• Date: Sat 23 January 2010
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 73,933
Manchester United

Manchester United

Rooney (8)

Rooney (82)

Rooney (86)

Rooney (90)

4 - 0

Manchester United vs Hull City

Team Lineups

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Patrice Evra (Da Silva Fabio, 88)
Rio Ferdinand
Da Silva Rafael
Jonny Evans, J
Ji-Sung Park
Luis Carlos Nani
Paul Scholes (Darron Gibson, 72)
Darren Fletcher
Michael Owen (Dimitar Berbatov, 72)
Wayne Rooney

Hull City

Boaz Myhill
Andy Dawson
Anthony Gardner
Paul McShane
Kamil Zayatte
Craig Fagan
Nicky Barmby (Bernard Mendy, 58)
Deiberson Geovanni (Kevin Kilbane, 74)
Stephen Hunt
Richard Garcia (Kamel Ghilas, 70)
George Boateng

Match Report
Four goals from Wayne Rooney took Manchester United to the top of the Premier League for the first time in three months following a 4-0 victory over Hull City at Old Trafford. Whatever United's predicament on and off the pitch, Rooney is the Red Devils' man for all seasons. Despite his numerous honours and status, the 24-year-old England striker's enthusiasm for all aspects of the game remains as strong as ever. He scored four goals but could have had more. And there was no player on the pitch who covered more ground than Rooney. His first goal came in the eighth minute. Ji-Sung Park found Paul Scholes 25 yards out and the United veteran fired in a stunning shot. Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill parried the effort, but Rooney was on hand to collect the rebound and bury his right-foot shot into the net from eight yards. Rooney had to wait a further 74 minutes before bagging his second goal. Nani hit a viciously swerving free-kick from 25 yards which was spilt by Myhill. The Hull goalkeeper managed to bundle the ball onto the bar and then barged into defender Andy Dawson as he attempted to atone for his error. Hull failed to clear effectively and Nani found Darron Gibson, who touched the ball to Rooney and he scored with a right-foot shot from 12 yards. Rooney was now in unstoppable form and completed his hat-trick four minutes later when he met Nani's deep cross from the right to send his bullet header into the net at the far post from eight yards out. Rooney notched his first four-goal haul for the Red Devils three minutes into injury time when he collected Dimitar Berbatov's clever flick from the left side of the Hull penalty area and turned his shot from 12 yards in between two defenders and into the net. Michael Owen missed two good chances to score for United, while Rooney, whose goal tally is now 20 for the for season, could have had more. United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar made competent saves from Nicky Barmby after 18 minutes and Kevin Kilbane from the last kick of the game, but nothing could have overshadowed Rooney's brilliant display.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The full-time whistle goes and United go to the top of the table while Hull remain in the relegation zone.

90

Kevin Kilbane's volley is straight into the arms of Edwin van der Sar.

90
Goal
 

Dimitar Berbatov's throughball should be cleared but Wayne Rooney is there to slot it low into the corner of the net.

90

There are five minutes of added time.

90

The corner is played to George Boateng just outside the box and he shoots wide.

89

Bernard Mendy pulls the ball back from the byline and it's cleared for a corner just before Craig Fagan is able to reach it.

87
Substitution
 

Patrice Evra is replaced by Fabio Da Silva.

85
Goal
 

Wayne Rooney has his hat-trick, heading Nani's cross past Boaz Myhill.

82
Goal
 

Wayne Rooney is again in the right place after Nani's effort is tipped onto the bar, and his drive gives Boaz Myhill no chance.

81

Stephen Hunt has a shot which ends up in the arms of Edwin van der Sar, and Hull are not lying down at Old Trafford.

79
Yellow Card
 

Craig Fagan is booked

79

Dimitar Berbatov goes past a couple of players and sets up Ji-Sung Park but Hull clear the danger.

77

Darron Gibson tries to lob Boaz Myhill and Wayne Rooney is not happy he wasn't picked out by his team-mate.

76

Hull have a corner which is delivered towards the penalty spot but it's cleared by Wayne Rooney.

75

Kamel Ghilas goes very close for Hull but sends the ball just wide.

74
Substitution
 

Kevin Kilbane is on for Deiberson Geovanni in Hull's final change.

73

Bernard Mendy shoots high and wide after cutting inside the United defence.

72
Substitution
 

Dimitar Berbatov replaces Michael Owen.

72
Substitution
 

Darron Gibson comes on for Paul Scholes.

70
Substitution
 

Richard Garcia makes way for Kamel Ghilas.

69

Nani sends in a cross which is glanced wide by Michael Owen.

67

Another great cross from Nani which is almost met by Ji-Sung Park.

66

Da Silva sends in a cross which is just cleared by Andy Dawson.

64

Wayne Rooney shoots from 30 yards out but his right-foot effort is just wide.

63

Hull have a corner which is delivered into Anthony Gardner but the Hull man can't make any proper contact.

61

Hull are having a go now but just can't find a way through the United defence.

59

Nani delivers the ball into the area but his cross is just ahead of Wayne Rooney who was racing into the box.

58
Substitution
 

Nicky Barmby makes way for Bernard Mendy.

56

Wayne Rooney's corner is overhit but Nani manages to keep the ball in, however his cross is gratefully received by Boaz Myhill.

55

Manchester United have a free-kick which is wasted but soon win another corner.

53

Nani's cross is into the arms of Boaz Myhill.

52

Hull get the ball behind for another corner.

52

United counterattack and Nani's cross is headed behind for a corner.

51

The corner is straight into the arms of Edwin van der Sar.

51

Deiberson Geovanni charges forwards and Richard Garcia wins a corner for Hull.

50

The assistant referee is back on his feet and looks okay.

48

The referee's assistant has been knocked onto the track at the side of the pitch by Craig Fagan and he's surrounded by paramedics so we have a break in play.

Second half
 

The second half gets underway.

Half time
 

The whistle goes for half-time.

45

Darren Fletcher puts a great delivery into the box but Michael Owen's downward header is straight into the arms of Boaz Myhill.

45

There will be two minutes of added time.

44

Nani squares the ball to Michael Owen who forces a good save from Boaz Myhill.

42
Yellow Card
 

Wayne Rooney is booked for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt.

40

Patrice Evra fouls Richard Garcia and Hull have a free-kick and can take a breather.

39

Wayne Rooney has a turn and shot which is just wide of the left-hand post.

36

The corner comes to nothing.

36

Hull have a corner and need to make the most of these set-pieces.

34

United are in control of this game but while there's only one goal in it Hull wiill hold out some hope.

32

Wayne Rooney sends a free-kick over the wall and the ball goes just wide of the right-hand post with Boaz Myhill motionless.

31

Their side might be winning, but there are some empty seats in Old Trafford and the home fans are chanting against the Glazers.

30

Anthony Gardner heads behind Nani's cross for another corner, which is cleared.

28

Desperate moments for Hull with Ji-Sung Park, Michael Owen and Nani all having efforts blocked.

26

Stephen Hunt delivers a deep cross but it's too near Edwin van der Sar and the chance is gone.

25

Nicky Barmby gets the ball to the edge of the area but Da Silva is able to clear.

23

Michael Owen latches onto a throughball and wins another corner, which is headed straight at Boaz Myhill by Rio Ferdinand.

21

Wayne Rooney turns and shoots from Nani's pass but his effort is deflected over the bar for yet another corner.

20

The corner is cleared and there's a short break in play as Kamil Zayatte goes down under the challenge of Jonny Evans.

19

United have another corner thanks to Nani.

18

The ball is put behind for another corner which is eventually cleared.

17

Nicky Barmby's shot from an acute angle is parried away by Edwin van der Sar and Hull have a corner.

16

Deiberson Geovanni takes a free-kick 20 yards out but it's poor and straight at the wall.

15

Rio Ferdinand reaches the corner kick but pokes the ball wide.

14

It takes both Paul McShane and Anthony Gardner to stop Wayne Rooney in the area and United have another corner.

13

Darren Fletcher delivers a great cross but Ji-Sung Park heads wide.

11

Nani has a shot which flies over the bar.

10

United are looking very sharp with Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney combining well.

9

Michael Owen puts Wayne Rooney in but the Hull defence just manage to get back and clear the danger.

7
Goal
 

Paul Scholes's long-range effort is parried by Boaz Myhill into the path of Wayne Rooney who makes no mistake.

7

Nani's cross is deflected for another corner.

6

Hull are enjoying some possession, Nicky Barmby and George Boateng exchanging passes.

4

Michael Owen moves towards the edge of the area but is dispossessed by Anthony Gardner.

2

Nani looks for Rio Ferdinand from the corner but Hull manage to get the ball away.

1

United are on the attack already, Wayne Rooney pulls the ball back to Michael Owen whose shot is deflected wide for a corner.

1
Kickoff
 

The game is underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Hull are hoping to move out of the relegation zone but haven't won a game away all season.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Rio Ferdinand returns to the Manchester United line-up with his side looking to go top of the Premier League.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Man Utd face Hull City at 3pm on Saturday, January 23rd.