomasz Kuszczak starts in goal, Gary Neville comes into defence and Gabriel Obertan alos gets the nod.

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    Well it might be New Year's day but their is no stopping the Premier League, which rumbles on relentlessly.

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    Ferguson, though, feels he is just a goal away from recovering his form: "Wayne does need a goal. It's not an unusual situation where a striker goes a length of time without scoring and it's a confidence thing."

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    Wayne Rooney is still without a United goal in open play since March, and he saw his form take a dip against Birmingham.

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    United, of course, will be looking to improve on their disappointing away record, and they are playing against a team that has struggled for form in recent weeks.

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    We'll be getting the live commentary underway at 1245 GMT, but in the meantime you can read about Sir Alex Ferguson's theory that it's a five-horse title race.