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Man Utd 4 Charlton Athletic 0

MAN UTD: Van der Sar, Neville (Vidic 62), Ferdinand, Brown,Silvestre, Ronaldo, O'Shea (Scholes 45), Giggs, Richardson,Saha (Solskjaer 61), Rossi.

Subs Not Used: Howard, Fletcher.

CHARLTON ATH: Andersen, Sankofa (Fortune 45), Sorondo, Perry,Powell, Holland, Kishishev, Euell (Ambrose 61), Hughes,Bartlett, Darren Bent (Sam 45).

Subs Not Used: Randolph, Bothroyd.

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United made that Premiership runners-up spot their own, but it was the massive story BEFORE the game concerning Ruud van Nistelrooy that was all the talk of the day.

Man Utd issued a statement confirming van Nistelrooy had 'gone home' because he wasn't included in the team.

The Dutchman was out in the cold, but Louis Saha, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kieran Richardson all found the net in his absence, as well as unlucky Charlton veteran Jason Euell.

Rossi had already carved out a couple of half chances for himself when Richardson let fly with a brutal 30-yard shot which crashed down off the crossbar. And it was not long before Charlton keeper Stephan Andersen was picking the ball out of his net though as Saha rose to glance home a Ryan Giggs corner.

Ronaldo made it two midway through the half, with Giggs again supplying the assist.
After failing to make any contact with his first attempt to convert the Welshman's low cross, Ronaldo was no doubt grateful for a kind rebound which offered him a second attempt to fire home his 12th goal of another mixed campaign.

There was also an element of good fortune about United's third, although Ronaldo could argue it was his far post run which harassed Euell into turning Saha's low cross into his own net.

The introduction of two old stagers, Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, either side of Richardson's effort only reinforced the sense of a carnival.

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The Journalist

Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 8 2006

Time: 9:01PM

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god sir alex dont understand that you need van nistlerooy in the squad
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08/05/2006 21:57:00

van nistlerooy is an awesome player but now its time for im 2 go and for saha to stay in the team
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09/05/2006 16:28:00

No one player is bigger than the team jono, and you'll learn that as you grow up.
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10/05/2006 02:18:00

Personally i think Van Nistelrooy is a good player but saha is just creeping on top of him... he is a good player aswell and i think he deserves the place more than Van Nisterlrooy!! C'MOn MAn U
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10/05/2006 21:21:00

if ruud wants 2 fu*k about then he can do it in a different club because next season man utd will be on top!
MaN uTd GaL
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15/05/2006 18:30:00


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