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  • Date:2010-01-23
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:73933
  • Referee:Bennett, S

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

There are five minutes of added time.

90mins

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

89mins

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.

87mins

Patrice Evra is replaced by Fabio Da Silva.

85mins

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

82mins

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.

81mins

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.

79mins

Craig Fagan is booked

79mins

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

77mins

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

76mins

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

75mins

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

74mins

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

73mins

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

72mins

Dimitar Berbatov replaces Michael Owen.

72mins

Darron Gibson comes on for Paul Scholes.

70mins

Richard Garcia makes way for Kamel Ghilas.

69mins

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

67mins

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

66mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

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

61mins

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

59mins

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

58mins

Nicky Barmby makes way for Bernard Mendy.

56mins

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

55mins

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

53mins

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

52mins

Hull get the ball behind for another corner.

52mins

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

51mins

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

51mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

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.

46mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

The whistle goes for half-time.

45mins

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

45mins

There will be two minutes of added time.

44mins

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

42mins

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

40mins

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

39mins

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

36mins

The corner comes to nothing.

36mins

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

34mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

28mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

19mins

United have another corner thanks to Nani.

18mins

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

17mins

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

16mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

Nani has a shot which flies over the bar.

10mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

7mins

Nani's cross is deflected for another corner.

6mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

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

1mins

The game is underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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

Match Preview

Manchester United could go to the top of the Premier League table with a win over Hull City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Red Devils are hoping there can be a silver lining in the cloud of an early FA Cup exit as they are in league action this weekend while main title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal take part in fourth round ties.

However, United are hardly full of confidence as they prepare to face the Tigers.

Tuesday's 2-1 Carling Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Manchester City when Sir Alex Ferguson named arguably his strongest available side only sought to highlight the problems of the Old Trafford club this season.

Up front and Wayne Rooney aside, they looked toothless compared to recent seasons, while at the back the central defensive partnership of Jonny Evans and Wes Brown is not the most solid of bases.

Nemanja Vidic is likely to return from his ankle problem but Rio Ferdinand (back) and John O'Shea (thigh) will again play no part.

Dimitar Berbatov continues to hampered by a long-running knee problem but showed his worth to United with a game changing opening goal in last weekend's 3-0 success over Burnley.

Meanwhile, Hull arrive in Manchester with their tails up following last weekend's battling point at Tottenham.

Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was in inspirational form as he kept in the in-form north London club at bay in a goalless draw with a strong of top-class saves.

Back-to-back draws have lifted Phil Brown's side but they remain in the relegation places after winning just four games in the league all season and none away from the KC Stadium.

The 3-1 home defeat at the hands of United on December 27 when Rooney, Berbatov and an Andy Dawson own goal wrapped up three straightforward points for the champions highlighted their own shortcomings.

Hull have also never won a league game at Old Trafford with a dismal record dating all the way back to 1905.


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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.

Manchester United

Hull City

Corners

128

Fouls

610

Goal attempts

Shots off target

103

Offsides

23

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