Match Report: Manchester United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Posted on February 22, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Blackburn Rovers, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

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An eight point gap (now seven as Liverpool drew today) was created at the top of the table as Manchester United fortuitously ground out a 2-1 victory over local rivals Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford.

The away side had to deal with plenty of pressure early on as both Givet and Nelsen made telling contributions to keep the game scoreless from some zipping through balls, but even Nelsen’s best efforts were in vain when dealing with Nani’s slide rule pass. The Rovers skipper got a touch but was unable to do anything when Wayne Rooney pounced to slot home.

Another goal could have followed soon after when Ronaldo and Carrick‘s quick move ended in a shot straight at Robinson from the Portuguese.

Old Trafford was stunned on the half hour, as well after 1,300 goalless opposition minutes, Andre Ooijer robbed the dawdling Nani and passed to Roque Santa Cruz. The Paraguayan forward took advantage of some slow defending from United to round stand in keeper Kuszczak and roll into the unguarded net.

Far from fire United or the crowd up, the Champions almost whimpered into half time, with Sir Alex Ferguson probably more concerned about the performance and way in which the goal was conceded with the Champions League tie at the San Siro looming than the loss of the proud defensive record.

However, right on the stroke of the whistle for the break, Jonny Evans headed in Nani’s corner, but referee Howard Webb ruled it out for a push, supposedly by Cristiano Ronaldo, that was impossible to spot in replays. It was clear to all that the decision was probably due to the fact that the corner the goal resulted from was wrongly awarded, but there had been a foul on Nani in the build up which made it a trio of bad decisions.

This was the first in a long line of contentious decisions by referee Webb as in the second half he first failed to spot a swipe by Ronaldo at a Rovers defender, and then booked the United number 7 for a clear dive on the edge of the box. Ronaldo’s 6 or 7 minute spell of controversy was concluded when he restored the Red Devil’s advantage with a truly sublime free kick from the corner of the box.

Blackburn could have taken the lead before Ronaldo’s strike as Nelsen hit the post and Diouf’s rebound effort was saved.

Webb then failed to spot a blatant kick out by Diouf and decided to not give a penalty after Gamst Pedersen fell to the ground ever so easily after contact with Rafael.

For television viewers it was somewhat of a nightmare as Setanta Sports colour commentator Craig Burley was on a one man mission to paint United as lucky beneficiaries of Webb’s howlers, consistently neglecting to mention the errors for Evans’ goal and Diouf’s kick.

United did manage to hold on to record a slim win which was probably only just deserved but, perhaps unfairly, the aftermath will focus on Webb’s performance as somehow gifting the Champions the win when his decisions had several negative impacts on both sides.


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Rooney back with a bang! Watch out Rovers…

Posted on February 20, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Blackburn Rovers, Man United, Players   1 Comment »

As Wayne Rooney took to the field against Fulham on Wednesday night it was clear to see he was itching to get on the pitch and it was no surprise to see him score with his first touch. Wayne Rooney is a tremendous football player and although he sometimes takes second fiddle to the more glamorous egotistic Cristiano Ronaldo, his talents on the football pitch are never in doubt.

I was scouring through 606 the other day in response to an Arsenal related thread about the comeback of Eduardo. Now in this day and age, we know that anyone can have an expert opinion about football – all they need is a keyboard and a monitor (which can even lead to the creation of a blog!) but I came across these two comments that pretty much summarises the ignorance of some people who don’t appreciate what a good footballer actually is at times (when one poster compared Eduardo to Torres, Ronaldo and Rooney):

Not sure why Rooney’s name is in there – He goes on a burst of scoring 7 goals in 7 games then dries up – he runs around alot and has alot of heart but so does Dirk Kuyt and he defo is not one of the best strikers about!!


He’s better than Rooney! Ronaldo is a one off! has the potential to be as good as Torres!

Now of course there are wums and of course you have a certain bias to your own football club, but come on! Comparing Rooney to Kuyt is simply ludicris. Rooney has a superb football brain, is physically first class and has the drive and determination to become one of the all time great forwards in England. His exploits with England in 2004 meant that the usual pressure placed upon one man for the national team continued and I believe too much is expected of him when he plays for England who adopt a completely different style to United.

I remember when he burst on to the scene with Everton and although he had raw talent he was an immense bag of energy running around the place. Obviously as time evoles, being the intelligent player he is, he matured as a player and is a vital player in the style and formation that United adopt today. He can drop deep, stretch the backline, be on the edge of our box setting up a counter attack move before finishing at the other end. He is a true footballer that plays for the team – which could be why some fans do not rate him as much as the glam boys.

For every goal Ronaldo scored last season, there had to be movement from the front players to allow him to obtain the space his talents need to produce. Rooney and Tevez were exceptional last season, but Rooney even moreso. He was never on the losing side in the league when he played. The only time United lost when Rooney was involved was the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea – even though Rooney had to be substituted due to injury. He had equalised for United, just for the record.

His movement and positioning is sublime and it is this that sets him from the rest of his generation in that forward mold. He drags defenders out of position, runs at full backs and closes down deep lying midfielders – trying to sabotage their passing. His injury against Wigan was a setback – but luckily in Carlos Tevez United have a superb, although not as good as Rooney, replacement.

I hope Rooney will be in the starting xi tomorrow – partnering Tevez whilst Berbatov rests for the trip to Inter on Tuesday. I expect Rooney can’t wait to step out on the turf at Old Trafford tomorrow – in order to help United ease past Blackburn Rovers and open up an eight point lead over Liverpool. He will also be lacking match fitness for the Inter game and we need him to be fit for the game in Italy. I’m not sure he will be – but I expect him to start tomorrow and get on the scoresheet. I’m glad Rooney is back because I truely believe he should be labeled a genius.

Looking back at previous Blackburn Rovers ties on ESPN (number 442 on Sky) I was pleased to see the 92/93 winning game against Rovers at Old Trafford to hand us our first title in 26 years. Cantona, Parker, Bruce, Irwin and Giggs – all present in the starting line up – with Robson and Kanchelskis joining the party later on. Giggs, Ince and goal scoring supermo Pallister where on the scoresheet that night and it still feels like yesterday. Gone are the likes of Cantona and McClair but I expect the result tomorrow to be the same and I expect Rooney to take centre stage.

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Match Report: Manchester United 3-0 Fulham

Posted on February 18, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Fulham, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

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A 3-0 rout of Fulham sent out an intimidating message to the Premier League as champions Manchester United established a 5 point lead in front of Liverpool at the top.

It was as routine a victory as Sir Alex Ferguson could have hoped for and the points were never really threatened after Paul Scholes had volleyed the home team ahead. Michael Carrick’s corner was met by Scholes from the edge of the box with trademark velocity but Fulham keeper Schwarzer found the strike too hot to handle and the ball rolled into the corner.

The Red Devils pressed with urgency for a second and were denied when Carlos Tevez’s shot from a Dimitar Berbatov pass was ruled out for offside, but achieved their just reward shortly before the break when Berbatov took advantage of Fulham’s defensive shambles – perhaps the reaction to an exhibitionist home side passing move – to tap home what seemed an unassailable goal.

The second half became merely a procession as Fulham declined to threaten and United declined to press home their superiority save for Ronaldo’s constant desire and the introduction of the returning Rooney, who scored the third and final goal converting Park’s mis hit shot with his first touch.

The easy return of Rooney and extension of the record breaking defensive legacy will have pleased Sir Alex but the ease in which they discarded potentially tricky opposition coming into a vital stage of the season will possibly have given him more cheer.


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Match Report: Derby County 1-4 Manchester United

Posted on February 15, 2009  by Stretford-end  in FA Cup, Man United, Match Reports   4 Comments »

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Goals from Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck confirmed qualification to the FA Cup quarter finals for the third consecutive season at Pride Park.

The first half was dominated by the Red Devils who were evidently keen to eradicate the memory of last month’s Carling Cup embarrassment by the same opponents. Gibson in particular was impressive, and the immaculate use of the ball from the in-form Ryan Giggs was the highlight of a strong opening 45 minutes.

Darren Fletcher had the first chance after being found by a classy Giggs ball, but Rams keeper Bywater thwarted him – the stoppers next save, from a Park shot, was even better.

Park almost got the opener shortly after, after another wondrous Giggs pass – Derby defended well, but were powerless moments later as Giggs fed Nani who cut in from the left and lashed home a trademark power drive from 20 yards.

United added another before the break to make it 2-0 when Darron Gibson reacted quickest from a blocked Ronaldo free kick to instinctively fire home a cute improvised toe poke from 20 yards. The home side may have had an argument for offside as Rafael, in an offside position, jumped over the ball after it was struck.

The goal however was just reward as just prior to it, Ronaldo had the ball in the net and it was harshly ruled out. Ben Foster’s quick throw found Giggs whose marvelous back flick fed Ronaldo, who in turn slotted home. Only after the celebrations did the linesman’s flag go up, and after consultation with Rob Styles, the goal was ruled out for offside, though replays showed the Portuguese to be in line with the last defender. It may have made little difference to the overall result but the game (and indeed, competition) was cheated of probably the most brilliant moment of the FA Cup this season.

The makeshift strike force did not have long to wait after the interval to make their point, however, as Ronaldo headed in his 15th goal of the season from a Giggs corner in the 48th minute to all but seal progression.

Ronaldo could have got another after being the beneficiary of yet another marvellous Ryan Giggs flick, but Bywater stood tall to deny first Ronaldo then Darren Fletcher.

Derby made a decent fist of a fight, with defender Miles Addison converting a dead ball, but a fourth goal for the away side scored in classy fashion by youngster Danny Welbeck put the gloss on a result that ensured United face a quarter final tie at either Swansea or Fulham in 3 weeks time.


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As Giggs signs a new contract we discuss Giggsy’s greatest goal

Posted on February 12, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players, Statistics   3 Comments »

As the news dropped that Ryan Giggs signs a new contract with us I received the following blog from Yolkie regarding his all time hero and his greatest goal scored.  Giggsy has put some superb performances whilst adapting to his new surrounds as those legs aged.  Ryan has scored a hatfull of goals over the years and is the only player to score in every Premier League season running after his strike against West Ham on Sunday.

In my opinion Giggsy’s greatest Premier League goal was the second goal in 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.  Bruce had already put us ahead, before Giggsy broke through to chip Grobbelaar and score a sensational second.  Irwin fired in a freekick to make it three and I can’t seem to remember what else happened that game :-)

So, I ask you after you’ve read Yolkie’s superb piece – whats your favourite Giggsy goal over the years?

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The hunt for Ryan Giggs’ greatest goal

As arguably Ryan Giggs‘ greatest man-fan I’m not averse to the regular heaping of man love on my idol, as readers of this website will no doubt be aware of.

And as the Giggsy love bandwagon seems to be gathering nationwide pace with some sort of apologetic belated recognition love-in, the powers that be have awarded the winger a new contract extension to run to 2010.

But, even so, as the legends’ career enters its twilight days, those memorable moments to log in the annals would be expected to be fewer than the Welshman is currently providing. But the stunning solo goal scored at Upton Park still throws out the poser that there are few players capable anywhere in the league of such ability, and also the question that is the topic of this blog : of all the great goals Ryan has scored, which is the greatest?

The complete list of memorable goals scored by Giggs (in my humble opinion) can be found in this September blog in which I crowed bleary eyed at his fabulous career that was chronicled in a recent DVD release, aside from the 3 he has scored this season – a run through and deft chip against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup, a textbook header at Celtic Park, and the dazzling run at Upton Park.

Lists of this nature barely work when presented in numbers over 10 so it is with great pains that I have restricted this selection (though I couldn’t do ten, so here is Giggsy’s Baker’s Dozen!)

1. 1992/93

Spurs @ White Hart Lane – Giggs collects the ball, dances past one challenge, then nutmegs the next defender, rounds the goalkeeper, and despite the tightest of angles, finds the net with a great finish.

2. 1992/93

Blackburn @ Old Trafford – as the United faithful basked in the glory of their title triumph after a 26 year wait, Giggs’ great 30 yard free kick restored parity from Rovers’ shock lead.

3. 1993/94

QPR @ Loftus Road – Perhaps the goal that started to make serious work of the comparisons between Giggs and George Best (and indeed, the goal which prompted Best to say “they might start calling me the old Ryan Giggs!”), the winger made effortless work of four despairing challenges at pace before switching direction and clipping the ball past the keeper.

4. 1995/96

Chelsea @ Stamford Bridge – an oft-forgotten goal, Giggs span Steve Clarke repeatedly in different directions before stabbing the ball home.

5. 1995/96

Manchester City @ Maine Road – Classic moment in Manchester derby history as Keith Curle invited Giggsy to strike for about 5 yards, Giggs finally did from the edge of the area, defying all that were watching to find the top corner with a stinging drive.

6. 1997/98

Juventus @ Old Trafford – After a couple of years of European anti-climax against perennial yardstick Juventus, Ryan Giggs burst through the Juventus defence to smash home a goal that secured United’s victory, and more than that, finally re-established the confidence of the home side among the major European players.

7. 1998/99

Arsenal @ Villa Park – In keeping with Giggs’ era defining goals is arguably the greatest goal ever scored – as much for the way in which it inspired a Manchester United side battling with their opponents for what could have been generation defining as it was for the amazing ability required to score it. Do you need reminding that he ran 60 yards, skinning the best defence in Europe, before smashing the goal past England great David Seaman? Probably not. Do you need reminding that Giggs started the game on the bench due to his dodgy hamstrings and that Fergie’s instructions upon Ryan collecting the ball were “run to the corner”? Probably. It seems a bit unfair to the rest of the goals that this one is in the collection, so if you like, discard this one from your choice.

8. 2000/2001

Bradford @ Valley Parade – Another astonishingly underrated strike. Had an Arsenal or Liverpool player scored it you may never have heard the end of it, but anyway – Giggs picks up a high ball with instant control, gives the defender twisted blood (see what I did?) and drills in via the near post. Pure class, pure genius.

9. 2001/2002

Deportivo @ Old Trafford – In my previous blog regarding our number 11 I did describe this as “fewer sights in football are as great as seeing Giggs put defenders on their arse”. Dribbling in from the right, he slots in with his left at the near post. With, of course, the obligatory arse-placed defender.


10. Juventus @ Delle Alpi – Maybe equally as significant for the fact that Giggs was facing criticsm from United fans for the first time after a glaring miss against Arsenal in the Cup, he came on to race past two challenges and screw past Buffon with his right foot from 18 yards, pointed to his name on the shirt, silencing the doubters.


11. Chelsea @ Old Trafford – Probably in the bigger picture the most meaningless goal of the selection seeing as it came in a 2-1 home defeat in the League Cup, this really classy flick with the outside of the left boot over Cech gave everyone a clear reminder of Giggs’ unparalelled technical ability.


12. Birmingham @ Old Trafford – Ryan picks up a pass from Ferdinand, ‘megs the defender, one-two’s with Rooney then races behind the defence to drive home.


13. West Ham @ Upton Park – Fellow veteran Scholes drives out a 30 yards pass which Giggs instantly controls, then races into the area, beating two men before driving home with his right foot. At the age of 35, Giggs shows that there are still few players capable of his level of effortless brilliance.

Now, it may be asking a lot of readers who don’t have such an elephant style memory as mine to recall all the goals. There are of course quite a few goals that didn’t make it, notably for me, his free kick against Bolton in 2003, ’round the keeper’ goals from Norwich in 1991 and 1993, and Sheff Wed in 1994, a left footer against Coventry in 1992, as well as the sentimental strikes against Wigan and Chelsea (though, obviously, strictly not a goal) last May.

This chap on youtube – has got goals 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 on his video ( though for the other 6 you may have to use your memory!).

Have I completely missed out what you think is the best goal?

What goal do you rank as the greatest he’s ever scored? And, if it’s the ’99 semi final goal, which is the second greatest?


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Match Report: West Ham United 0-1 Manchester United

Posted on February 08, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, West Ham   2 Comments »

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A memorable solo goal from Ryan Giggs was enough to move Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League.

United had been temporarily replaced at the summit by great rivals Liverpool but where ‘Pools victory at Pompey was gifted to them, a moment of true quality was required to give the Red Devils victory at Upton Park.

There was little to brighten up a dull first half however as both teams struggled to make any kind of creative breakthrough, with a Ronaldo stab at a Scholes wayward drive the closest a goal came for either side.

With West Ham employing Behrami to double up with Neill on Ronaldo options appeared to be limited regarding the creativity of the away side, but on the hour mark, a move involving United’s two most experienced players provided the breakthrough.

Paul Scholes crossfield pass was controlled by Giggs, who skipped past two challenges in the box and scored with his right foot from 15 yards. Though perhaps harsh on West Ham, the home side did not pose a serious threat to Edwin van der Sar‘s clean sheet record from there on despite plenty of effort – a landmark, coincidentally, that stretched to surpass the British league’s record following this 13th consecutive shut out.

Giggs’ goal was a worthy match winner for United whose next league game is the remaining game in hand against Fulham on Wednesday week.

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February 6th 1958 – 51 years on

Posted on February 06, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Munich   1 Comment »

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster and it is a time for reflection on those who died playing for our club. Captain Roger Byrne, Geoff Bent, ‘snakehips’ Eddie Colman, Tommy Taylor, David Pegg, Mark Jones, Liam ‘Billy’ Whelan and Duncan Edwards all perished due to the horrific crash on February 6th 1958. Today at around 15:03 we will all remember those people that died that day – the day after the Busby Babes played their last game together. Rest in peace lads.

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Who would you like to see as United’s next captain?

Posted on February 01, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Players   15 Comments »

Gary Neville has been an amazing servant to Manchester United over the seasons and is still a vital part of United’s squad – but how long will Neville remain the captain for and is his possible replacement already at the club?

From Roger Byrne to Bobby Charlton to Bryan Robson and right up to Roy Keane, Manchester United have had some superb captains, all different in style and approach – but all able to motivate players and put in performances that inspire those around them. Charlton being different from those mentioned in the way he conducted himself on the football field as he generally let his feet do his talking.

Neville first made his United debut against Torpedo Moscow in the UEFA cup back in 1992. He has made 532 appearances for the club and has helped United to win eight Premier League titles. Neville is part of the Old Trafford furniture and is still a superb full back. He is one of the most underrated players considering how good he is at delivering crosses and his reading of the game. Neville has been a good captain since replacing Roy Keane in November 2005 – but considering he is now not a first team regular and he enters his 34th year – should we be looking ahead for a replacement?

Ryan Giggs, who is also in the same boat as Neville in terms of playing time and aging legs, has been a superb deputy for Neville in his injury hit 2007/08 season, whilst Rio Ferdinand has also been impressive and was unlucky not to be given the England captaincy. Do we have a potential captain within the ranks at Old Trafford? If so what characteristics will be pivotal to lead United? Below are a number of possible replacements:

Wayne Rooney – Aggressive, determined and a genius. Wayne Rooney would get my vote as United’s next captain simply due to the fact that he has all the desired qualities. He has the ability to inspire team-mates, play for the side rather than himself and can motivate players. Constantly getting criticised for his aggressive style of play in terms of over zealous tackling and his over the top rants – however he wouldn’t be the same player with this streak.

Rio Ferdinand - A great leader on the football pitch that has matured immensely over the past five years. Ferdinand was arrested for drink driving in 1998, which forced the young defender to miss out on a place in Glenn Hoddle’s world cup squad. Ferdinand was then controversially banned from first team action for eight months after missing a drugs test – which was then followed by his reluctancy to sign a new contract. However, since then he has grown in stature and has become one of the top defenders of his generation. Fast, strong and intelligent – Ferdinand has it all and has shown that he can lead United to success after the double winning season last term. Probably the favourite to succeed Neville.

Nemanja Vidic – No nonsense defender who always gets stuck in and never backs down from a tackle or a challenge. Although an unlikely candidate, Vidic has shown leadership qualities in aiding Rafael and Evans integration within the United backline – a backline that hasn’t conceded a Premier League goal since November 2008. Vidic has also proven to be a bit of a match winner after scoring late goals against Everton in 2007 and more recently against Sunderland – popping up in the right place at the right time.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Quite possibly the most unlikely man at the club to take the armband, however remembering an article that I read recently, (yes it was in FourFourTwo!) on players who inspire the side – simply on ability. Ronaldo’s predecessor in the Portuguese national side, and captain, Luis Figo was never renowned for his work rate or motivational techniques for other players – but could inspire due to his sublime technique and skill, something Ronaldo has in abundance.

My choice would go, as mentioned to Rooney as I believe he has all the qualities to make a fine captain and succeed Gary Neville. However, I believe Ferdinand will be given the armband and there isn’t a hope in hell Ronaldo will be given the armband. I wouldn’t welcome Ronaldo as captain, not because of the fact that he is looked upon as a more inspirational figure than your traditional captain (look at Zidane, a superb captain for France even though he was completely different to Blanc or Deschamps) – but because I don’t believe he would be a good captain for Manchester United – I guess I’m in the large majority on that one.

Another piece of news, was featured in the Times this week regarding an article we did on Zonal v.s man marking a couple of years ago. I was chuffed when I saw it and was amazed that someone of Gabriele Marcotti calibre was scouring the Internet for a resource on the topic! You never know who is reading your stuff!

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Match Report: Manchester United 1-0 Everton

Posted on February 01, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Everton, Man United, Match Reports   No Comments »

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A five point gap at the top and a new record as officially the meanest consecutive defence in English League history were the reward for Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s first half penalty secured a big win for the Champions.

Ronaldo was lively in the first half, stabbing against a post from 20 yards, while Tevez saw his close range strike tipped over by former United keeper Tim Howard. But it was the impressive Michael Carrick who really caught the eye with this latest imposing performance in the centre of the midfield.

And Carrick was the architect for the games only goal, being tripped by Mikel Arteta for a penalty right on half time. Arteta and Everton could have few complaints about the decision, and referee Halsey even waited for Carrick to completely lose his balance before awarding the spot kick. Ronaldo made no mistake from 12 yards and saw a potential opportunity to score another penalty refused by Halsey early the second half, as Carrick again appeared to be impeded.

Everton had been handed the boost of Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini both being cleared to play but in truth despite plenty of endeavour by the visitors, the clean sheat record that was awaiting Edwin van der Sar was more of a formality than he may have expected.

With this game reportedly being the start of an ease to United’s injury concerns Sir Alex Ferguson can look back at a hugely successful January, and look forward to this afternoon’s fixture where his club will be the winners no matter what happens.


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Match Report: WBA 0-5 Manchester United

Posted on January 28, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Reports, WBA   1 Comment »

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A stunning display from the injury hit champions rocked West Bromwich Albion and kept United at the top of the Premier League.

Goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez, Nemanja Vidic (though this later seemed to be an own goal), then two from Cristiano Ronaldo sent out a clear message of superiority.

Albion had stated their intent to at least show adventure in the game but an end to end start was punished when Berbatov picked up a Giggs pass and exchanged the ball with the excellent Michael Carrick to slot home and complete a great move.

The home side suffered just before half time as skipper Paul Robinson was dismissed for a dangerous lunge on Ji-Sung Park. The red card may have been harsh but it was reckless claim by the Baggies’ captain and he could have no real complaints. Moments later, the Red Devils compounded the home supporters misery when Scott Carson bizarrely dropped a Ryan Giggs freekick, perhaps looking for a free kick when challenged by his own defender, and the impressive Carlos Tevez tapped in.

In the second half United really rammed home the advantage and scored when the outstanding Giggs’ set piece was met by Vidic, though replays suggested a home defender may have had the crucial touch in scoring the third United goal.

Better was to follow from United and the mercurial Giggs as the Welshman found space and exquisitely pulled back for Ronaldo to end a personal hell and score a league goal. The scoring was completed a few minutes later when Berbatov played Ronaldo through to finish between Carson‘s legs.

As the match entered its final minutes United claimed another milestone – a Premier League record without conceding a league goal – and with the re-inforcement of the returning Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand, the record stands a good chance of extending itself even considering the visit of in form Everton on Saturday.


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