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  • Date:19 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:17:15
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:74,778

Live Commentary

94:11 +4.11

Tiago Bebe is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.

93:02 +3.02

A cross is delivered by David Hunt, Headed effort from inside the area by Kyle McFadzean misses to the right of the goal.

92:08 +2.08

Wayne Rooney produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

90:55 +0.55

David Hunt takes the inswinging corner, Richard Brodie takes a shot.

90:46 +0.46

Kyle McFadzean has a drilled shot. Blocked by John O'Shea.


Tiago Bebe challenges Simon Rusk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michel Kuipers restarts play with the free kick.


Caution for Wayne Rooney. Unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Pablo Mills takes the free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Tiago Bebe. Indirect free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.


Wes Brown is booked. Wes Brown is penalised for a handball. Strike on goal comes in from Matthew Tubbs from the free kick.


Simon Rusk replaces Ben Smith.


Unfair challenge on Matthew Tubbs by Chris Smalling results in a free kick. Dean Howell shoots direct from the free kick.


Centre by Richard Brodie, Anders Lindegaard makes a comfortable save.


Matthew Tubbs is caught offside. Anders Lindegaard takes the indirect free kick.


Richard Brodie crosses the ball, Effort on goal by David Hunt from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.


Darren Fletcher replaces Fabio Da Silva.


Jamie Cook is brought on as a substitute for William Gibson.


The ball is sent over by Ben Smith, save by Anders Lindegaard.


Tiago Bebe crosses the ball.


Richard Brodie on for Craig McAllister. Foul by Sergio Torres on Darron Gibson, free kick awarded. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.


The ball is delivered by John O'Shea, clearance by Kyle McFadzean.


The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.


Sergio Torres fouled by Tiago Bebe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Howell.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tiago Bebe by Dean Howell. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.


Fabio Da Silva takes a shot. Michel Kuipers makes a comfortable save.


The referee books Sergio Torres for unsporting behaviour. Rafael Da Silva goes off and Chris Smalling comes on. Sergio Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Anders Lindegaard restarts play with the free kick.


Ben Smith takes a shot. Darron Gibson gets a block in.


Gabriel Obertan sends in a cross, clearance made by Pablo Mills.


Wayne Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson.


The ball is crossed by William Gibson, clearance made by Wes Brown.


Ben Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Anders Lindegaard takes the indirect free kick.


The ball is delivered by Dean Howell.


John O'Shea challenges Matthew Tubbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.


The ball is crossed by Darron Gibson.


Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.


Javier Hernandez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Pablo Mills takes the free kick.


Oliveira Anderson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Dean Howell.


Shot from 20 yards by Darron Gibson. Save by Michel Kuipers.


Gabriel Obertan has a drilled shot. Michel Kuipers makes a brilliant save.


The ball is swung over by Darron Gibson, save made by Michel Kuipers.


Darron Gibson delivers the ball, Kyle McFadzean makes a clearance.


Darron Gibson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Dannie Bulman.


Effort from deep inside the area by Fabio Da Silva misses to the left of the goal.


David Hunt sends in a cross, John O'Shea makes a clearance.


Wes Brown grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Man Utd 1-0 Crawley Town.Assist by Darron Gibson.


Short corner worked by Darron Gibson.


Corner taken by Darron Gibson from the right by-line, Ben Smith makes a clearance.


Corner taken right-footed by Darron Gibson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Dannie Bulman.


Craig McAllister takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.


The ball is crossed by Tiago Bebe, Kyle McFadzean manages to make a clearance.


Foul by Javier Hernandez on David Hunt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Hunt.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Dannie Bulman. Direct free kick taken by Darron Gibson.


Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross, clearance by David Hunt.


The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Pablo Mills restarts play with the free kick.


Darron Gibson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Dean Howell.


Effort from outside the area by Ben Smith goes wide right of the goal.


The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Free kick taken by Michel Kuipers.


Centre by Gabriel Obertan.


Corner taken short by Oliveira Anderson.


Corner taken by Oliveira Anderson, clearance made by Kyle McFadzean.

Match Preview

Ferguson hopes for Rooney `burst' Sir Alex Ferguson is crossing his fingers Wayne Rooney's wonder goal in last week's derby will trigger a scoring burst for the Manchester United striker. Rooney has still only scored six times this season, although his ratio has improved since his first goal from open play, at West Brom on New Year's Day. However, given his magnificent overhead kick at Old Trafford has been labelled by some as the best goal ever at the stadium, Rooney's confidence is clearly going to be soaring. And, with a return to Champions League action in Marseille following immediately after the FA Cup clash with non-league Crawley, Ferguson is expecting big things from the 25-year-old. "Up until last season Wayne used to go on these scoring bursts," he reflected. "He used to do it in five or six games in a row and then go missing in terms of goals for a few games and then come back again. "I would be quite happy for him to go on a burst now because we have some really important games coming up." Rooney is highly unlikely to start against Crawley, with Javier Hernandez expected to get another chance to further his education after scoring the winner at Southampton in the previous round. Ferguson concedes Hernandez is a better substitute at present as he gets used to the sheer pace of the English game. "That is possibly true at this moment in time," said Ferguson. "Javier's training performances have improved tremendously in the last couple of months. His work-rate and practice ethic have been very good. "He comes in early and stays behind. He has done very well in that sense and is improving all the time. "He is a great impact player." Ferguson has pledged to play a similar strength side to the one he used at Southampton, which points towards the introduction of Gabriel Obertan and Bebe. Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans have been ruled out through injury, whilst Park Ji-sung is going to be sidelined until March thanks to a hamstring problem. It was anticipated Owen's season was in jeopardy. Now it transpires he could be fit to face Marseille, even if he will play no part on Saturday. "We could risk him but there's no point. He should be okay for Wednesday," Ferguson said. Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean will be hoping to prove a point to those who he claims let him down at the start of his career when he sets about shackling one of the most feared attacks in the country. McFadzean thought he was destined to spend the whole of his career at the club he supported as a child, Sheffield United, when he penned his first professional contract having come through the club's youth academy. The centre-half was given a squad number for the 2005/06 season, when the Blades won promotion to the Barclays Premier League, but did not play. Tragedy struck for the young defender, then 19, when one of his friends died after crashing into a bus on his way back from watching an England game. McFadzean admits he was left stunned by the accident but was also upset at how he claims the club treated him in the aftermath of the crash. "Two of my mates were in a car crash after a head-on collision with a bus and one of them died," he explained. "I spoke to United, asked them for they day off for the funeral and they didn't believe me so I just left." McFadzean refused to answer the club's calls and spent a few months out of the game, piling on three stone, before Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law handed the defender a new contract at the Conference North side after he proved his fitness. "I lost my love of the game but he helped me get it back, I owe everything to Nicky Law," McFadzean said. After three season at Alfreton, McFadzean was spotted by Crawley manager Steve Evans, who tabled a "substantial" bid for him that was accepted in August 2010. The 23-year-old has blossomed under Evans, making his way into the England C team, and playing all five of Crawley's FA Cup games on the way to securing a battle with the league leaders United. Bookmakers have made Crawley 35-1 to win the game against the 11-times cup winners, but McFadzean believes his side can pull off an upset. "It's unbelievable. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "I might not be able to play at Old Trafford again so we have to take our chances when they come. "Whatever team they put out it will be a good one but we have to go there thinking we can win. There's no point in going there expecting to get hammered is there?"

Formation:433Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Evans

Crawley Town

  • Anders Lindegaard
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Wes Brown
  • John O'Shea
  • Fabio Da Silva
  • Michael Carrick
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Darron Gibson
  • Tiago Bebe
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • SUBS
  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Chris Smalling
  • Darren Fletcher
  • Joshua King
  • Paul Pogba
  • Ryan Tunnicliffe



Match Report

Crawley run United close Crawley and their 9,000 travelling fans headed home with an aching sense of a chance missed as Wes Brown's first-half header proved enough to give Manchester United an unconvincing 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round win. A defiant display from the proud non-leaguers nearly gained its just reward when Richard Brodie guided a stoppage-time header against the bar. The hosts survived though, despite being so poor, ending the game with Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez occupying wide positions, either side of an ineffective Gabriel Obertan and an anonymous Bebe. Indeed, Rooney's frustrations bubbled over into a cynical lunge on Kyle McFadzean that earned the England striker a yellow card. It will be of no consolation to Crawley that Brown's header was a collector's item. His first goal since October 2008 and only his fifth in over 350 games for the Red Devils. The Blue Square Premier promotion contenders started brightly and grew in confidence as the contest went on, their valiant push for an equaliser gathering momentum with each passing minute. If it was not a surprise Brown was named in Ferguson's starting line-up, it was a shock he received the captain's armband ahead of central defensive partner John O'Shea. The 31-year-old has drifted out of the first-team picture since he featured in the 2008 Champions League final, to the extent this was only his 11th appearance of the season. Indeed, he was tipped to leave Old Trafford during last month's transfer window and given the performances of Chris Smalling this season, his future beyond the end of this season is uncertain to say the least. However, Brown can always be relied upon to give everything in the United cause. Goals have never been part of his repertoire. But with United's second-string outfit struggling to turn their possession into something more tangible, he led from the front. Darron Gibson had just picked out Javier Hernandez with an excellent pass that led to a corner. Gibson drifted the ball over from the left touchline, Brown leapt highest, and the faintest of touches took it past Michel Kuipers and into the bottom corner. The hosts should have doubled their lead before the interval. Gibson's defence-splitting pass to Fabio left the Brazilian to race through on Kuipers' goal. However, he prodded the ball with his right foot instead of shooting with his left and the end product rolled disappointingly wide of the target. A second goal would have been harsh on Crawley though. Their performances so far this season have led Ferguson to predict Crawley will be in the Football League next term. The money being thrown at the aim has not won favour with all their rivals, with plenty questioning exactly where it is coming from. However, this represented the biggest day in their history given Manchester United are on a different scale altogether. Had Ben Smith's 30-yard strike been on target, it might have given them a shock lead too. Unfortunately for the visitors, it dipped narrowly wide of a goal being manned by Anders Lindegaard, who was making his home debut. The introduction of Rooney at the break indicated Ferguson was not entirely satisfied with what had gone before. Chris Smalling's arrival in place of Rafael 10 minutes after the re-start was a statement of the dominance Crawley enjoyed in that period, even if O'Shea's stout defending kept them at arm's length. Rooney had barely touched the ball but eventually he advanced into a shooting position, even if he was unable to keep his 20-yard effort on target. By that point though, Crawley had realised there was nothing to fear and attacked in the same manner they will probably do against Southport on Tuesday. Hunt got on the end of Brodie's cross and flashed an effort just wide, then, aiming for the same goal Rooney found in such spectacular fashion seven days earlier, Matt Tubbs' overhead kick sailed narrowly over. There was one chance left, which Brodie was unable to take, failing to provide the perfect end to a dream day.