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  • Date:14 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:The Hawthorns
  • Attendance:25,360
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  • Rooney (12) Steven Reid - og (80)
Goal!

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92:33 +2.33

Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Olsson. Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free kick.

91:25 +1.25

Booking for Simon Cox for unsporting behaviour.

90:55 +0.55

Simon Cox takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Rooney.

89:57

Effort on goal by Gabriel Tamas from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

89:07

Tom Cleverley fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.

88:33

Chris Brunt takes a shot. David De Gea makes a comfortable save.

86:54

Simon Cox replaces Shane Long.

85:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Shane Long. Paul Scharner challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Paul Scharner for unsporting behaviour. Oliveira Anderson takes the indirect free kick. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.

84:23

Gonzalo Jara Reyes comes on in place of Steven Reid.

84:00

Shot from inside the area by Somen Tchoyi clears the bar.

81:43

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young.

81:43

Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal.

80:50

Steven Reid scores an own goal from 12 yards. West Brom 1-2 Man Utd.

79:37

Oliveira Anderson goes into the referee's book.

78:27

Foul by Shane Long on David De Gea, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David De Gea.

77:50

Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

76:41

Tom Cleverley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, save made by David De Gea.

76:31

Centre by Somen Tchoyi.

74:01

Luis Nani handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Rio Ferdinand leaves the field to be replaced by Phil Jones. James Morrison sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.

73:49

The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Luis Nani gets a block in.

71:04

Somen Tchoyi handles the ball and concedes a free kick. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.

70:40

Somen Tchoyi sends in a cross, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

70:24

Luis Nani takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.

69:28

Fabio Da Silva produces a cross, Luis Nani has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.

68:53

Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Evans. Free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.

67:59

Effort from just outside the area by Ashley Young goes over the target.

67:34

The ball is delivered by Ashley Young.

67:10

Dimitar Berbatov sends in a cross, Steven Reid makes a clearance.

66:19

Shot by Ashley Young. Paul Scharner gets a block in.

65:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Rio Ferdinand. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.

64:21

Dimitar Berbatov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Welbeck.

63:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Ashley Young. Luis Nani crosses the ball in from the free kick.

62:08

Ashley Young fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.

61:57

Somen Tchoyi produces a cross, comfortable save by David De Gea.

59:35

Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball.

57:42

James Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley. Luis Nani crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.

56:42

Youssouf Mulumbu challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.

55:11

Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ashley Young is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

54:44

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line played to the near post, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.

52:30

Ashley Young fouled by Gabriel Tamas, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Wayne Rooney misses to the right of the target.

51:06

Jonathan Evans on for Nemanja Vidic.

46:48

Corner taken by Ashley Young played to the near post, Foul by Danny Welbeck on Steven Reid, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

45:07 +0.07

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young.

43:43

Somen Tchoyi crosses the ball, save by David De Gea. Paul Scharner delivers the ball.

42:57

Effort on goal by Chris Brunt from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

42:48

The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt, clearance by Fabio Da Silva.

41:31

Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.

40:32

Foul by Tom Cleverley on Paul Scharner, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.

39:53

Jonas Olsson produces a cross.

38:31

Steven Reid challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Steven Reid. Ashley Young crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, Ben Foster makes a save.

36:16

Shane Long grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Man Utd.Chris Brunt provided the assist for the goal.

35:34

The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

35:00

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt to the near post, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

34:35

Paul Scharner takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by David De Gea.

33:26

The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva.

33:07

Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.

33:00

The ball is delivered by Tom Cleverley.

32:04

The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, James Morrison makes a clearance.

31:39

The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, Chris Brunt makes a clearance.

30:28

The ball is swung over by Tom Cleverley, Steven Reid makes a clearance.

29:09

Shane Long is caught offside. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

28:21

Effort from deep inside the area by Luis Nani clears the bar.

27:52

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Ben Foster.

27:45

The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, Chris Brunt gets a block in.

26:11

Shane Long produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

24:35

Foul by Oliveira Anderson on James Morrison, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt.

23:57

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt to the near post, Luis Nani manages to make a clearance.

23:42

Somen Tchoyi sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

23:25

Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

22:24

Fabio Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. The ball is delivered by Chris Brunt, Steven Reid takes a shot. Fabio Da Silva gets a block in.

21:40

Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

20:21

Ashley Young produces a cross, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.

20:09

The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.

19:17

Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Da Silva. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.

16:17

James Morrison has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:48

Shot from just outside the box by Wayne Rooney misses to the right of the goal.

12:20

Wayne Rooney grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.

10:46

Jonas Olsson challenges Nemanja Vidic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David De Gea.

10:13

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the left by-line, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

9:02

Corner taken by Chris Brunt, drilled left-footed shot by Somen Tchoyi. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

8:34

Unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt from right channel, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.

7:20

Paul Scharner produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide left of the goal.

5:33

Foul by Oliveira Anderson on Somen Tchoyi, free kick awarded. James Morrison delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Wayne Rooney manages to make a clearance.

3:34

Oliveira Anderson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Ben Foster.

2:24

Luis Nani delivers the ball, Steven Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young, Ben Foster makes a save.

1:37

Corner taken by Oliveira Anderson played to the near post, Somen Tchoyi makes a clearance.

1:15

Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Brunt.

1:01

Ashley Young sends in a cross, blocked by Chris Brunt.

Match Preview

Fergie has faith in De Gea Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed David de Gea will be in goal for Manchester United's Premier League opener at West Brom on Sunday. De Gea has been chosen to fill the vacancy created by Edwin van der Sar's retirement despite what many felt was a shaky performance in last weekend's Community Shield encounter with Manchester City. It is not a view Ferguson shares. Although the United boss accepts De Gea got his footwork wrong for Edin Dzeko's second goal, he absolved the former Atletico Madrid man of any blame for the opener, even though it was suggested he should have punched David Silva's inswinging free-kick away from danger. "When free-kicks come in and defenders are converging, the goalkeeper has no chance," said Ferguson. "The delivery was so good. "It was interesting there was no criticism of Joe Hart for our first goal, yet it was exactly the same type of goal. "All it needs is a fraction of a touch and the goalkeeper is dead. If he comes for it, he ends up looking silly. "De Gea will be fine. He will play on Sunday. That is the reason we spent #18million on him." Ferguson reported the 20-year-old has made rapid progress with his English lessons and said goalkeeping coach Eric Steele is confident there will be no communication problems at The Hawthorns. Patrice Evra is a major doubt to face Albion having been forced out of the Community Shield triumph with a knee injury, while he was not fit enough to play in France's midweek friendly with Chile. Darren Fletcher (virus) and Antonio Valencia are pencilled in for reserve-team appearances on Monday, while Javier Hernandez (concussion) is sidelined for another fortnight. United go into their opening fixture buoyed not only by their superb comeback at Wembley but the performances of so many young players. Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones are amongst those who will hope to play some part, while Ferguson also has high hopes for some even younger members of the United playing staff. Teenage French midfielder Paul Pogba leads that group, helping to explain why United are not pursuing any interest in Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder. The Inter Milan star is available and apparently wants to join United. However, his personal demands have proved prohibitive and despite suggestions Sneijder was close to sealing a move away from Serie A, Ferguson insists he is not interested. "I have been saying it for weeks," he said. "Everyone has been writing differently. We are just carrying on with our business. "You can forget anyone you like. I am happy with the young players I have got." Speaking ahead of the visit of the league champions, West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has urged Albion to avoid becoming the latest victims of `second-season syndrome` in the Premier League. Head coach Hodgson knows the expectation levels have been raised after 20 points in 12 games following his arrival in February saw Albion finish 11th in their first campaign back in the top flight. But he is well aware of clubs failing to build on their initial taste of the Premier League. Hodgson said: "When you finish a season well, as we did, you are concerned about whether you can start where you left off. "Sometimes when things are going badly at the end of a season, you are pleased to see the end of it so you can start afresh. "We did have a very good run, only lost two of the last 12 league games which is a good record for any Premier League team. "We moved quite a few places up the table. As a result we have made a rod for our own back to some extent. "People will expect more of us than had we avoided relegation on goal difference. "But I can't stop preaching the most important thing is our second year in the Premier League - and everyone knows that is notoriously the most dangerous year after being promoted." Hodgson added: "We have got to work very hard to make sure we stay in this league, continue to become a solid, reliable team and club and can then hope to build continually on a platform of success. "I don't really mind where we finish at this moment in time. "I'd like, of course, to finish as high as possible but if we are still in the Premier League, I'll be pretty pleased." New signing Shane Long is poised to make his Baggies debut but forward partner Peter Odemwingie is struggling to overcome an ankle injury sustained in a friendly at Bristol City. Right back Steven Reid (calf) and Youssouf Mulumbu (abdominal strain) are available after injury but summer signing, defender Gareth McAuley, is ruled out through illness. end

Formation:4411Manager: Roy Hodgson

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Formation: 442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

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  • Steven Reid
  • Gabriel Tamas
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Nicky Shorey
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  • Paul Scharner
  • Youssouf Mulumbu
  • James Morrison
  • Somen Tchoyi
  • Shane Long
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  • Craig Dawson
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Match Report

De Gea off the hook as United edge Albion David de Gea endured a nightmare debut. Manchester United lost both their centre-halves. Yet somehow the champions still managed to start their Premier League title defence with a 2-1 victory at West Brom. Steven Reid deflected Ashley Young`s effort past Ben Foster 10 minutes from time to ensure United did not follow Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in failing to win their opening match. Yet on the journey back up the M6, Sir Alex Ferguson's mind will be full of problems. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand will need to be assessed for the calf and hamstring problems that heralded their second-half departures. And Ferguson will need to find some confidence for De Gea, in addition to a crash course in dealing with crosses, the Spaniard's inexplicable error in gifting Shane Long an equaliser to Wayne Rooney's 12th-minute opener, setting the seal on what turned his Premier League debut into a personal disaster. The questions that were asked of De Gea in the wake of last week's Community Shield thriller were all batted back by Ferguson. After spending so much money on the 20-year-old, clearly, the United boss had to build the youngster's confidence. However, there are some occasions when no defence is enough. And this was one. United's defenders, already on edge due to De Gea's failure to impose himself during aerial combat, thought they had kept West Brom at arm's length as Chris Brunt pushed the ball out to Long on the corner of the box. It took a little shimmy inside Chris Smalling to create the space for Long to let fly with a shot for the far corner. De Gea had the angle covered. On TV at half-time, Gary Neville described it as "a routine save". Inexplicably, he dived right over the top of it. As the ball squirmed under his body and hit the net, Ferguson's heart must have sank. It took him six years to find a replacement when Peter Schmeichel quit in 1999. The spectre will hang over him until such time as De Gea, his present deputy Anders Lindegaard, or anyone else, proves worthy of inheriting Edwin van der Sar's legacy. As nervousness spread through the United defence like wildfire, Brunt crashed a shot over and De Gea desperately clawed a deflected Soren Tchoyi cross from underneath the bar as West Brom tried to make the most of their unexpected opening. It had all looked so unlikely too. Apart from brief flurries from the home side, during which time Tchoyi was a particular handful, United were in complete control. Ferguson's decision to select Tom Cleverley ahead of Michael Carrick in central midfield had been vindicated by the youngster's mature performance. Ashley Young's final ball might have been slightly askew but such was the regularity with which he got past Steven Reid that goals appeared inevitable. Nani wasted two glorious chances to double Rooney's 12th-minute opener, which in itself was an object lesson in simplicity. The visitors came cruising out of their own half, Young laid a pass into the path of his England team-mate, who calmly stroked home from 20 yards. Struggling with a calf injury since the opening minutes, Vidic eventually gave way just after half-time. With Patrice Evra sidelined by a knee problem and Rafael ruled out for 10 weeks after dislocating his shoulder in training, what had appeared such a rosy picture for United had changed completely in a matter of days. Rooney came agonisingly close to putting a rather healthier gloss on things when he flicked Young's cross narrowly wide. A more powerful header from the England striker hit Gabriel Tamas at close range. After Nani's free-kick had bounced straight through the West Brom box, Ferguson introduced record signing Dimitar Berbatov for Danny Welbeck. The Bulgarian gave the home defence a different kind of problem to solve, although the early signs were encouraging for West Brom as neither Young nor Nani were able to locate the target from long-range. To compound United's injury problems, Ferdinand limped off with a hamstring injury. Phil Jones was introduced, leaving them with one of the most inexperienced defences Ferguson could have ever had in a Premier League game. Still the visitors pushed forward. And when Young cut a cross back into the six-yard box, the unfortunate Reid deflected it past Foster. It was typical United. And though West Brom pushed forward gallantly at the end, the visitors held firm, allowing De Gea to breath again. end

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  • 27/01/2009
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