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Hull   1 - 3   Man Utd

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney pounced to give Manchester United the lead

By Les Roopanarine

Manchester United edged an error-strewn encounter with Hull to close to within two points of leaders Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.

Wayne Rooney drew first blood for United on the stroke of half-time, but later made a calamitous back-pass which paved the way for a Hull penalty.

Craig Fagan levelled from the spot, but Rooney made amends when his low cross led to an Andy Dawson own goal.

Dimitar Berbatov then sealed the win after a pin-point pass from Rooney.

At a stage of the season when champions United traditionally begin to hit their stride, the victory closed the gap on Chelsea after they were held to a goalless draw at Birmingham on Saturday.

Rooney thankful for win at Hull

But for all Rooney's influence, Sir Alex Ferguson's men - who arrived on Humberside in wounded-animal mode after suffering two defeats in their previous three Premier League outings - were rarely at their best.

In fairness that had much to do with Hull, whose industry and commitment proved formidable obstacles despite some hairy moments for goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, most notably when he miscued a first-half clearance.

Having seen his team charged by the Football Association after last weekend's mass confrontation at Arsenal, Phil Brown had looked to foster a siege mentality among his players in the build-up.

And his players clearly bought into the billing of unfairly-punished underdogs as they absorbed United's strong start and were unlucky to be denied an early penalty.

606: DEBATE

Fagan found Richard Garcia with a precise through-ball, but as the Australia international raced into the area he was upended by a sliding tackle from Nemanja Vidic that prompted furious protests from Hull.

It was Alan Wiley, the referee whose fitness was questioned by Ferguson after United's 2-2 draw against Sunderland earlier this season, who came to the visitors' rescue.

Wiley saw nothing wrong with the challenge, but no sooner had he waved away the complaints than Hull were at United again, Seyi Olofinjana forcing a fine reflex save from Tomasz Kuszczak.

We had Man Utd rocking - Brown

Another opportunity to open the scoring went begging when Olofinjana put Stephen Hunt through only for the Republic of Ireland midfielder to shoot wide.

As the misses mounted for Hull, the feeling grew that there would be a price to pay against a United side desperate to bounce back following last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Fulham.

The return of a trio of defenders in Rafael da Silva, Vidic and Wes Brown provided a platform for United to go forward with greater confidence, and although their attacking fluency was never at its best, they nonetheless offered plenty of threat.

Giggs twice went close early on, volleying on to the roof of the net before rippling the side-netting with a free-kick, while Rooney and Rafael both forced acrobatic saves from Myhill.

The danger was clear and, sure enough, with the interval beckoning Darren Fletcher swung in a near-post cross from the right flank, Giggs deflected it to Rooney, and the lurking England man prodded home from close-range.

With the hour mark approaching, however, Rooney gifted Hull a reprieve, directing a woeful back-pass to Kuszczak which was intercepted by Fagan.

We're well positioned for title bid - Phelan

Da Silva bundled over Jozy Altidore from the resulting cross, and Fagan shot unerringly past Kuszczak to ensure that there would be no repeat of Geovanni's missed spot kick against Arsenal last week.

Sensing the possibility of a win that would lift them clear of the relegation zone, Hull poured forward in search of a winner, but their enterprise was to prove their undoing.

With 17 minutes remaining, Giggs led a United counter-attack, slotting the ball through for Rooney to direct a low cross towards substitute Ji-Sung Park which the sliding Dawson could only direct into his own net.

And Rooney was once again at the heart of the action as United put the polish on their win with eight minutes remaining, directing a slide-rule pass through the legs of Anthony Gardner that enabled Berbatov to score with a tap-in.

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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 1-3 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Fagan (pen) 60
  • Rooney 45+2
  • Dawson (og) 73
  • Berbatov 82

Hull

  • 01 Myhill
  • 03 Dawson
  • 05 Gardner
  • 15 Mendy
  • 24 Zayatte
  • 11 Hunt
  • 20 Boateng (Geovanni 83)
  • 44 Olofinjana
  • 07 Fagan
  • 09 Altidore (Ghilas 83)
  • 14 Garcia (Vennegoor of Hesselink 77)

Substitutes

  • 12 Duke,
  • 08 Barmby,
  • 10 Geovanni,
  • 17 Kilbane,
  • 23 Ghilas,
  • 45 Cairney,
  • 29 Vennegoor of Hesselink

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 24,627
HULL
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Hull 61%
  • Man Utd 39%

Attempts on target

  • Hull 6
  • Man Utd 11

Attempts off target

  • Hull 6
  • Man Utd 8

Corners

  • Hull 5
  • Man Utd 7

Fouls

  • Hull 13
  • Man Utd 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on Deiberson Geovanni. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right channel, clearance made by Darren Fletcher. Corner taken by Stephen Hunt, save by Tomasz Kuszczak. Corner taken by Kamel Ghilas from the left by-line, clearance made by Wes Brown.
  • 90:00+1:55 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 90:00+1:14 A cross is delivered by Gabriel Obertan.
  • 90:00+0:01 Drilled right-footed shot by Michael Carrick. Blocked by Kamil Zayatte. Corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line to the near post, Bernard Mendy manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:15 The ball is swung over by Craig Fagan.
  • 88:19 Kamel Ghilas fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kamel Ghilas. Kamel Ghilas produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Gabriel Obertan gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Kamel Ghilas, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:49 Right-footed shot by Dimitar Berbatov went wide right of the net.
  • 87:02 Effort from deep inside the area by Craig Fagan misses to the right of the goal.
  • 86:38 Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana. Bernard Mendy takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:36 Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Craig Fagan results in a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:41 Effort on goal by Bernard Mendy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 84:20 Gabriel Obertan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt. Anthony Gardner takes the free kick.
  • 82:14 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni is brought on as a substitute for George Boateng.
  • 82:14 Substitution Kamel Ghilas is brought on as a substitute for Jozy Altidore.
  • 81:20 Wayne Rooney provided the assist for the goal.
  • 81:20 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovHull 1 - 3 Man Utd Dimitar Berbatov finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 1-3 Man Utd.
  • 81:19 Wayne Rooney sends in a cross,
  • 80:55 Unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:49 A cross is delivered by Gabriel Obertan, Kamil Zayatte manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney.
  • 79:02 Handball decision goes against Stephen Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 78:16 The ball is delivered by Andy Dawson, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 77:19 Substitution Ryan Giggs leaves the field to be replaced by Gabriel Obertan.
  • 76:52 Substitution Richard Garcia leaves the field to be replaced by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
  • 75:56 Ji-Sung Park delivers the ball, Header from close in by Wayne Rooney misses to the right of the target.
  • 75:18 The ball is delivered by Bernard Mendy, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 75:10 The ball is crossed by Bernard Mendy, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
  • 72:30 Assist on the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
  • 72:30 GOAL - Andy DawsonHull 1 - 2 Man Utd Andy Dawson puts the ball into his own net. Hull 1-2 Man Utd.
  • 72:12 Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Hunt, clearance by Michael Carrick.
  • 71:01 The ball is sent over by Ji-Sung Park, Header from close range by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the right of the goal.
  • 68:55 Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Fagan. Free kick crossed by Bernard Mendy, Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 68:20 Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, clearance made by George Boateng. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Kamil Zayatte.
  • 65:48 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, Header by Richard Garcia from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 64:51 Patrice Evra challenges Richard Garcia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Bernard Mendy.
  • 63:47 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Andy Dawson results in a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:45 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 61:45 Substitution Ji-Sung Park replaces Antonio Valencia.
  • 61:45 Michael Carrick has an effort at goal. Save made by Boaz Myhill. Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Wes Brown takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 60:58 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.
  • 59:04 Assist on the goal came from Jozy Altidore.
  • 59:04 GOAL - Craig FaganHull 1 - 1 Man Utd Placed penalty scored by Craig Fagan. Hull 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 58:02 Booking Rafael Da Silva receives a caution.
  • 57:57 Penalty awarded for a foul by Rafael Da Silva on Jozy Altidore.
  • 57:09 Jozy Altidore fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dawson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 54:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Seyi Olofinjana. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:49 Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Craig Fagan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.
  • 52:43 Unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Seyi Olofinjana results in a free kick. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown by Richard Garcia. Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.
  • 49:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jozy Altidore on Wes Brown. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:41 Unfair challenge on Kamil Zayatte by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Anthony Gardner takes the direct free kick.
  • 46:58 Foul by Craig Fagan on Darren Fletcher, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:29 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:03 Effort from 20 yards by Jozy Altidore. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
  • 45:00+1:04 Darren Fletcher delivers the ball,
  • 45:00+1:03 Assist on the goal came from Darren Fletcher.
  • 45:00+1:03 GOAL - Wayne RooneyHull 0 - 1 Man Utd Wayne Rooney scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Hull 0-1 Man Utd.
  • 45:00+0:56 Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross.
  • 45:00+0:46 The ball is delivered by Darren Fletcher.
  • 45:00+0:28 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 45:00+0:16 Ryan Giggs takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Richard Garcia.
  • 44:04 Handball by Wes Brown. Bernard Mendy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:31 Shot from just outside the area by Richard Garcia goes over the bar.
  • 43:01 Rafael Da Silva produces a cross, Kamil Zayatte manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:58 Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 41:31 Shot by Jozy Altidore from 20 yards. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
  • 39:27 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide right of the target.
  • 38:41 Effort on goal by Stephen Hunt from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 36:59 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 36:10 Wes Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore. Direct free kick taken by Bernard Mendy.
  • Correction - 33:55 Craig Fagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Antonio Valencia. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 33:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Fagan on Antonio Valencia. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 32:53 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Stephen Hunt gets a block in.
  • 31:44 Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:44 Booking Patrice Evra is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:31 Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Garcia.
  • 30:14 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak. Unfair challenge on Craig Fagan by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stephen Hunt.
  • 29:46 A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 27:11 Centre by Craig Fagan, Shot by Seyi Olofinjana from 6 yards. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 26:26 The ball is sent over by George Boateng, clearance by Wes Brown.
  • 23:54 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Boaz Myhill. Floated corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, Michael Carrick has an effort at goal. Blocked by Richard Garcia. A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Richard Garcia manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:09 Stephen Hunt sends in a cross, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
  • 22:51 Nemanja Vidic challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Gardner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:30 Seyi Olofinjana has an effort at goal. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 18:30 Shot by Darren Fletcher. Blocked by George Boateng.
  • 17:47 The ball is sent over by Stephen Hunt, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 17:14 A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.
  • 16:53 Shot by Stephen Hunt. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 15:07 Kamil Zayatte challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 13:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boateng on Michael Carrick. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Kamil Zayatte.
  • 9:36 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 8:59 Patrice Evra challenges Richard Garcia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right wing, clearance made by Craig Fagan.
  • 7:26 Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on George Boateng. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
  • 6:23 Foul by Jozy Altidore on Wes Brown, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
  • 5:40 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Ryan Giggs produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 4:34 The ball is delivered by George Boateng.
  • 3:56 Wes Brown challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bernard Mendy takes the free kick.
  • 0:36 The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 19 28 42
2 Man Utd 19 22 40
3 Arsenal 18 27 38
4 Aston Villa 19 12 35
5 Tottenham 19 18 34
6 Man City 18 8 32
7 Liverpool 19 11 30
8 Birmingham 19 1 29
9 Fulham 18 6 27
10 Sunderland 19 -3 22
11 Stoke 18 -7 21
12 Blackburn 19 -15 20
13 Burnley 19 -16 20
14 Everton 18 -8 19
15 Wolves 19 -16 19
16 Wigan 18 -18 19
17 West Ham 19 -7 18
18 Bolton 17 -10 17
19 Hull 19 -22 17
20 Portsmouth 19 -11 14

see also
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27 Dec 09 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
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Rooney glad to skip Ferguson fury
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