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Jonas Olsson fouled by Javier Hernandez, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Javier Hernandez crosses the ball.
Graham Dorrans is brought on as a substitute for James Morrison.
Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Rafael Da Silva on Paul Scharner, free kick awarded. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by James Morrison.
Free kick taken by Luis Nani.
Booking for Scott Carson.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Roman Bednar coming on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Centre by Javier Hernandez.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Paul Scholes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Carrick. Wayne Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson.
Shot from outside the area by Javier Hernandez misses to the left of the goal.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
Jerome Thomas replaces Somen Tchoyi.
Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by James Morrison. Luis Nani produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a comfortable save.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Darron Gibson is booked. Darron Gibson concedes a free kick for a foul on Somen Tchoyi. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Luis Nani. Luis Nani crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Scott Carson.
Somen Tchoyi finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-2 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Chris Brunt.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
Patrice Evra puts the ball into his own goal. Man Utd 2-1 West Brom.Assist by Chris Brunt.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Somen Tchoyi. Chris Brunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.
The referee penalises Somen Tchoyi for handball. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
Header from inside the area by Nemanja Vidic bounces off the post.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Gonzalo Jara.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
Luis Nani takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Darron Gibson is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Giggs. Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Javier Hernandez, free kick awarded. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
Dimitar Berbatov challenges James Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gabriel Tamas takes the direct free kick.
Nicky Shorey goes into the book. Nicky Shorey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Nicky Shorey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Michael Carrick.
Effort from outside the box by James Morrison goes wide right of the target.
Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Gabriel Tamas misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by James Morrison played to the near post.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Dimitar Berbatov.
Chris Brunt produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
Michael Carrick crosses the ball, Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Rafael Da Silva, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Javier Hernandez goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Rafael Da Silva, Javier Hernandez produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Luis Nani delivers the ball.
Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded. Ryan Giggs has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Somen Tchoyi. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from right wing, A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Jonas Olsson misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Patrice Evra on Somen Tchoyi, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jonas Olsson misses to the right of the target.
Dimitar Berbatov has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
James Morrison takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.
Javier Hernandez finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Brom.Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Tamas on Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Luis Nani, Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Shot from 30 yards from Luis Nani. Save made by Scott Carson. The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
Javier Hernandez grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Brom.Unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Gabriel Tamas results in a free kick. Luis Nani restarts play with the free kick, Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Effort from 30 yards by Luis Nani. Save by Scott Carson. The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
A goal is scored by Javier Hernandez from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Brom.Gabriel Tamas concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Luis Nani restarts play with the free kick, Javier Hernandez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Luis Nani takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save. Assist by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Somen Tchoyi by Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by James Morrison.
Marc-Antoine Fortune is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The half-time whistle blows.
The second half has started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Ferguson brushes off Rooney comments
Sir Alex Ferguson has opted to sidestep a confrontation with Wayne Rooney - and turn his sights on renowned knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman instead.
As Ferguson again scrapped his general Friday press conference, only a very limited number of people got to ask for his assessment of Rooney's declaration this week that he has not been suffering from an ankle injury, which his manager cited as the reason for his omission against Valencia and Sunderland prior to the international break.
And while Rooney's statement has been interpreted by most outsiders as a challenge to Ferguson's authority, the Red Devils chief certainly had no intention of being drawn into a wider conversation.
As Ferguson is scheduled to face the media on Tuesday before the Champions League encounter with Bursaspor, he will presumably expect more persistent questioning then.
For now, he is dealing with the matter on his terms only.
"It is water off a duck's back to me," Ferguson told Key103.
"I don't know where all these things come from. He is always in the spotlight and being discussed by the press. It is important how you handle it in my experience.
"But it just runs off me. It doesn't mean anything."
Of more irritation was Steadman's declaration on Wednesday that Owen Hargreaves would make his comeback in the Premier League clash with West Brom.
Ferguson has always praised Steadman's ability at rescuing players whose careers appear to be in jeopardy.
United were happy to let Steadman treat Hargreaves for an extended period after the operations on both knees in October 2008 that were geared towards some kind of a recovery from the tendinitis problem that has plagued his since before an #18million move from Bayern Munich three years ago.
Ferguson even sent Hargreaves back to Steadman for more rehabilitation work this summer when the 29-year-old suffered a setback in pre-season training.
However, as the midfielder approaches a comeback many view as his final chance of continuing his career, Ferguson has found it rather less welcome that Steadman's opinions have strayed away from medicine and to the football field.
"We are having difficulty with the doctor in Colorado coming out with statements that are not accurate," said Ferguson.
"It is not fair to the player for him to say Owen is going to be playing tomorrow.
"It is ridiculous. I pick the team and I have been doing it for quite a while.
"We have this small interference, which is causing some confusion.
"Owen is not ready. He is out with a calf injury."
Ryan Giggs is ready to return from a hamstring injury to give Ferguson a few more options.
West Brom could be without Premier League player of the month Peter Odemwingie at Old Trafford.
Striker Odemwingie is struggling to recover from a knee strain, sustained during the Baggies' 1-1 draw against Bolton.
Midfielder Jerome Thomas is also a doubt, having missed the Bolton match with a calf injury.
Head coach Roberto Di Matteo reported that all of his players involved in international matches have returned unscathed.
United held as Rooney watches on
Sir Alex Ferguson dumped Wayne Rooney to the bench, then saw his side throw away another two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against West Brom as Manchester United's season lurches from one crisis to another.
The Red Devils' title challenge is in danger of disintegrating before the onset of winter after a calamitous mistake from Edwin van der Sar allowed Somen Tchoyi to complete a staggering comeback.
Javier Hernandez and Nani appeared to have put the hosts on the road to victory with their first-half strikes, only for Patrice Evra's bizarre own goal to provide West Brom with their window of opportunity.
Yet the biggest story was perhaps that Rooney sat through all the drama on the bench, the cover of injury he himself had removed no longer available to explain an absence that was the culmination of an awful six months.
Even when he came on with 19 minutes left, it was not as a central striker, although he did have United's best chance of a winner, which was turned away by James Morrison.
If Rooney really was challenging Ferguson's authority with his midweek revelation that he has not been suffering from an ankle injury, there are a long list of players who could be used as proof of who wins such battles at Manchester United.
David Beckham, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy have all been bundled out of the club after Ferguson deemed there was no point having them around and there is no reason to presume Rooney would be any different if the manager felt he no longer had use for him.
There was no obvious fitness reason for Rooney's exclusion given he completed the full 90 minutes for England. This time, the only conclusion to draw would be poor form was the determining factor.
The long-term repercussions will be interesting to say the least.
Ferguson's decision to put Darron Gibson on as Ryan Giggs' replacement when the Welshman limped off five minutes before the break suggested there will be no easy way back for Rooney, who celebrates his 25th birthday later this month.
The United manager is far too experienced to require justification for any of his actions. He got it anyway on his side's first real attack.
West Brom might have been aggrieved when Morrison was ruled to have fouled Hernandez on the edge of the area. Much of the punishment was self-inflicted.
Nani's dipping free-kick was difficult to deal with. But Scott Carson should have done far better than merely parry the ball into Hernandez's path.
With no defender accompanying him into the box, the Mexican gleefully tapped home his third goal of the season - two more than Rooney, whose only Premier League effort came against West Ham in August.
The hosts wasted at least three decent chances to double their lead, which meant that Rafael's intervention as Chris Brunt waited to tap home Marc-Antoine Fortune's far-post cross was crucial in keeping their noses in front.
Relief came courtesy of Nani, who capitalised on Nicky Shorey's untimely slip, darted to the edge of the box, then kept going to thrash Dimitar Berbatov's astute return pass into the corner.
Through it all, Rooney remained impassive on the bench, wondering whether he would get a chance to restore his own confidence after an alarming slump which began with the ankle injury he suffered at Bayern Munich in March.
United threatened to score again at regular intervals, although West Brom, winners at Arsenal a fortnight ago, retained an attacking intent that would not pay dividends until after the break.
Given all the attention that had been focussed on the #27million sharpshooter, it was almost forgotten how abysmal United's defending has been at times this season.
Two goal leads had already been thrown away against Everton and Liverpool this season, and Fulham gifted a late equaliser at Craven Cottage.
Yet to see United's advantage wiped out in a six-minute second-half spell was still a shock.
West Brom's first was bizarre and came courtesy of two deflections - off Anderson and Patrice Evra - that took a Brunt free-kick past Van der Sar at the near post.
The second was all Van der Sar's fault as he inexplicably dropped Brunt's steepling cross to present Tchoyi with a tap-in as unexpected as it was gleefully accepted.
Rooney - together with Paul Scholes - were given 19 minutes to save United, although he was asked to do it from the left wing as Ferguson went for broke.
The United striker had one chance, which Morrison diverted away as West Brom clung on.
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