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Ronald Zubar produces a cross, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
Shot from inside the area by Nenad Milijas clears the bar.
Rio Ferdinand challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Rio Ferdinand for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis.
Matthew Jarvis has an effort at goal from 12 yards. David De Gea makes a save.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
Shot by Ronald Zubar from outside the box goes over the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David De Gea.
The ball is delivered by Phil Jones, clearance by Roger Johnson.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Stephen Hunt has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Ezekiel Fryers gets a block in.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Unfair challenge on Federico Macheda by Ronald Zubar results in a free kick. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for Steven Fletcher. Luis Nani goes off and Ashley Young comes on. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Kevin Doyle on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Federico Macheda comes on in place of Danny Welbeck.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
The ball is sent over by Karl Henry, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Ward, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Stephen Hunt. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
Stephen Hunt comes on in place of Jamie O'Hara.
Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
The offside flag is raised against Steven Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
The referee blows for offside against Danny Welbeck. Ezekiel Fryers replaces Patrice Evra. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Drilled right-footed shot by Danny Welbeck. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, A goal is scored by Wayne Rooney from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-1 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Antonio Valencia.
Antonio Valencia produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney played to the near post, Chris Smalling takes a shot.
Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, blocked by Ronald Zubar.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, A goal is scored by Luis Nani from close in low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 3-1 Wolverhampton.Assist by Antonio Valencia.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
Chris Smalling sends in a cross, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nenad Milijas on Danny Welbeck. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ronald Zubar by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Phil Jones sends in a cross, Close range effort by Danny Welbeck goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, Steven Fletcher scores a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 2-1 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Jarvis.
Karl Henry produces a cross, clearance made by David De Gea.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.
Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
Effort on goal by Luis Nani from 20 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
Shot from 18 yards by Danny Welbeck. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Danny Welbeck. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward, clearance made by Michael Carrick.
Nenad Milijas delivers the ball, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
The official flags Antonio Valencia offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Phil Jones makes a clearance.
Luis Nani decides to take the corner short.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Nenad Milijas manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Ronald Zubar results in a free kick. Luis Nani restarts play with the free kick.
Nenad Milijas is brought on as a substitute for David Edwards.
Danny Welbeck is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Wolverhampton.Luis Nani provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Chris Smalling, blocked by Christophe Berra.
Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, clearance made by Jamie O'Hara.
Corner from left by-line taken by Luis Nani.
Danny Welbeck produces a cross, clearance made by Karl Henry.
Lobbed right-footed shot by Wayne Rooney. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, save by David De Gea.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Doyle. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Ward crosses the ball, blocked by Chris Smalling.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Nani finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Antonio Valencia.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Ronald Zubar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Michael Carrick. Stephen Ward takes the free kick.
Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Ward.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by David Edwards. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Jonathan Evans results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by David De Gea.
Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Foul by Chris Smalling on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
Antonio Valencia is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Header on goal by Michael Carrick from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort from 20 yards by Wayne Rooney. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Ward, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward.
The ball is swung over by Phil Jones.
Luis Nani produces a cross.
The ball is sent over by Chris Smalling, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Karl Henry. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Steven Fletcher misses to the left of the target.
Berbatov boost for beleaguered United
Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Dimitar Berbatov recovers from an ankle injury to give Manchester United a much-needed lift ahead of the Old Trafford encounter with Wolves.
Skipper Nemanja Vidic (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the season and other long-term casualties include Javier Hernandez and Tom Cleverley (both ankle), Michael Owen (thigh), Anderson (knee) and Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio, who were both hurt in the Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.
Michael Carrick returns from suspension and should start in midfield, with Phil Jones reverting to a defensive position.
Ferguson has thrown a cloak of protection around his young players, insisting they will not be "hounded" despite the Champions League catastrophe in midweek.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nani, Ashley Young and David de Gea were all in Ferguson's midweek starting line-up, with Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda introduced later on, all to no avail.
Yet, rather than allow such a negative experience to crush them, Ferguson insists he retains total trust in their talent and expects them to be the bedrock of a new United.
"We've experienced this many times over the years, going back to when (Ryan) Giggs and the other young lads came in to the side," he said.
"They came in for criticism, particularly against Aston Villa [in 1995].
"It has happened more recently with Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Darren Fletcher. They have all become the foundation of the club and that's what will happen with these young players.
"They have achieved many great things so far. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck have played for their country.
"They had a nasty experience on Wednesday but they have the trust of myself and my coaches.
"They will not be hounded because of one bad performance. Time will prove us right."
Wolves midfielder is available after serving a one-match suspension.
Henry was unavailable for the 2-1 home success over Sunderland last weekend after incurring five bookings this season.
Central defender Jody Craddock is rated doubtful to overcome a hamstring injury suffered against the Black Cats.
His likely absence could mean a recall for skipper Roger Johnson who was dropped against Sunderland after a run of poor form.
Rooney at the double
Wayne Rooney celebrated his Euro 2012 reprieve with his first Premier League goals since September as Manchester United put their Champions League agonies to one side by thrashing Wolves 4-1 at Old Trafford.
Rooney, whose three-match ban for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine next summer was reduced to two on appeal on Thursday, scored twice in the four-goal romp, taking his tally for the season to 11.
Nani also bagged two as United closed to within a couple of points of leaders Manchester City, who visit Chelsea on Monday.
The victory - as impressive as it was - does not atone for the disappointment in Switzerland on Wednesday with United losing 2-1 to Basle to go out of Europe's premier club competition.
But, with so many injuries to overcome as well, the sight of Rooney making a meaningful contribution to a handsome win at least allows Sir Alex Ferguson to move forward with confidence.
Even Ferguson knows there is no way to put a positive spin on early elimination from the Champions League.
Yet some of the criticism has hurt deeply judging by a comment in his programme notes.
"We will take a lot of stick from critics and even from people we thought were perhaps on our side," said Ferguson.
It was not made clear whether the Scot was referring specifically to former skipper Roy Keane, who was the first to make his observations known as a pundit for ITV and had not held back in his view of the younger players in Ferguson's squad.
However, the reaction helped bring a sense of focus to United's performance once Steven Fletcher had fired a good chance wide after just 20 seconds.
A Wolves goal at that point would have really caused the home fans to sweat.
As it was, with Nani leading the way, they swiftly took command.
The Portugal winger was one of the few to excel in Basle and maintained that form against Mick McCarthy's side.
He had already served notice of his intention to cause Wolves problems when he was allowed to drift his way across the penalty area, skipping past three defenders in the process.
Nani then cut a shot back beyond Wayne Hennessey's right-hand that found the bottom corner.
The celebration was a mixture of relief and defiance.
What happened on Wednesday is going to take more than one goal, one performance and one win to put right but the process of putting together those shattered pieces had begun.
It was Nani's first Premier League goal since September 24, a week after Rooney had last found the net in league combat.
That effort, against Chelsea, came at a time when United's season was so full of promise.
It is a measure of the disappointments since that when Rooney collected Nani's pass and found the same corner his team-mate's shot had nestled in earlier, it broke a sequence of seven league games when United had scored just a single goal.
Yet, in keeping with the hosts' recent difficulties, they handed Wolves a lifeline within 90 seconds of the restart when Fletcher peeled off onto Patrice Evra, then rose above the diminutive Frenchman to power home Matt Jarvis' excellent far-post cross.
For a few minutes, United were struggling as Jarvis tormented Chris Smalling.
But when Phil Jones set Antonio Valencia away, the South American's low cross was tucked home by Nani from close range.
Now the conviction for which United are so synonymous returned.
Hennessey bundled Jonny Evans' header round the post and twice denied Danny Welbeck.
In between, Valencia, one of those to struggle for form this season, picked out Rooney with another right wing cross.
Though not in the greatest position, the bounce was kind and Rooney managed to get his body in the right position to send his shot flying into the Wolves goal.
Ferguson felt sufficiently emboldened to hand Ezekiel Fryers his Premier League debut, although it took some smart reactions from Rio Ferdinand, upon whom so much is now expected with Nemanja Vidic out for the season, to prevent United ending up in trouble after the England man's clearing header had smacked Smalling in the face.
United should have wrapped things up six minutes from time but Roger Johnson was allowed to clear Jones' cross as substitute Federico Macheda slid in.
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