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Sheff Utd v Man Utd
Bramall Lane
Saturday, 18 November
Kick-off: 1500 GMT 

Manchester United skipper Gary Neville has recovered from his calf problem, while Cristiano Ronaldo has overcome his ankle injury.

Patrice Evra is likely to get the nod at left-back ahead of Gabriel Heinze.

 Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Neville, O'Shea, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Heinze, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Richardson, Saha, Rooney, Smith

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson:
"Like every other club coming out of the Championship, his team will be fighting for points.

"When you look at the bottom of the league, there are eight or nine teams down there all within two or three points of each other.

"It must give them optimism they can stay up."


17.11.06 19:05



Blackburn 0-1 Man Utd


Manchester United maintained their three-point advantage at the Premiership summit with a hugely impressive victory at Blackburn.

Louis Saha turned in the 64th minute winner after Ryan Giggs had brilliantly retrieved John O'Shea's cross.

Wayne Rooney should have put United out of sight in the first half, missing two glorious chances to score.

But Blackburn were barely seen as an attacking force, and United's victory margin should have been more emphatic.

Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, predictably, were United's main source of danger in a first 45 minutes they dominated completely.


Blackburn v United: Player ratings

Van der Sar: His defence kept Rovers attack away from danger area but one good late save 6

Neville: Didn't bomb on with the success and dynamism of the Portsmouth match 6

Evra: Another neat, tidy and strong display to add to the ever growing list 7

Ferdinand: Successfully kept the lid on McCarthy danger with no frills resistance 7

Vidic: The Serb was in his usual no-nonsense menacing mood 8

Ronaldo: Not everything came off for him but he was a persistent problem for Blackburn 8

Scholes: Was United's star in the early part of game when they were struggling to get going 8

Carrick: Kept it nice and simple with the odd killer ball thrown in 6

Giggs: Not at his superb best but was still the one man alive to the goal chance 7

Rooney: Should have been match winner with a string of gilt-edged chances but his general play got him off hook 8

Saha: Was in slippery form and inevitable he should be on the end of match-winning chance 8


O'Shea (sub Neville 45): Had a hand in goal 6

Silvestre (sub Evra 89): No problems to deal with 5

Fletcher (sub Ronaldo 90): No time to get involved 5


12.11.06 12:54

Man Utd 3-0 Portsmouth
Manchester United marked Sir Alex Ferguson's 20 years as manager by cruising to victory - and extending their Premiership lead to three points.

Louis Saha opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Portsmouth's Dejan Stefanovic tripped Wayne Rooney.

Cristiano Ronaldo then scored a superb free-kick, while David James denied Gary Neville three times in the match.

Niko Kranjcar missed a great chance for Pompey before Nemanja Vidic headed his first goal at Old Trafford.


  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson:
    "We have had a fantastic start (to the season). Historically, we don't always have good starts.

    "We have made one this year and we need to take advantage of it.

    "I have to be honest and say there is a confidence about the place that suggests we are now in a position to pull out all the stops and go for it."

  • Portsmouth assistant manager Joe Jordan:
    "I am sure they are capable of giving the reigning champions a real run for their money.

    "They still have to prove they are capable of maintaining that form throughout the season.

    "But at this moment in time, there is no question they are flying. They are playing with great confidence."


    Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo (Fletcher 75), Carrick (Silvestre 71), Scholes, Giggs, Rooney (O'Shea 75), Saha.
    Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Brown.

    Goals: Saha 3 pen, Ronaldo 10, Vidic 66.

    Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, O'Brien, Stefanovic, Taylor, Pedro Mendes, Davis, Kranjcar (Hughes 84), Fernandes (Cole 46), O'Neil, Mwaruwari (LuaLua 66).
    Subs Not Used: Kiely, Kanu.

    Booked: Davis.

    Att: 76,004

    6.11.06 17:40

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    FC Copenhagen 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United paid the price for complacency and fielding a weakened side and crashed to a shock Champions League defeat to FC Copenhagen.

    Former Aston Villa striker Marcus Allback poked home the winner after 73 minutes to leave United still with work to do to reach the knockout phase.

    And Sir Alex Ferguson's side had only themselves to blame for a lacklustre approach and a host of missed chances.


    2.11.06 17:13

    Bolton 0-4 Man Utd
    A Wayne Rooney treble kept Manchester United top of the table as Bolton lost at home for the first time this season.

    Rooney slammed United into an early lead after receiving a perfect pass from England team-mate Michael Carrick.

    And he made it two with a cool curling shot from just outside the box as United dominated the early stages.

    Bolton were unable to hit back and Cristiano Ronaldo slotted in a third before the brilliant Rooney completed his hat-trick with a fine solo effort.

    Player ratings

    Van der SAR - had the best view in the house for 25 minutes, and a physical battle with Bolton's front line after that 6

    Neville - Not really a day for United defenders, but he overlapped to good effect and tidied at the back 6

    Ferdinand - Could afford to have an easy day of it with his defensive partner in such commanding form 6

    Vidic - Awesome at the back at a time when Bolton tried to bludgeon their way back into the game through physical presence 8

    Evra - Found the going a bit too physical once Bolton got into gear, and ended up being stretchered off 6

    Carrick - Amid all the flamboyance and the flair, he was available to keep the cogs oiled with smart, quick passing 8

    Ronaldo - Played his part in a magnificent opening 25 minutes by United, but drifted in and out of the game after that 7

    Giggs - Sublime at times in the first half, and his work rate didn't drop when the match became more of a contest 7

    Scholes - His passing was as sweet and sure as ever, and he still put in the customary rattling tackles when needed 8

    Rooney - Two goals of supreme quality completed his fightback from poor form - back at his monstrous best 9

    Saha - Should have scored in second half, and that would have been a fitting reward for his link-up play 7


    Heinze (for Evra 62 mins) - eased back into action after Wednesday's exertions 5

    O'Shea (for Saha 84) - Just a tidying up job to do when he came on 5

    Fletcher (for Giggs 84) - His only job was to see the game to the final whistle 5


    29.10.06 11:31

    Man Utd 2-0 Liverpool
    Paul Scholes scored on his 500th appearance to set Manchester United on their way to a deserved victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    The midfielder forced the ball home after keeper Jose Reina had got a hand to his initial shot after 39 minutes.

    That came after Dirk Kuyt had wasted Liverpool's best effort with a free header from Mark Gonzalez's cross.

    Rio Ferdinand smashed in a second to make it 2-0 after 66 minutes as United returned to the top of the Premiership.


    Team Line-ups

    United: Van der Sar, Neville (c) (O’Shea, 78), Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Saha.
    Subs not used: Kuszczak, Brown, Ronaldo, Solskjaer.

    Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Hyypia, Carragher, Riise, Garcia, Alonso (Crouch, 70), Sissoko, Gerrard (c), Gonzalez (Pennant, 53), Kuyt.
    Subs not used: Dudek, Warnock, Paletta.

    Ronaldo was out because he suffered a flu and hamstring injury.

    Goals maybe to follow later.

    22.10.06 18:50

    Man Utd v Liverpool
    Old Trafford
    Sunday, 22 October
    Kick-off: 1300 BST
    Man Utd: Going into the weekend: 1st 19 points
    Liverpool: Going into the weekend: 11th 11 points

    A defeat for Liverpool would leave them trailing by 11 points and severely dent their hopes catching the front runners.
    Skipper Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand seem certain to return to the Manchester United defence after missing the midweek Champions League victory.

    Gabriel Heinze and Ryan Giggs could also feature, but Mikael Silvestre and Park Ji-Sung remain sidelined.

    Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Heinze, Evra, Fletcher, Ronaldo, Solskjaer, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Richardson, Rooney, Saha, Smith.

    20.10.06 11:20

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