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Manchester United 3 Glasgow Celtic 1

Manchester United 3 Glasgow Celtic 1

United strolled to a win in their first fixture of the North American pre-season tour.

Sir Alex Ferguson has made a fair point that the results are not that important on this pre-season tour and that everything is focused towards the opening Premier League fixture of the season, against Newcastle.

But he`d have been pleased that a side shorn of so many of its stars managed to dismiss the challenge of Celtic quite easily. He`d also have been pleased that one of his forwards who has been under so much pressure, Dimitar Berbatov, played a prominent role in the victory.

United had to wait thirty-four minutes for their first goal and it was the Bulgarian who scored it. Collecting a cross from Mame Biram Diouf, Berbatov controlled it sweetly before firing past the keeper.

With a slender lead at half time, United lost some of the impetus that they`d had in the opening half. Ferguson had withdrawn the veteran pair of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes whilst his opposite number had mixed things up by introducing the Greek forward who used to play for Manchester City, Georgios Samaras.

And it was to be the Greek that pulled City level when he coolly slotted home after United new-boy, Chris Smalling had fouled the Celtic new-boy, Joe Ledley, in the area.

The game could have gone either way but it was United who upped the tempo and with twelve minutes left on the clock it was that man Berbatov who produced a great cross for Danny Welbeck to score from close range.

United then wrapped the game up when Berbatov exchanged passes with young Tom Cleverley and the youngster saw his shot, from outside the area, take a wicked deflection to beat the Celtic goalkeeper.

Post match, amongst many other things, Sir Alex had this to say about the game,
'The second goal killed the game.'
"A really fantastic goal, too. Marvellous bit of football from Berbatov.'

A good start, let`s see if we can keep it going!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday July 17 2010
Time: 12:39PM


This should've done Berby a world of good.
17/07/2010 12:55:00
Nah. Friendly against the might of Celtic is hardly a test for a player of his calibre.Until he accomplishes something tangible in league terms or against a much higher-profile friendly opponent, he won't get his groove back.
17/07/2010 13:15:00
So you don't think a good pre-season will motivate him to do well in the league?
17/07/2010 15:25:00
always nice to see Celtic get beat though!
17/07/2010 20:28:00
3-1 against a Scottish pub team, yet every rag I hear is totally over the moon about it. It seems to me that you reds are getting a bit hysterical in your hunt for a bit of good news to cling to. Hell, The MUEN even has an article about an otter predicting that manure will finish above City this season - and the majority of your fans are taking it seriously! Hard times ahead
18/07/2010 13:12:00
Thats because even the most simplistic animals have more brain cells and sense than you city fans!
18/07/2010 19:14:00
Oh feck! the deflected/own goals are starting again ;)
20/07/2010 11:46:00
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