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  • 11 March 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 75598
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  • With that result, United head to the top of the table as their neighbours Manchester City are downed 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium by Swansea, a great day for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
  • 90' + 3'
    FULL TIME! United get all three points today, and they were gained fairly leisurely. The first 20 minutes were a bit dodgy for the hosts, and Odemwingie really could have had a penalty, but United were ruthless and took full advantage of the dismissal for Jonas Olsson.
  • 90' + 2'
    Just about finished now, it's really come to a bit of a stand still.
  • 90'
    Into added time now, three minutes to play.
  • 89'
    De Gea claims it really well and United break, but Carrick's shot is blocked.
  • 88'
    West Brom have a corner. It was a good whipped cross in, but Evra did well to clear under pressure from Long.
  • 87'
    I think it's fair to say that this game as a contest is over. It's all United now, and they're still searching for more goals, but West Brom are holding strong.
  • 83'
    Pogba drags a shot just wide of the post but the United fans are cheering with the news that Swansea have taken the lead against Manchester City! If both results stay as they are United will be top at the close of play.
  • 82'
    And after United break, Chicharito sends in a fantastic cross to the far post where Ashley Young gets his diving header wrong, sending the ball wide of the post. Not a bad effort though from the wide man, he's not exactly renowned for his heading.
  • 81'
    Good work from Mulumbu, who sends substitute Shane Long off towards goal. He gets in a good shot but De Gea is equal to it, stretching to the ball wide of his near post.
  • 79'
    Rooney almost got Chicharito in there, but it's well cut out again by the West Brom defence. It just hasn't dropped right for the Mexican today.
  • 77'
    Substitution Danny Welbeck Tom Cleverley
  • 77'
    Substitution Marc-Antoine Fortune Shane Long
  • 77'
    Another of United's young stars is coming on, with Tom Cleverley getting some more game time in place of Danny Welbeck.
  • 75'
    The United fans are certainly hoping to endear themselves to Pogba, cheering every touch he gets. Chicharito almost makes it three, dragging an effort just wide after some good build up play.
  • 73'
    A raft of substitutions includes the transfer-rumour man Paul Pogba replacing Paul Scholes. Now we'll see what the hype is about, I suppose.
  • 72'
    Substitution Paul Scholes Paul Pogba
  • 72'
    Substitution Keith Andrews Paul Scharner
  • 72'
    Substitution Chris Brunt Nicky Shorey
  • 71'
    Assist Ashley Young
  • 71'
    Penalty Goal Wayne Rooney
    GOAL! Wayne Rooney stays cool from the spot to drive the ball right into the bottom corner, the exact same spot he put it against Bilbao on Thursday. That should be game over now.
  • 66'
    Yellow/Red Jonas Olsson
    RED CARD! Jonas Olsson picks up a second booking for taking down Chicarito, and he can't really complain about that. Things have gone from bad to worse for the visitors.
  • 64'
    The front three combining well for United, but Chicharito can't get on the end of Welbeck's pass. Some nice play from the strikers though.
  • 59'
    Albion stay in the game, somehow. Paul Scholes' long ball over the top finds Danny Welbeck, and the striker is in on the keeper, but rolls his shot just wide of the post. He really should have done better there.
  • 56'
    Phil Jones puts in a decent cross and under pressure from Chicharito, Foster claims the ball really well.
  • 53'
    Peter Odemwingie goes down in the box under a challenge from Patrice Evra. The Frenchman is a little lucky there, he takes the man and not the ball, but it was definitely soft. Straight up the other end and Chicharito strikes the post for United from distance. A corner from the hosts leads to an overhead kick from Rooney, but it's straight at Foster. It's all happening now!
  • 51'
    Rooney almost threads Chicharito into the box, but it's well cut out by Gareth McAuley. Rooney is playing some nice passes so far this half.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Jonas Olsson
  • 49'
    It's a poor corner and cleared easily by Welbeck at the front post.
  • 48'
    West Brom have been doing the early attacking so far and have a corner.
  • 46'
    The teams are back out and Manchester United will get the second half underway.
  • HALF TIME! Rooney's goal about 10 minutes before the break has put United in the lead, but it hasn't been completely clean sailing for the hosts. They'll be reasonably satisfied, but the opening 20 minutes were all West Brom.
  • 45' + 1'
    But it's easily cleared and United more or less keep the ball all the way until half time.
  • 45'
    But it's cleared, and Phil Jones brings down Peter Odemwingie who was breaking clear for the Baggies. It could be the last action of the half here.
  • 44'
    It's been pretty much all United since that goal, but they haven't really done too much in front of goal. They've got a corner now though.
  • 39'
    More from Jon Birchall at Old Trafford: "Rooney may have got the goal but a word for Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick who have been superb for the hosts today. It's like a huge game of piggy in the middle in the centre circle at the moment and must be exhausting for the visitors. Becoming quite the pair are those two - England call-ups anyone?"
  • 35'
    Assist Javier Hernández
  • 35'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
    GOAL! Wayne Rooney puts Manchester United ahead! Chicharito drove into the box, striking an effort in towards goal, and Rooney steals in to get a touch on the ball and divert it beyond Ben Foster.
  • 31'
    Wayne Rooney has an effort but can't really get enough on it to trouble Ben Foster.
  • 27'
    Young and Welbeck combine really well there, a couple of one-two's and a back heel from the striker put Young through, and he beats Ben Foster to the ball but his cut back is cleared by Jonas Olsson.
  • 25'
    Young dances down the left and earns a corner for United. They go short, but the cross is blocked for another corner. It's a good delivery from the winger, but Welbeck heads over.
  • 23'
    United are beginning to dominate possession now, as you might expect at Old Trafford. Not making too many inroads at the West Brom defence though, they're keeping a very tight bank of five in midfield.
  • 20'
    A little break in play as Andrews receives some treatment for a knee injury. He's ok to continue though.
  • 16'
    West Brom very positive at the moment. Andrews has an effort from range saved by De Gea, and from the corner Ridgewell heads just wide.
  • 16'
    West Brom very positive at the moment. Andrews has an effort from range saved by De Gea, and from the corner Ridgewell heads just wide.
  • 14'
    Our man at the ground, Jon Birchall: "An even game at the moment with half-chances coming for both sides. Biggest cheer of the day so far however just came for Paul Scholes after he pulled off a tackle in which he didn't actually kick Morrison's shins. Old dog, new trick."
  • 10'
    Ashley Young has the first effort for United, but it's stopped by Ben Foster.
  • 7'
    First chance to West Brom, Liam Ridgewell gets down the flank and sends in a decent cross, but Keith Andrews just can't get on the end of it.
  • 3'
    It's taken by Young, but cleared at the front post.
  • 3'
    Ashley Young wins an early corner for United.
  • 1'
    And it'll be West Brom to get us underway here at Old Trafford.
  • PENALTY TO UNITED! Young is brought down by Keith Andrews. It's a silly penalty to give away, he just tugged him back and it's Wayne Rooney to step up...
  • United are held to 1-0 still, as Welbeck goes down in the area but no penalty given. West Brom scramble it clear, but a deflected shot almost catches out Ben Foster straight after. It's a good save in the end from the former United keeper though.
  • So, that's apparently want-away midfielder Paul Pogba on the bench for United. Does that mean all the rumours are false about him joining Juventus? Or is Fergie just a little short in midfield?
  • Here are the teams for you in full: Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Young, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck; Hernandez, Rooney. Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Rafael, Cleverley, Pogba. West Brom: Foster; Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Odemwingie, Mulumbu, Morrison, Andrews, Brunt; Fortune. Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, Long, Dorrans, Shorey, Cox, Scharner.
  • Hello, and welcome to the Goal.com play-by-play coverage of Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion. Sir Alex Ferguson has named a strong side after their midweek defeat at home to Athletic Bilbao, with Wayne Rooney, Chicharito and Danny Welbeck in the starting lineup, while Chris Brunt is back in the starting lineup for the first time in almost two months following a broken foot.