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Review – Shenzhen vs Manchester United

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on July 23, 2007

Manchester United completely demolished China Super league side Shenzhen 6-0 in the third game of their East Asia tour.
Six different scorers including a debut goal from Nani secured the victory, which could have easily been double figures. The first half was a stroll for United, they dominated possession and were given far too much time on the ball, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney often producing moments of show-boating.

United made their early superiority count when Darren Fletcher slotted Rooney in, who found himself one-on-one with the keeper but the powerful striker unselfishly rolled across for Ryan Giggs to tap-in. The Red Devils doubled their lead on 20 minutes when a superb half-volleyed reverse ball by Giggs found Rooney, who audaciously lobbed the keeper from just inside the area.

The impressive Giggs was involved in United’s third as he set up up Nani for a debut goal. The Welshman flicked the ball into the path of the debutant and he coolly hit a first-time shot into the bottom left-hand corner. Shenzhen displayed some neat passing at times but failed to create, only managing a few long-rang efforts which Edwin van der Sar easily gathered.

Alex Ferguson’s men also had two goals bizarrely disallowed, the first a Ronaldo header and the second a stabbed Wes Brown shot. Just before the first half came to a close United almost made it four when Ronaldo smashed a dipping 25-yard free-kick against the bar. Minutes into the second half Shenzhen carved out an opportunity, a pacey cross was swiped at by Patrice Evra and it fell to the left-winger but his shot rippled against the side-netting.

After a slow start to the half United slowly began to get their tempo back, a sweeping ball from Brown found Ronaldo who drove in and laid the ball into the path of John O’Shea who finished expertly. Minutes later Nani started a counter-attack with a direct run, he pushed the ball right to Rooney who then rolled the balled across to Ronaldo, who easily finished to make it five. On 64 minutes substitute Chris Eagles made it two goals in two games with a wonderful 30-yard strike which swerved and dipped into the top corner.

Despite the humidity United’s pressure was relentless as Michael Carrick’s shot came down off the bar and Alan Smith spurned a golden opportunity when he dallied on the ball. Shenzhen continued to chase every ball but it was to no avail as United eased to victory. The Premier League champions finish their tour of East Asia when they face Guangzhou Pharmaceutical on 27th July. Scroll down for the goals
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Review – FC Seoul vs Manchester United

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on July 20, 2007

Manchester United produced a much improved performance to defeat FC Seoul 4-0 in South Korea. The Premier League champions controlled the match from the start and coasted to a convincing victory thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Chris Eagles, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra.Nani and Owen Hargreaves both spent the game on the sidelines and were soon made to realise that it will be far from easy to break into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice side, as United raced into a 3-0 half-time lead with some scintillating football. Ronaldo’s emergence as one of the best players on the planet has led most teams to mark him closely, so the Portuguese winger must have briefly thought the whistle had been blown when he collected Rooney’s pass and was given time to advance to the edge of the area and slam a powerful low shot past Kim Byung-ji in the sixth minute.

Every spectator in a sell-out stadium seemed delighted with the goal and there were further celebrations on the terraces after 18 minutes as Ronaldo released Eagles with an audacious flick and the young midfielder coolly slotted home. United made it 3-0 in the 21st minute and again it was Ronaldo at the heart of the build-up as he broke forward and laid a short pass off for Rooney to finish from close range. Seoul gradually battled their way back into the game as half-time approached and the dangerous Ricardo sent a couple of shots just off target from distance, although Ronaldo went even closer at the other end with a vicious, swerving effort which dipped just over the crossbar.

Ferguson made five changes at half-time and there was less of a threat early on without Rooney and Ronaldo, with Seoul looking likeliest to get the next goal. However, the impressive Evra, playing on the left wing, fired United 4-0 ahead on the hour mark with an angled drive across Kim from the left. Seoul’s work-rate in the final 30 minutes was admirable as they hunted a consolation, but substitute keeper Tomasz Kuszczak was not tested apart from one fizzing long-range shot from Kim Dong-seok.

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Review – Urawa Reds vs Manchester United

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on July 17, 2007


URAWA REDS 2-2 Manchester United

United has started their pre season friendly with a draw against Urawa Reds. The result doesn’t concern me much as it is the fitness the players have to improve and be ready to fire on all cylinders starting from the Community Shield. United should have won the match for the number of chances they have created, but got away with a draw. Both the goals conceded were sloppy by United standards, and we expect them to sharpen up before the season started (Well that is what preseason is for right!!).

Uchidate has opened the scoring for the home side with a wickedly swirwing kick, and Van der Sar should have done better. It is not secret that the giant Dutch man is getting old and goal keeping is one area of concern for the Red Devils in the coming season as Ben Foster is injured till March. He has to be given proper rest during the course of the season and hopefully the Polish depty puts in some polished performances.

Before the break Rooney had a breathtaking run, and wearing the number 10 jersey seems to have provided that extra bit of motivation for him.

After the break United has scored two goals in a space of five minutes. The first one involved a lot of team work and credit to Fletcher for staying at the correct place at the correct time. Thankfully this guy unlike Kieran Richardson has stepped up his quality during last season and hopefully improves even more.

United took the lead after 5 minutes with CR7 cutting in from the left and scoring a goal similar to the one he scored against Fulham. Nani will be taking this position in the future and hopefully he can emulate the guy he is being touted as.

As expected the guy to watch out for Ono has created a lot of problems to the defence, and has equalized for the Japanese Reds after turning it round Evans. It would have been very tough to imagine someone taking the ball round Rio or Vidic in a similar fashion, and Evans has to step up his quality and tackling if he has to become a regular member of the squad.

Overall a good match for the Red Devils, although the scoreline doesn’t suggest that. Hopefully they make the scorelines in the matches to come reflect that.

Final Score: 2-2 (0/1 right predictions by your Ed).

Team Line-ups:

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand (Evans, 45), Vidic (Simpson, 45), Evra (Silvestre, 45), Ronaldo, Fletcher, Carrick (O’Shea, 69), Giggs (Smith, 69), Scholes, Rooney
Subs: Kuszczak, Heaton, Bardsley

Urawa Red Diamonds: Tsukuki (Yamagishi, 45), Hosogai, Horinouchi, Nene, Yamada, Uchidate (Hiriwaka, 45), Hasebe, Soma (Okano, 91), Ono, Ponte (Koike, 83), Tanaka (Nagai, 75)
Subs: Tsutsumi, Sakai, Nishizawa

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Cristiano Ronaldo Documentary

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on June 24, 2007

The story of the wing wizard from Madeira

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2006-07 Cristiano Ronaldo goals

Posted by Sharath Ciddu on June 19, 2007

All the goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in the season 2006-2007. Hope he scores more next season.

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