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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

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



    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


    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

    Sheff Utd 1-2 Man Utd
    Wayne Rooney scored twice as leaders Manchester United came from behind to beat Sheffield United.

    The Blades took a surprise lead when Keith Gillespie headed in Derek Geary's cross against his former club.

    But Rooney hauled the visitors level when he coolly found the net from a Gary Neville cross.

    Rooney won it on 75 minutes when he drilled in Patrice Evra's cross before Cristiano Ronaldo hit the crossbar and then blazed over from just three yards.

    Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (Heinze 80), Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Saha.
    Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Fletcher, Silvestre.

    Booked: Giggs.

    Goals: Rooney 30, 75.

    Att: 32,584



    Van der Sar: Sheffield goal took him by surprise and everything else he had to do was routine 6

    Neville: Up and down the line with great purpose but should have scored early for Reds 7

    Evra: Failed to pick up Gillespie for goal and crossing was questionable until great effort for Rooney winner 5

    Ferdinand: Only really had Hulse to worry about and Vidic looked after him 6

    Vidic: Boot and head on everything that came his way and kept United solid 7

    Ronaldo: Some extravagant trickery almost came off and was always a danger - except from five yards! 7

    Carrick: With Scholes off colour he had chance to shine. Played some smart stuff 6

    Scholes: His least effective game of a fantastic season so far. Can't be great all the time! 5

    Giggs: Caused the Blades untold problems when he got up a head of steam 7

    Rooney: Every touch he had posed a difficulty for Sheffield and two great strikes 8

    Saha:His touch let him down on occasions but he did battle hard 6


    Heinze (sub Evra 81): Untroubled cameo 5

    19.11.06 20:28

    Fucking underserved win....

    Celtic 1-0 Man Utd
    Celtic edged through to the knockout phase of the Champions League thanks to a wonderful Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick and a penalty save from Artur Boruc.

    The Japanese star curled a sweet 30-yard strike into the top corner after 80 minutes to brighten what had been a cagey affair.

    Manchester United striker Louis Saha was guilty of a terrible miss when he appeared to assume he was offside.

    And Saha's night got worse when Boruc saved his last-minute penalty kick.

    Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Heinze (Evra 87), Ronaldo, Carrick (O'Shea 87), Scholes, Giggs, Saha, Rooney.
    Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Brown, Richardson, Fletcher, Silvestre.

    Booked: Scholes.

    Player ratings

    Van der Sar - Had no chance with the goal and had little else to do 6

    Neville - Solid defensively and got forward to good effect 7

    Ferdinand -  A calm presence at the back and his distribution was solid 6

    Vidic - Harshly penalised for free-kick which led to goal and otherwise solid 6

    Heinze - His usual combative self without causing many problems going forward 6

    Carrick - Knitted United's dominant midfield play together 7

    Scholes - Started brightly but faded 6

    Giggs - Looked dangerous in the first half but went missing after the break 6

    Ronaldo - A constant threat down the right and his direct running, especially in the second half, was dangerous 7

    Rooney - A couple of useful efforts and put Saha through for a good chance late on 7

    Saha - Missed one good chance and then the penalty 5


    Evra - No time to make an impact

    O'Shea - No time to make an impact

    23.11.06 16:19

    Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea

    Ricardo Carvalho's second-half header prevented leaders Manchester United from going six points clear of Chelsea.

    Louis Saha gave United a first-half lead after a wonderful piece of skill, bending the ball past Carlo Cudicini.

    The game developed an intriguing ebb and flow in the second half as Saha twice went close, while Frank Lampard rained in a series of shots in reply.

    And Carvalho earned Chelsea that point when he powered a header past Edwin van der Sar from a Lampard corner.

    If United had the better of the first half, Chelsea were well worth the draw given their impressive second-half display.

     Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Heinze, Ronaldo (Fletcher 86), Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Saha (O'Shea 86).
    Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Evra, Silvestre.

    Booked: Carrick.

    Goals: Saha 29.


    Player ratings

    Van der Sar: Solid during the isolated moments when Chelsea penetrated 7

    Neville: Helped ensure his England colleague Ashley Cole was the busier defender 7

    Heinze: Sturdy resistance knocked likes of Drogba out of their stride at times 7

    Ferdinand: Hardly let Shevchenko or Drogba get a sight of United's goal but out-climbed for equaliser 7

    Vidic: Felt the illegal force of a few errant arms and elbows but he never flinched 8

    Ronaldo: Always looked to penetrate whenever he was on the ball and his slippery runs caused problems 8

    Carrick: Maybe didn't shine as a creative force but neither did Lampard or Ballack so he did a job 7

    Scholes: Just about shaded it in an star-studded engine room confrontation 7

    Giggs: If he could have enticed a touch on one or two of his supplies he could have been formidable 7

    Rooney: Even some of his brute force couldn't squeeze him past a stubborn Chelsea defence 7

    Saha: After his Glasgow woe his finish was a personal triumph 8


    O'Shea (sub Saha 85) No frills cameo 5

    Fletcher (sub Ronaldo 85) No real chance to get involved 5


    30.11.06 15:39

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