Saturday December 10, 2011 Day 15 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 4 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Nani 17’, 56’
  • Rooney 27’, 62’
  • Fletcher 47’

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  1. Man United put four past Wolves

    Man United put four past Wolves

    Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United responded to their crushing European defeat with a 4-1 win over Wolves at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes and United have got their season back on track. The gap between them and City is now two points, with the leaders playing Chelsea on Monday.
    • 90+2' We are in the second of three added minutes.
    • 90+1' The free-kick is played into the feet of Milijas inside the box, but the Serb fires his first-time shot comfortably over the bar.
    • 90' Doyle wriggles his way past Ferdinand, who cynically brings him down. A rare foul and an even rarer booking for the United defender.
    • 89' Lovely weighted through ball from Doyle that is inch-perfect for Jarvis to latch on to between two United players. He surges into the box and De Gea parries the winger's low shot!
    • 87' Smalling and Valencia combine well on the right to keep possession after the defender's cross was blocked.
    • 84' Rooney has now scored 113 league goals for Manchester United – moving into the club’s top ten of all-time league scorers, one ahead of Tommy Taylor (112) in 10th place.
    • 83' Fantastic surge down the right from Jones and he gets to the byline but his cross is intercepted. It was a great charge down the channel that had the beating of two Wolves players.
    • 82' Jarvis sends in another testing cross and Hunt catches it sweetly with a left-footed half-volley but it's blocked before it can get through to De Gea's goal!
    • 81' Wolves have had some decent possession over the last five minutes. 67%, to be exact.
    • 79' Rooney's first touch tees him up for the shot from range, but the low bending effort is too close to Hennessey who makes the save.
    • 78' For anyone who is interested, the attendance at Old Trafford today is 75,627. Wonder what the crowd will be for their first Europa League game?
    • 77' Wolves substitution: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Fletcher.
    • 77' United substitution: Ashley Young replaces Nani.
    • 76' Ferdinand leaps in front of De Gea to head a cross away but only succeeds in heading it right into Smalling's face! That took him by surprise.
    • 75' United substitution: Federico Macheda replaces Welbeck.
    • 74' Once again Jarvis hoists a good cross to Fletcher at the far post and the Scot gets above Fryers, but his header is not enough of a test for De Gea.
    • 72' Welbeck brings down a long, high ball but Johnson is on his back and nicks the ball off the England striker.
    • 71' Wolves substitution: Stephen Hunt repalces O'Hara.
    • 70' A poor touch from Doyle kicks off another United counter. Milijas is back to intercept Carrick's pass for Rooney.
    • 68' Fryers is making his Premier League debut for United, having featured in three Carling Cup games and once in the Champions League this season.
    • 67' United substitution: Ezekiel Fryers replaces Evra.
    • 66' Great counter-attack from United involving Rooney, Nani and Welbeck, only for the latter to stray offside as he is fed by a neat reverse pass.
    • 65' Welbeck does very well to fight off the attentions of three defenders and get tot he edge of the box, but he miscues his left-footed strike and Hennessey is grateful to gather up the tame effort.
    • 63' Rooney has now scored more than once in five games this season. Can he go on to claim his third hat-trick of the campaign?
    • 62' MANCHESTER UNITED 4-1 WOLVES!! Valencia again terrorises Ward and his cross comes to Rooney who fires a lovely half-volley on the turn past Hennessey!
    • 61' Valencia drives forward as he cuts in from the right and goes for goal, but he drags his effort wide of the far post from 20 yards.
    • 60' The corner is glanced across to Evans at the far post and and he's all alone, but the Northern Ireland defender handles the ball as he tries to control it.
    • 59' Nani wins another corner off Zubar. His dleivery coems to Evans at the far post and Hennessey gets down to parry the header at the expense of another corner.
    • 57' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 3-1 WOLVES!! Jones plays the ball wide to Valencia, who runs at his full-back before hitting a low ball across the edge of the six-yard box for Nani to prod home!
    • 56' Wolves manage to scramble the crner clear, and this time clear their lines effectively.
    • 55' Great work down the right by Valencia, but the cross is headed behind by Christophe Berra.
    • 53' Nani and Zubar both go tumbling as they tussle for the ball, and the free-kick goes the way of the Wolves defender.
    • 52' More from Infostrada: Five of Fletcher’s last seven PL goals have been headers. He has scored seven PL headers in 2011 – equal-most with Demba Ba in the division.
    • 51' Jones clips an invting cross to the far post for Welbeck who can't guide the ball on target! Great ball in from the versatile United man.
    • 50' Jarvis again manages to pick out Fletcher with a high cross, but this time the Scot's nod-down does not find a team-mate.
    • 49' Evra weaves his way intot he Wolves box and tries to pick out Rooney, but the England striker is muscled off the ball.
    • 48' Fletcher's sixth league goal of the season continues his fine recent form and gives Wolves hope of salvaging something from this game.
    • 47' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 WOLVES!! Jarvis digs out a looping cross to the far post and Fletcher outjumps Evra to head back past De Gea and into the net!
    • 46' Wolves kick off and the second half is underway!
    • 45+2' The whistle blows for half-time, and United are two goals up and cruising.
    • 45+1' De Gea charges out to punch a cross clear. It lands at the feet of O'Hara who goes for the strike from 30 yards, but the effort is charged down by Jones.
    • 45' Nani loses his marker with a swift turn and shoots, but his effort is an easy stop for Hennessey.
    • 44' Welbeck has a pop from the edge of the box. It must have taken a defelction, because a corner is given. Wolves clear, but there is no one up the field to latch on to it.
    • 43' Rooney drops deep into his own half to help United play their way out of defence, and pings an exquisite pass forward for Welbeck to chase. Zubar does brilliantly to slide in and make a vital tackle. Get that wrong and he's off.
    • 42' Again United deal with a succession of aerial balls from Wolves with aplomb.
    • 41' United have kept more clean sheets than any other team in the top division.
    • 40' Great defending again from Smalling to stop Fletcher worming his way intot he box and then again to avoid conceding the corner.
    • 39' Wolves are playing the ball patiently as they make their way forward. Fletcher and Doyle both playing very deep. United's defenders look comfirtable dealing with everything coming their way in the air.
    • 38' Great stat from Infostrada: United have won all 44 previous PL matches at Old Trafford when Wayne Rooney has scored.
    • 37' United fan Abu Sesay writes in to say: "We need to get defensive midfields, defenders and experienced striker. I would like to see Rooney and Jones play in midfield." - Agree or disagree?
    • 36' Every United attack looks capable of ending in a goal now, but here come Wolves on the break. Jones leaps above Fletcher to head clear.
    • 35' Rooney's sidefooted effort takes a heavy deflection off Roger Johnson but Hennessey reacts well to tip it around the foot of the post!
    • 34' Nani plays the ball short to Patrice Evra, but the referee is in the way as the Frenchman shaped up to shoot first time. United keep the pressure on, but Wolves eventually play their way out of trouble.
    • 33' Zubar makes tracks down the right and plays the ball inside to Henry, who promptly miscontrols and loses the ball. Zubar then tracks back on Nani but concedes a free-kick on the wing.
    • 32' Wolves substitution: Nenad Milijas replaces David Edwards.
    • 31' The home fans at United are feeling bullish enough to start chanting in earnest now. Their European exit will take a while to recover from, but this is the perfect response so far.
    • 30' Ward roves forward with the ball and plays it wide to Jarvis. The Wolves winger bends his cross around Smalling but Evans heads it away.
    • 28' That goal takes Rooney into double figures for the season in the league. He hadn't scored in the league since mid-September!
    • 27' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 WOLVES!! Wolves defend the corner but again United retain possession and build another attack. The ball is rolled across to Rooney by Nani and he fires home a low finish that's too quick for Hennessey!!
    • 26' Welbeck slips another inviting ball into the box. Ronald Zubar slides in front of Jones get the ball somehow rolls under him and out for a corner.
    • 25' United very much on top at the moment. For all their usual effort, Wolves are struggling to create any chances.
    • 24' Rooney seems determined to score a lob this afternoon. His latest effort floats harmlessly into the arms of Hennessey.
    • 23' Having never previously scored a goal in his professional career, Jones has netted twice for United and one own goal in his last three games.
    • 21' Danny Welbeck releases Nani with a great through ball. The Portuguese holds it up inside the box before squaring for Phil Jones, who can't get his boot on to the cross and it flashes across goal! The United man came close to scoring his third goal in as many games there.
    • 20' Stephen Ward hits a well-struck cross into the United box, but Smalling is well placed to clear it.
    • 19' Nick Conlan has tweeted to say: "Don't you get the feeling that a 3rd round FA cup tie could be man utds biggest game of the season! a first for everything." - For both Manchester clubs, maybe?
    • 18' That's Nani's fourth league goal of the season. He ends a run of eight PL matches without a goal. He also put Manchester United 1-0 up in their last PL match against Wolves, before eventually losing 2-1 at Molineux in February.
    • 17' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 WOLVES!! Wolves fail to clear the United corner and Nani surges across the edge of the box before hitting a clinical low strike inside Hennessey's near post!
    • 16' Hennessey miscues his kick and United capitalise. Rooney has the ball on the left of the box and his low shot is deflected over the bar by the keeper!
    • 15' Wolves defend the set piece well but struggle to clear. Carrick fouls Jarvis as the winger shields the ball and Wolves can catch their breath.
    • 14' Nani will send in the first corner of the match, but not before the referee deals with a bit of argy bargy in the box.
    • 13' Michael Wright has got in touch via Twitter to say: "United definitely need to dip into the transfer market because this team is just not good enough." - Ferguson has this week expressed his reservations about going on a January spending spree. Fergie wary of January sales
    • 12' O'Hara floats a teasing delivery to the near post, but the header back across goal is plucked out of the air by David de Gea.
    • 11' Evans concedes a free-kick about 15 yards inside the United half. O'Hara will deliver as Wolves sned plenty forward for it.
    • 10' Nani squares the ball to Rooney who has plenty of space to turn and try to bend an effort past Hennessey into the bottom corner, but the Welsh keeper is down to save the shot and hold the ball.
    • 9' Matt Jarvis shows too much of the ball to Smalling, who steps in to make the interception. Kevin Doyle is linking things up well for Wolves whenever they attack at the moment.
    • 8' Valencia surges intot eh box with the ball. He tries the give-and-go with Nani but handles the ball as the return pass kicks up. Free-kick to Wolves.
    • 7' Rooney feeds Valerncia out wide. The Ecuadorean gets his cross in and Michael Carrick sends a diving header just over the bar!
    • 6' When United last exited the Champions League in the group stages in 2005-06, they went unbeaten in their next 10 matches in all competitions, starting with a 1-1 home PL draw with Everton on December 11, 2005. Only Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Ji-Sung Park remain from the team that lost 2-1 at Benfica in their final CL group match that season.
    • 5' Wayne Rooney gets the ball and turns some 25 yards from goal. He goes for the cheeky chip from range but it hits a defender and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey can gather the loose ball to stop the corner.
    • 4' Some good early attacking possession from Wolves, who are moving forward with real purpose.
    • 3' Antonio Valencia feeds Chris Smalling on the overlap down the right. The full-back gets his cross in but it's cleared at the near post. Nani flashes a low ball across from the other flank but no one can get a touch in it. Great ball from the Portuguese.
    • 2' United have won 73% of PL matches with Vidic in the side, and only 59% without him featuring.
    • 1' Wolves win the ball and pour men forward. The ball runs across the edge of the box and Jamie O'Hara leaves it for Stephen Fletcher... Fired left-footed wide of the target! Nervy start for the home side.
    • 1' United kick off and we're underway!
    • 14:57 The teams are walking out on to the Old Trafford pitch now. We'll be underway shortly. You can share your thoughts on this game by getting in touch with me via Twitter @tony_mabert. We'll try and post your comments when we can.
    • 14:55 Today's referee is Michael Oliver. The last time the Northumberland official took charge of a United match was that February defeat at Molineux. This is his first ever match at Old Trafford.
    • 14:50 Thanks to Infostrada for this pre-match fact: Rio Ferdinand starts for Manchester United. If they win it will be the 250th PL victory of Ferdinand’s career, becoming the sixth player to reach this milestone after Ryan Giggs (374), Paul Scholes (296), Frank Lampard (284), Phil Neville (262) and Gary Neville (256).
    • 14:45 Wolves did of course beat United the last time they played them. Back in February goals from George Elokobi and Kevin Doyle overturned Nani's early opener and sealed a 2-1 win for Mick McCarthy's side at Molineux, United's first league defeat of the season. Wolves eventually escaped relegation by a single point. Match report: Wolves end United run
    • 14:40 Anyway, back to the business of the Premier League. United can clsoe the gap on leaders City to just two points with a win this afternoon. City travel to chelsea on Monday night. With Sunderland and Blackburn playing each other on Sunday, Wolves can open up a six-point gap above their relegation rivals if they can win a league match at Old Trafford for the first time since February 1980. Premier League table
    • 14:35 Alex Ferguson has moved to clarify his comments about contesting the Europa League as a 'punishment' that drew the ire of UEFA president Michel Platini: "It's a good competition. (When) you see some of the teams left in it, it has got to be a strong competition. When I say it's a punishment for us to be in the Europa League what I mean by that is for 20 years what this club has only thought about is the Champions League. All we've thought of is winning that European Cup."
    • 14:30 Mick McCarthy is wary of a backlash from United following their Champions League exit: "It's a bit like going to Chelsea a few weeks ago when everyone was saying 'it's a great time to play Chelsea'. When is it a great time to go and play Manchester United at Old Trafford or Chelsea at their place? I just don't see that. Their top performance is only just around the corner and if we let them perform, they will slap us. If we let them play, we can get a right doing."
    • 14:25 Wolves captain Roger Johnson returns to the heart of the defence for the visitors, while Jody Craddock has a hamstring injury. Karl Henry returns from suspension and replaces Stephen Hunt in the starting line-up from the team that beat Sunderland last time out. Wolves team page
    • 14:20 With Nemanja Vidic potentially ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Basel, Jonny Evans partners Rio Ferdinand at centre-back. Antonio Valencia comes in for Ashley Young, while Michael Carrick returns after he was suspended for that loss in Switzerland. With Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov both injured, Danny Welbeck is up front with Wayne Rooney. Manchester United team page
    • 14:15 Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Young, Park, Macheda, Gibson, Fryers /// Wolves: Hennessey; Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Edwards, Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis; Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Hammill, Milijas.
    • 14:10 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford!
  • Summary

    • 89' Lovely weighted through ball from Doyle that is inch-perfect for Jarvis to latch on to between two United players. He surges into the box and De Gea parries the winger's low shot!
    • 82' Jarvis sends in another testing cross and Hunt catches it sweetly with a left-footed half-volley but it's blocked before it can get through to De Gea's goal!
    • 79' Rooney's first touch tees him up for the shot from range, but the low bending effort is too close to Hennessey who makes the save.
    • 74' Once again Jarvis hoists a good cross to Fletcher at the far post and the Scot gets above Fryers, but his header is not enough of a test for De Gea.
    • 65' Welbeck does very well to fight off the attentions of three defenders and get tot he edge of the box, but he miscues his left-footed strike and Hennessey is grateful to gather up the tame effort.
    • 62' MANCHESTER UNITED 4-1 WOLVES!! Valencia again terrorises Ward and his cross comes to Rooney who fires a lovely half-volley on the turn past Hennessey!
    • 61' Valencia drives forward as he cuts in from the right and goes for goal, but he drags his effort wide of the far post from 20 yards.
    • 57' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 3-1 WOLVES!! Jones plays the ball wide to Valencia, who runs at his full-back before hitting a low ball across the edge of the six-yard box for Nani to prod home!
    • 51' Jones clips an invting cross to the far post for Welbeck who can't guide the ball on target! Great ball in from the versatile United man.
    • 47' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 WOLVES!! Jarvis digs out a looping cross to the far post and Fletcher outjumps Evra to head back past De Gea and into the net!
    • 35' Rooney's sidefooted effort takes a heavy deflection off Roger Johnson but Hennessey reacts well to tip it around the foot of the post!
    • 27' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 WOLVES!! Wolves defend the corner but again United retain possession and build another attack. The ball is rolled across to Rooney by Nani and he fires home a low finish that's too quick for Hennessey!!
    • 21' Danny Welbeck releases Nani with a great through ball. The Portuguese holds it up inside the box before squaring for Phil Jones, who can't get his boot on to the cross and it flashes across goal! The United man came close to scoring his third goal in as many games there.
    • 17' GOAL!! MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 WOLVES!! Wolves fail to clear the United corner and Nani surges across the edge of the box before hitting a clinical low strike inside Hennessey's near post!
    • 16' Hennessey miscues his kick and United capitalise. Rooney has the ball on the left of the box and his low shot is deflected over the bar by the keeper!
    • 10' Nani squares the ball to Rooney who has plenty of space to turn and try to bend an effort past Hennessey into the bottom corner, but the Welsh keeper is down to save the shot and hold the ball.
    • 7' Rooney feeds Valerncia out wide. The Ecuadorean gets his cross in and Michael Carrick sends a diving header just over the bar!
    • 1' Wolves win the ball and pour men forward. The ball runs across the edge of the box and Jamie O'Hara leaves it for Stephen Fletcher... Fired left-footed wide of the target! Nervy start for the home side.
    • 14:15 Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Young, Park, Macheda, Gibson, Fryers /// Wolves: Hennessey; Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Edwards, Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis; Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Hammill, Milijas.

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