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James Morrison sends in a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic. James Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Marc-Antoine Fortune on for Youssouf Mulumbu. Unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the direct free kick.
Nemanja Vidic receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Nemanja Vidic on Somen Tchoyi, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
James Morrison delivers the ball.
Chris Brunt shown a yellow card. Chris Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Rooney. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
The ball is delivered by Peter Odemwingie.
A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt.
Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Darren Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
Fabio Da Silva is given a yellow card. Fabio Da Silva challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jerome Thomas.
Javier Hernandez receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Javier Hernandez on Paul Scharner, free kick awarded. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Javier Hernandez. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
Shot from long distance by Chris Brunt goes wide of the left-hand post.
Shot by Jerome Thomas. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
Javier Hernandez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marek Cech. Direct free kick taken by Marek Cech.
Graham Dorrans delivers the ball, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Thomas, Darren Fletcher makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Header on goal by Wayne Rooney from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Javier Hernandez finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Brom 1-2 Man Utd.Short corner taken by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line, The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, Graham Dorrans gets a block in. Corner taken by Oliveira Anderson, James Morrison manages to make a clearance. Effort from 18 yards by Michael Carrick. Save made by Scott Carson. Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney to the near post, assist on the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
Javier Hernandez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Somen Tchoyi. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Brunt. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Gary Neville goes off and Fabio Da Silva comes on.
Ibanez Pablo goes off and Somen Tchoyi comes on.
The referee penalises Darron Gibson for handball. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Jerome Thomas. Wayne Rooney delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
Foul by Gary Neville on Chris Brunt, free kick awarded. Marek Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Gianni Zuiverloon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Reid.
Rio Ferdinand gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Penalty taken by Peter Odemwingie and missed.
Gabriel Obertan leaves the field to be replaced by Darron Gibson. Dimitar Berbatov goes off and Javier Hernandez comes on.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, save made by Scott Carson.
The ball is swung over by Marek Cech.
Steven Reid fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Oliveira Anderson challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Reid takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 20 yards from Graham Dorrans. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic. Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line played to the near post, Header by Paul Scharner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Darren Fletcher on Steven Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney, clearance made by Ibanez Pablo.
Shot from just outside the box by Chris Brunt misses to the left of the target.
Nemanja Vidic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line played to the near post.
Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.
Graham Dorrans produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Ibanez Pablo gets a block in. Corner taken by Gabriel Obertan from the left by-line, Ibanez Pablo makes a clearance.
Gary Neville sends in a cross, clearance made by Ibanez Pablo.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Dimitar Berbatov challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Scharner restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Dimitar Berbatov, Ibanez Pablo makes a clearance.
Foul by Gabriel Obertan on Graham Dorrans, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.
The official flags Wayne Rooney offside. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Shot by Chris Brunt from outside the box goes over the net.
Darren Fletcher produces a cross, clearance made by Ibanez Pablo.
Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.
Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball.
James Morrison produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Marek Cech has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Chris Brunt. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by James Morrison from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Man Utd.
The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher.
James Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the left by-line, clearance by Nemanja Vidic. Chris Brunt produces a cross.
Shot by Chris Brunt. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand. Effort on goal by Youssouf Mulumbu from 25 yards. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
The ball is crossed by Graham Dorrans.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gabriel Obertan, clearance by Marek Cech.
Wayne Rooney scores a headed goal from close in. West Brom 0-1 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Patrice Evra.
Handball by Paul Scharner. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Paul Scharner is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
James Morrison takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
The game gets underway.
It is the end of the first-half.
The second half has started.
The match has reached full-time.
Defensive worries for Baggies
West Brom have a defensive crisis ahead of the home match against Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Gabriel Tamas and Gonzalo Jara are both suspended, while Jonas Olsson is back in training but has not recovered fully from his Achilles injury.
Gianni Zuiverloon has been recalled from a loan spell at Ipswich, though, and midfielder Chris Brunt will return to the team after serving a suspension.
Boss Roberto Di Matteo has said keeping his team in the top flight would be the greatest achievement of his career.
Di Matteo, who won 34 caps for Italy and scored the quickest ever cup final goal at the old Wembley stadium, believes maintaining Premier League status this season would eclipse those honours.
"It would be in top spot," he said.
"I would love to stay in the Premier League - it would be an absolute gift for everybody involved."
Sir Alex Ferguson may resist the temptation to draft Nani straight back into his United starting line-up.
The Portugal wing man has missed the Christmas programme so far due to a minor hip complaint and although he is now training, Ferguson is thinking about keeping him out until the clash with Stoke next Tuesday.
Darren Fletcher is amongst those expecting a recall at The Hawthorns as United look to secure only their second away win this season.
Fletcher is confident away-day draws will soon start turning into victories.
The Scot said: "We are confident we will turn these performances into wins and go on a winning run, which we will need to if we are going to win the league.
"We have played well at some hard places but have conceded late goals that have tainted good performances.
"It shows the concentration levels have to be there. There have been a lot of shock results in the Premier League, which proves you need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes."
Hernandez the hero for United
Javier Hernandez's 75th-minute header proved enough to seal a controversial 2-1 win for Manchester United at West Brom.
The Baggies will fume at referee Chris Foy's decision not to award a penalty and show a red card to Gary Neville for his first-half tackle on Graham Dorrans when the scores were level.
As it was, James Morrison's brilliant leveller to Wayne Rooney's first goal in open play since March counted for nothing once Peter Odemwingie had missed a second-half spot-kick.
An in-depth interview with Rooney had been broadcast on MUTV on Friday in which he emphasised his belief that his scoring drought would soon be over. And just three minutes into his first appearance of 2011 it was.
Gabriel Obertan laid the ball back for Patrice Evra, whose far post cross dropped towards Rooney. The England striker stooped slightly before guiding the ball past Scott Carson and into the net.
Morrison was particularly impressive as West Brom continued to push forward. And when Nemanja Vidic nodded the ball at the youngster under pressure from Odemwingie, he let fly with a thunderbolt strike from 25 yards that gave Tomasz Kuszczak no chance as it flew into the top corner.
The visitors could count themselves exceptionally fortunate to get away unscathed when Neville lunged in on Dorrans as the Baggies midfielder bore down on Kuszczak.
Neville got nowhere near the ball as Dorrans went down but referee Foy inexplicably failed to award the spot kick that would also have brought an automatic red card.
As the hour mark ticked past, Sir Alex Ferguson made a double change, introducing Darron Gibson and Hernandez for Obertan and a very below-par Berbatov.
Within seconds though, United were having to face a penalty as Jerome Thomas cut inside Rio Ferdinand and went over the England skipper's trailing leg.
Odemwingie strode up confidently enough but his spot-kick was a shocker as it rolled harmlessly wide.
Steven Reid, only just back from injury, hobbled off and was replaced by Gianni Zuiverloon.
Somen Tchoyi replaced Pablo Ibanez with 19 minutes to go. At the same time, Neville made way for Fabio.
Soon it was United's turn to be furious with Foy, who did not see Thomas sticking his elbow out to block Fabio's cross.
It was not long before the visitors were cheering though as Hernandez wriggled his way into space inside the Baggies six-yard box and steered home Rooney's corner.
Rooney then went close when he got on the end of Fletcher's cross before another dangerous run from Thomas looked like ending in an equaliser until Vidic stuck out a boot to turn the goalbound shot away.
Brunt was then booked for a rash tackle on Rooney, which left the England man in obvious pain and, although he insisted on coming back into the fray after he had originally elected to come off and though badly limping, he helped secure a precious win.
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