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Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, save made by Ben Foster.
Outswinging corner taken by Craig Gardner from the right by-line, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Javier Hernandez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darron Gibson.
Caution for Ryan Giggs.
A goal is scored by Lee Bowyer from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd.Assist by Nikola Zigic.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Carr.
Kevin Phillips on for Cameron Jerome.
Lee Bowyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Nikola Zigic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jean Beausejour.
Patrice Evra fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Shot from just outside the box by Darron Gibson misses to the right of the goal.
The referee shows Scott Dann a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Dimitar Berbatov. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Dimitar Berbatov. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Scott Dann fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Darren Fletcher coming on for Oliveira Anderson.
Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by Alexander Hleb.
Craig Gardner crosses the ball.
Long range shot from Oliveira Anderson misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Rafael Da Silva, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Dimitar Berbatov hits the post.
A goal is scored by Dimitar Berbatov from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Man Utd.Darron Gibson provided the assist for the goal.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Header on goal by Wayne Rooney from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Short corner taken by Darron Gibson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Darron Gibson from the left by-line, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
Rafael Da Silva produces a cross.
Shot by Craig Gardner. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Short corner worked by Sebastian Larsson.
Lee Bowyer has an effort at goal. Ryan Giggs gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Centre by Rafael Da Silva, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
Foul by Wayne Rooney on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Craig Gardner from just outside the area goes over the net.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson.
Foul by Oliveira Anderson on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Shot from long range by Craig Gardner goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick.
Jean Beausejour sends in a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Dimitar Berbatov makes a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.
Nemanja Vidic receives a yellow card.
Cameron Jerome fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Gardner from the free kick.
Drilled left-footed shot by Ryan Giggs. Save made by Ben Foster.
Lee Bowyer receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Lee Bowyer challenges Darron Gibson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Oliveira Anderson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Craig Gardner receives a yellow card. Barry Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Rafael Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Ryan Giggs.
Michael Carrick challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick.
Ryan Giggs crosses the ball.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, save by Ben Foster.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Patrice Evra produces a cross, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Wayne Rooney. Comfortable save by Ben Foster.
Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Header on goal by Cameron Jerome from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Lee Bowyer is penalised for a handball. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The second half begins.
The match has reached full-time.
McLeish hopes break boosts Blues
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish insists his team will be raring to go against Manchester United following their unexpected "mid-winter break".
McLeish's team have seen their last two games called off due to adverse weather conditions, meaning they have not played since being beaten by Wolves on December 12.
But the former Scotland boss reports his team's training schedule has returned to normal, having been affected by the sheer weight of snowfall in the midlands earlier in the month.
"There's that mid-winter break we've all been asking for," McLeish joked. "I don't think the players have lost any sharpness because we've had a really good week in training.
"They were like kids with toys, getting out on the grass, because we did have some problems clearing the snow from the grass in the previous week, so training was interrupted."
The postponements may have eased Birmingham's busy fixture schedule but McLeish's men face an intensive start to 2011, due to rearranged matches and the two legs of the Carling Cup semi-final against West Ham.
They are also due to visit Blackpool on January 4, a match which may also be threatened if the cold snap persists, due to the lack of undersoil heating at Bloomfield Road.
Despite such concerns, McLeish is not troubled by the winter schedule.
"I don't know what good it does to worry about something like that," he said. "You've just got to handle it, it's the challenge that we face.
"If any group of players can overcome that, it's this bunch. You've got to keep the focus for the next game, and the next game's against Manchester United."
McLeish was at Old Trafford on Boxing Day to watch Sir Alex Ferguson's side maintain their unbeaten Premier League record this season with a win over Sunderland.
McLeish hopes his team's performances at home against the Premier League's top sides this season will allow them to believe they can end United's run.
"They were pretty impressive," he said. "Someday, Man United will lose a game and I'm hoping and believing it's us that can do that.
"We're at St Andrew's and I think we have to believe. We've upset the big teams before, and it would be nice if we can do that again.
"We've heard opposition managers of those teams say it's a difficult place to come to and we want United to be saying that after the game."
On-loan midfielder Alexander Hleb could feature on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Ryan Giggs is taking nothing for granted even though Manchester United's grip on the Premier League is beginning to strengthen.
United head to Birmingham still unbeaten following their win over Sunderland and with daylight starting to appear between them and their nearest challengers.
However, Giggs is not getting carried away.
The veteran Welshman is acutely aware United have had two away games - at Blackpool and Chelsea - postponed and that, in this of all seasons, shock results can crop up at any time.
"You are obviously wary because of the way the league has been this year," said Giggs. "Anyone can beat anyone. We are thankful we remain unbeaten and confidence is high. But we realise that nothing can be taken for granted.
"It is a tough league and we need to be at our best in every game."
Yet the self-belief at Old Trafford must be fuelled by the knowledge United traditionally improve at this time of year.
It is rare for United not to kick on during January and there is a possibility that by the time they encounter Chelsea for the first time in March, they could be too far in front for Carlo Ancelotti's men to do anything about it.
"We hope to get better in the second half of the season," said Giggs.
"Our form over the last few weeks has been really good. We looked sharp against Arsenal and Blackburn, and it was the same against Sunderland.
"Some of the play we produced, the one-touch passing and the movement, was great to be involved in."
If there are negatives they come through the continued absence of Paul Scholes with a groin injury and the loss of Park Ji-sung to an Asian Cup campaign with South Korea, which is likely to mean his absence until February.
"We are disappointed Ji is going away at this time because he has been playing so well," said Giggs.
"Any of the lads would have Ji in the team every time because of his work rate and what he puts into the game.
"But this is what the squad is for. We have players who aren't getting games but will be ready to come in and do a job."
Bowyer late show pegs back leaders United
Manchester United are set to end 2010 on top of the Barclays Premier League despite Lee Bowyer's late leveller for Birmingham in the 1-1 draw at St Andrew's.
Dimitar Berbatov had followed his double in the Boxing Day win over Sunderland with what looked another decisive contribution to take his tally for the campaign to 15 goals.
But Bowyer, who had scored the winner against Chelsea last month, equalised to lift Birmingham out of the bottom three.
United's point enabled them to move ahead of Manchester City on goal difference - they also have two games in hand - and nudge seven points clear of champions Chelsea.
They are now unbeaten in 23 league games and have lost only two of 36 Premier League matches during the calendar year.
Arsenal could overtake them with a big win at Wigan on Wednesday, but the likelihood is United will be top at the start of January.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side were not at their best but still looked to carry too much guile for Alex McLeish's home side before their late show.
Berbatov made an early run into the Birmingham box but Sebastian Larsson was alert to the situation and halted United's leading scorer.
Larsson then showed his attacking prowess with an inviting cross from the right flank, but Cameron Jerome was unable to keep his header down and it flew harmlessly over the bar.
Wayne Rooney, without a club goal in open play since March, tried his luck from 25 yards out but his shot was a couple of yards off target.
Rooney was then found to the left of the box by Anderson but, after cutting inside Stephen Carr, he curled a shot straight at former United goalkeeper Ben Foster.
United went close to breaking the deadlock after 18 minutes after Anderson released the overlapping Ryan Giggs.
His cross-cum-shot almost deceived Foster but he managed to finger-tip the ball on to his right-hand post.
Michael Carrick gave away a free-kick when he jumped into the back of Jerome 20 yards out but Larsson curled his shot just wide.
United's Anderson was then yellow-carded after being involved in a spat with home midfielder Barry Ferguson. City midfielder Craig Gardner also joined in and was booked by referee Lee Mason.
Then Bowyer went into the notebook after a late challenge on Darron Gibson who was starting his first league game since April.
Nemanja Vidic picked up the fourth yellow card of the match for chopping down Jerome as he bore down on goal in a central position.
Gardner's free-kick was deflected wide as Birmingham started to gain a foothold in the match by lifting the tempo.
Gardner was only just off target with a swerving low drive which had Edwin van der Sar scrambling across his line.
Bowyer then teed up the former Aston Villa player 20 yards out but his shot was off target.
Birmingham, beaten at home only once in 16 months, started the second half in positive fashion.
Larsson sent a flick header across the face of goal from Jerome's cross after good play by Beausejour.
Bowyer had a shot deflected for a corner and then Gardner volleyed straight at Van der Sar from 12 yards.
Then after 58 minutes Berbatov broke the deadlock.
Gibson played a probing pass into the path of the striker who came inside Liam Ridgewell before drilling a low shot past Foster into the corner of the net.
It was his eighth goal in his last three starts.
The Bulgarian almost added a second goal two minutes later when his low shot beat the dive of Foster and clipped the outside of a post.
McLeish made his first change after 68 minutes with fit-again Alexander Hleb replacing Larsson.
Darren Fletcher replaced Anderson in United's first change after 72 minutes.
Blues defender Scott Dann was yellow-carded for a late challenge on Berbatov, and Foster then reacted well to turn over a powerful Vidic header from Giggs' corner.
McLeish brought on Nikola Zigic and Kevin Phillips in place of Beausejour and Jerome respectively.
Foster reacted well to turn over a powerful Vidic header from Giggs' corner.
But there was still time for a twist, and with a minute remaining in regulation time Bowyer rescued a point for Birmingham when a deep cross from Johnson was helped on by Zigic, with a hint of handball, and fell into the path of the former England midfielder who made no mistake.
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