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Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey, save by David De Gea.
Phil Jones sends in a cross, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken short by Ashley Young.
Shot from just outside the box by Paul Pogba misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Phil Jones, Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Phil Jones.
Javier Hernandez produces a cross, Ashley Young has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea. Corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line, clearance by Paul Pogba.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Shane Long. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Cleverley.
Marc-Antoine Fortune goes off and Shane Long comes on. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Tom Cleverley coming on for Danny Welbeck.
Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Phil Jones sends in a cross, blocked by Nicky Shorey.
Keith Andrews concedes a Penalty for a foul on Ashley Young. Wayne Rooney scores a placed penalty. Man Utd 2-0 West Brom.Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal. Nicky Shorey is brought on as a substitute for Chris Brunt. Paul Scharner is brought on as a substitute for Keith Andrews. Paul Scholes goes off and Paul Pogba comes on.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley. Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Jonas Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. The referee shows Jonas Olsson a red card for second bookable offence. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Scholes takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, save made by Ben Foster.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Gareth McAuley gets a block in. Corner taken by Ashley Young played to the near post, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Shot from 35 yards by Gabriel Tamas. Save made by David De Gea.
Danny Welbeck produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on James Morrison. Gabriel Tamas takes the direct free kick.
Phil Jones delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster.
Phil Jones produces a cross, save by Ben Foster.
The official flags Marc-Antoine Fortune offside. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from the edge of the area striking the post. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line. Shot by Wayne Rooney. Save by Ben Foster.
Patrice Evra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Olsson on Wayne Rooney. Jonas Olsson goes into the referee's book. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Brunt delivers the ball, blocked by Phil Jones. James Morrison takes the inswinging corner, Danny Welbeck manages to make a clearance.
Phil Jones challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, clearance by Keith Andrews. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, clearance made by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Chris Brunt challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Marc-Antoine Fortune is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in. The offside flag is raised against Patrice Evra. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Phil Jones delivers the ball, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Danny Welbeck, clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
Danny Welbeck fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young sends in a cross, Close range headed effort by Phil Jones misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Gabriel Tamas. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 West Brom.Assist by Javier Hernandez.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Young, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 6 yards. Comfortable save by Ben Foster.
The referee blows for offside against Javier Hernandez. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
Short corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, The ball is crossed by Michael Carrick, blocked by Gabriel Tamas. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Danny Welbeck produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, clearance by Gareth McAuley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Marc-Antoine Fortune. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Jonathan Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt. Shot from 25 yards by Keith Andrews. Save by David De Gea. James Morrison takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Liam Ridgewell misses to the right of the goal.
Patrice Evra fouled by Peter Odemwingie, the ref awards a free kick. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by Keith Andrews. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Paul Scholes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt. A cross is delivered by Jonas Olsson, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance. Shot on goal by James Morrison from just inside the area goes over the target.
Foul by James Morrison on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young, Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
Centre by Liam Ridgewell, Keith Andrews has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Ashley Young takes the inswinging corner, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.
Ashley Young sends in a cross, blocked by Youssouf Mulumbu.
Fergie rates Hodgson despite Liverpool failure
Sir Alex Ferguson will not allow one bad spell at Liverpool to cloud his judgement of Roy Hodgson.
Appointed as Liverpool manager in the summer of 2010 as Rafael Benitez's replacement, Hodgson presided over a disastrous six-month period in the Merseyside giants' history.
In the end he was turfed out to make way for the return of Kenny Dalglish.
Hodgson was not out of the game for long though.
It was to the Londoner that West Brom turned to drag them out of the relegation mire, a task he completed with something to spare.
And when Hodgson brings his team to Manchester United on Sunday, he will do so on the back of a victory over Chelsea that proved to be one defeat too many for Andre Villas-Boas.
"Roy couldn't win at Anfield," said Ferguson.
"Sometimes the timing is bad for certain jobs and that was bad timing for him.
"But you cannot dispute his credibility, his ability and the career he has had."
In fact, meetings with West Brom lately should come with a warning sign attached.
Mick McCarthy was dumped by Wolves after they were battered by their Black Country rivals.
Ferguson has none of those concerns. However, he has taken enough notice of recent results to be very wary of a side who were the only ones to get away from Old Trafford with any Barclays Premier League points last term.
"West Brom are in a bit of good form just now," said the Scot.
"They've won their last three, scored five against Wolves and beat Chelsea last weekend.
"We respect that. Roy Hodgson always has his teams well organised and it will be the same this time.
"But we are at home and we expect to win our home games."
Most United fans would expect their team to win the next eight matches given they are against teams who either are or have recently been in the bottom half of the table.
Given Blackburn won at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve, nothing can be taken for granted.
However, after his own side continued their own impressive sequence of results by beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend, Ferguson will be stressing how important it is to keep up the pressure on leaders Manchester City.
"The players know the challenge they face," he said.
"After the result last week against Spurs, this is an opportunity to kick on."
Chris Smalling will almost certainly be ruled out after the head wound he suffered on England duty opened up again.
Rio Ferdinand would have returned anyway to bring some experience to a defence that was badly exposed by Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night.
Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick should earn recalls in central midfield too which will strengthen United still further, whilst Danny Welbeck is set to get the opportunity to build on a superb campaign.
Meanwhile, Baggies boss Hodgson believes his team can become established in the Premier League in the same way as Stoke and Fulham without having to spend vast amounts of money.
Hodgson feels Albion have started to "come of age" as a top-flight club as a result of their shock win over Chelsea last weekend, and they will aim to cause another upset against United.
But he is also guarding against complacency after a third successive victory moved West Brom 13 points clear of the relegation zone as they look to secure Premier League football for third straight season.
Hodgson said: "I think the way the club is run is very good. There is a lot for this club to be proud of.
"Having a common-sense approach, and knowing where you are as a club, and what is realistic for you to achieve within your budget, that is commendable.
"We see so many examples of teams that try very hard to go beyond what is reasonable and achievable for them and it has ended in enormous tears.
"It is not going to end in tears at this club because financially we are well run and very viable as well.
"Can we become the next Stoke or Fulham? I think we can do that within the remit that we've been working on anyway.
"It doesn't necessarily mean this club would do that much better if someone was to suddenly put #200million in the kitty. It is not as simple as that."
Defender Steven Reid will be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with his ankle injury, while winger Jerome Thomas is also ruled out.
Skipper Chris Brunt is in contention to start for the first time in two months after recovering from his broken foot.
Rooney double sends United top
Wayne Rooney's double swept Manchester United to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time this year as West Brom were brushed aside 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Rooney took his seasonal tally in the league to 25 with a goal either side of the interval as United took advantage of Manchester City's shock defeat at Swansea to assume that familiar position at the head of affairs on the title run-in.
And with United at relegation-haunted Wolves next Sunday, City could find themselves four points adrift before they take to the field again, against resurgent Chelsea, at the Etihad Stadium on March 21.
That it could turn out to be such a pivotal day should not come as a surprise.
Since United won at Tottenham a week ago, the battle to be champions has been condensed into who wins the derby on April 30, with the eight games in between largely an irrelevance.
However, the traps that have to be negotiated on the path to glory are not insignificant as United, even with all their experience, so nearly found out and City did.
The Old Trafford outfit were still trying to adjust to a line-up with only one conventional winger in Ashley Young when Keith Andrews slid in to reach Liam Ridgewell's low left-wing cross.
It seemed the Irishman was sure to score. Instead, he prodded his effort wide.
Then, when Chris Brunt had touched a 30-yard free-kick into his path, Andrew let fly with a thunderous shot that would have found the bottom corner had David de Gea, not for the first time in recent games, not made a fine, full-length save.
It was the cue for Sir Alex Ferguson's side to awake from their slumber and Young to have an impact.
If Nani is going to be out for a few weeks as pre-match rumours suggested, Young is going to be a key man and needs to find the form he produced in his first few weeks as a United player.
Together with skipper Patrice Evra, Young tormented the right side of West Brom's defence.
The former Aston Villa man had a shot beaten away by Ben Foster, then ran on to Danny Welbeck's back-heeled through ball before cutting a cute cross back into the box which Jonas Olsson managed to scramble away.
When United's opener came, it was a wonder Young was not involved.
The Premier League could have been forgiven a sharp intake of breath as Foster immediately appealed for offside as Rooney touched home Javier Hernandez's cross from what did appear to be an illegal position.
After what went on at Bolton yesterday, further controversy was the last thing they needed.
Happily, in this instance, TV replays showed the officials had got it absolutely spot on as Rooney timed his run to perfection before netting for the fourth time in a week.
Peter Odemwingie had been a subdued presence during the opening period.
But when he went over Evra's half-hearted challenge, he was convinced West Brom should have had a penalty. He might have been right too, as Evra did not play the ball and dangled a leg out for the striker to fall on.
It was another of those fortunate moments United make a habit of capitalising on.
This time, they could not do it as Hernandez drove a shot against a post, Rooney's overhead kick went straight to Foster and, most startlingly of all, Welbeck slid his shot wide of an open goal after the entire West Brom defence, including their goalkeeper, had got caught out by Scholes' inspired long pass.
Booked at the start of the second period for a foul on Rooney, Olsson brought his afternoon to an early conclusion when he was beaten to Welbeck's pass by Hernandez and chopped the Mexican down instead.
Within five minutes, the hosts had their second, Rooney again the scorer, slotting home a clinical penalty after Andrews had fouled Young.
Among the plethora of substitutions that followed came Paul Pogba's for Scholes, which tends to shoot down suggestions that the teenage Frenchman has agreed to join Juventus in the summer.
Young and Hernandez both wasted chances to reduce the goal difference advantage City have in their favour at present.
However, it may not come down to that. And at Molineux next Sunday, it will hardly please under-fire Wolves boss Terry Connor to know United could really turn the screw.
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