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  • Date:05 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:28,811
  • Elokobi (9)
    Doyle (39)
  • Nani (2)

Live Commentary

94:06 +4.06

Nemanja Vidic challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Karl Henry.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nenad Milijas. Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Karl Henry takes the free kick.


Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.


Paul Scholes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. The referee gives a free kick against Paul Scholes for handball. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line.


Paul Scholes has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Richard Stearman gets a block in.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Doyle. Indirect free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.


The referee gives a free kick against Rafael Da Silva for handball. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.


Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Matthew Jarvis makes a clearance.


Wayne Rooney produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Christophe Berra.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Chris Smalling. Chris Smalling restarts play with the free kick.


Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.


Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.


Wayne Rooney receives a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Ronald Zubar by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Javier Hernandez coming on for Dimitar Berbatov.


Jonathan Evans leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Smalling.


Stephen Ward on for Adam Hammill.


Luis Nani decides to take a short corner.


Kevin Foley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie O'Hara.


The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Shot by Paul Scholes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.


Drilled right-footed shot by Jamie O'Hara. Darren Fletcher gets a block in.


Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.


Jamie O'Hara is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Jamie O'Hara. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.


Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs played to the near post, clearance by Ronald Zubar.

45:42 +0.42

Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Paul Scholes on for Michael Carrick.


Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Luis Nani goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


Karl Henry is given a yellow card. Karl Henry challenges Jonathan Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Giggs, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.


Kevin Doyle finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Wolverhampton 2-1 Man Utd.Nemanja Vidic challenges Ronald Zubar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nenad Milijas provided the assist for the goal.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Nenad Milijas on Darren Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.


Corner from right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Rafael Da Silva. Shot comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick.


Christophe Berra fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Richard Stearman.


Corner from right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara.


Jamie O'Hara produces a curled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line.


Foul by Richard Stearman on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Luis Nani has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on Nenad Milijas. Free kick crossed by Jamie O'Hara.


Luis Nani sends in a cross, Dimitar Berbatov has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.


Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.


Luis Nani crosses the ball, save by Wayne Hennessey.


The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line played to the near post.


Centre by Karl Henry, save by Edwin Van der Sar.


Jonathan Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.


Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post.


Ryan Giggs has an effort at goal. Blocked by Richard Stearman.


Kevin Doyle fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the direct free kick.


George Elokobi grabs a headed goal from close range. Wolverhampton 1-1 Man Utd.Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line. Assist by Matthew Jarvis.


Effort from 20 yards by Luis Nani. Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.


Wayne Rooney takes a shot from 12 yards. Comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.


A goal is scored by Luis Nani from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Man Utd.Assist by Darren Fletcher.


Effort on goal by Nenad Milijas from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

Match Preview

Mick standing by Zubar Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has said Ronald Zubar will start against Manchester United this weekend, despite committing an horrendous injury-time error that cost his team the match at Bolton in midweek. Zubar tried to play the ball back to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the 93rd minute, but the pass was intercepted by Daniel Sturridge, who coolly slid the ball into the net. The goal left McCarthy furious, especially as his team had deserved a point for their overall display. However, McCarthy confirmed that Zubar has responded well in training, and will not pay for his mistake by losing his place in the starting 11, even if the idea did cross the former Sunderland boss's mind "I did have thoughts about it," he said. "I had a conversation with him today, but he's been terrific for us. "He is okay, I'm certain he is having chatted to him. I've got to support him, that's the other side of it. "I wanted to kill him on Wednesday night, but he's one of my players and he puts in a shift." McCarthy was quick to remove the finger of blame from over Zubar, stating that everyone involved with the team has off days. He said: "Do you think he's the only one who's made a mistake? "I don't think so. There's only one bloke that's never made a mistake and we know what happened to him. "We're all fallible aren't we? "We're all liable to make a mistake at some stage, and what do you do then? Just cast him out to one side and that's him done? "We'll support him and try and get the best out of him because in doing that I believe I will get the best out of him." McCarthy said he has resisted the temptation to take Zubar out of the firing line, even though he has a ready-made replacement in Kevin Foley. He said: "It's easy when someone just makes a mistake and it's glaringly obvious, to leave them out of the side. "But if I did that every time, I'd be chopping and changing my team on a regular basis. "There has to be a level of support from the manager for his players. "When they've had a tough time, you put an arm around them and say 'come on, let's get back to where you were'. "I think that's what I have to do. "Individual errors have cost us. Tactical errors as well, sometimes, I'm certain." Wolves have lost twice against Manchester United this season, conceding crucial late goals in both cases, and McCarthy has called on his players to maintain their focus right until the final whistle. He said: "We need to concentrate right to the very end, certainly tomorrow, because it's happened twice against Manchester United. "But if we play as well as we have against them in the past, it should be a very interesting game." Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants Wayne Rooney to regain the consistency that saw him score 34 goals last season. While the England striker's work-rate has not been in question this season, he has struggled to regularly find the target. However, a brace in the victory against Aston Villa on Tuesday, only his fourth and fifth goals of the campaign, suggest he could be ready to kick on. That could spell bad news for bottom-club Wolves who face the unbeaten Barclays Premier League leaders at Molineux on Saturday. Ferguson said: "Hopefully - and there's every chance with scoring the kind of goals he scored the other night - he'll take off. "Goalscorers are like that and hopefully that's what we're going to see with Wayne. He's got 14 league games, European games and FA Cup games - he could easily get a good average. "Last season he was very consistent - in previous years he has scored in clutches of five or six games. But if he can get the consistency of last season then we are going to benefit from that." With Dimitar Berbatov scoring regularly and new recruit Javier Hernandez chipping in as well with some vital goals, some of the heat has been taken off Rooney. Ferguson, though, stresses that there is much more to Rooney's game than just goals. "What Wayne has always had is a fantastic energy to play in a game," said the United boss. "He's always committed to doing his best. The bonus is, as we saw the other night, he got two goals." United are looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 30 league games stretching back to last season - a club record - but according to Darren Fletcher regaining the title is the detail that counts. "It has been a rollercoaster. There have been times when we've thought it (the run) was gone and then we've come back late in games," said the Scotland midfielder. "Everyone keeps talking about the unbeaten run. It's fantastic and gives you confidence knowing you're on this run and looking to set a new club record. "But the most important thing - the thing all the players are focused on and bothered about - is winning the league. We'd rather have that than maintaining an unbeaten run." Not that Fletcher is taking Wolves lightly. McCarthy's side lost to Bolton in midweek but only after a late Daniel Sturridge goal. Fletcher said: "People might not expect us to lose at Wolves but we have got to be very cautious. "The performances they have produced haven't really got them the points they deserve. I think they have been mighty unlucky in a lot of games. "They've had some good results against the bigger teams like Liverpool and Chelsea. We know it's going to be a very difficult match. "Five or six years ago we experienced a loss at Wolves when we were sitting top of the league, so it just goes to show that you have to be wary and be on top of your game." Fletcher has declared himself fit for the match after going off in the Villa match with an eye injury. He said: "I am fine. All the vision has come back and I trained this morning. So I am available for selection and looking forward to the match." Rafael is also in contention after recovering from a bout of concussion during the victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Formation:4231Manager: Mick McCarthy


Formation: 442Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Ronald Zubar
  • Richard Stearman
  • Christophe Berra
  • George Elokobi
  • Karl Henry
  • Nenad Milijas
  • Adam Hammill
  • Jamie O'Hara
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Kevin Doyle
  • SUBS
  • Marcus Hahnemann
  • David Edwards
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • Jody Craddock
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Stephen Ward
  • Kevin Foley



Match Report

Wolves pounce to stun United The 41st goal of a record day for scoring in the Barclays Premier League ended Manchester United's 24-match unbeaten run in the top flight this season as Wolves claimed a stunning 2-1 win and another notable scalp at Molineux. United's name can now go alongside Manchester City and Chelsea as title contenders who have lost at the Black Country venue after Wolves bounced back from an early goal, then repelled a fierce second-half pummelling. By the final whistle, the Red Devils had lost their cool, reduced to the desperation of Paul Scholes trying to push the ball into the net with his hand to salvage a point. It did not work and Wolves were able to celebrate thanks to a George Elokobi header, which levelled Nani's third-minute opener, and a winner whose scorer was disputed - Elokobi and Kevin Doyle both claiming they got the final touch to Nenad Milijas' 40th-minute free-kick. Indeed, as the frenzied roar greeted the final whistle, it seemed somehow in keeping with an extraordinary day, that the top club should lose to the bottom, their lead at the top trimmed to four points over a team who themselves tossed away a four-goal lead. Milijas had already narrowly failed with one effort before United went in front. There appeared little danger when Nani collected possession on the right flank. But Elokobi relaxed for a moment, the Portugal winger stepped inside and then beat Wayne Hennessey at his near post with a shot the Wolves goalkeeper should have kept out. Wayne Rooney then failed to get enough power behind his shot after Dimitar Berbatov had threaded through an excellent pass, allowing Hennessey to make the save. Wolves made the most of their reprieve when a loose ball from a corner was shovelled back out to Matt Jarvis and Elokobi beat Nemanja Vidic to the cross and headed into the bottom corner. Chances continued to flow, with Nani, Ryan Giggs and Berbatov missing at one end while Doyle, Milijas and Jamie O'Hara did likewise at the other. O'Hara was denied by a superb feet-first save from Edwin van der Sar after he had tried his luck from an acute angle. Wolves did not give up, and with United's defence looking vulnerable, it was no surprise that the hosts got their noses in front before the interval. Milijas was the provider, floating an excellent free-kick deep into the United area. There was some confusion among the players over the identity of the scorer, although it went down as Elokobi's goal. As the debate between Elokobi and Doyle raged after both claimed it, the unavoidable truth was that with the ball once again nestling in the bottom left-hand corner of Van der Sar's goal, Wolves were ahead. Sir Alex Ferguson made one change at half-time and two more midway through the second period after Scholes' arrival had failed to trigger a comeback. The exit of Berbatov was slightly surprising on two counts - first his goals, but also because Rooney was showing signs of blowing a fuse, his mood not helped by the booking he picked up for a late challenge on Ronald Zubar. Christophe Berra threw himself in front of a Rooney blockbuster, emphasising the hosts' fighting spirit as they held out for a stunning win. Scholes attempted to punch the ball in with his hand from a cross late on, but he was hauled back by the referee.

Form Guide

  • Wolverhampton
  • VS
  • Man Utd

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 06/11/2010
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 06/03/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 3 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 15/12/2009
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 17/01/2004
  • Man Utd
  • 1 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 27/08/2003
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 18/02/1984

Top Scorers


  • S Ebanks-Blake 4
  • S Fletcher 4
  • S Hunt 2
  • N Milijas 2
  • K Foley 2
  • M Jarvis 2
  • R Zubar 1
  • K Doyle 1
  • D Jones 1
  • D Edwards 1
  • S Ward 1

Man Utd

  • D Berbatov 19
  • LC Nani 7
  • JB Hernandez 7
  • J Park 4
  • N Vidic 4
  • W Rooney 3
  • R Giggs 2
  • D Fletcher 2
  • P Scholes 1
  • M Owen 1
  • P Evra 1



    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 24
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 96
    • Goals per game 54
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 12 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins