Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

United 3 Newcastle 0

United 3 Newcastle 0

United got off to the start they craved last night with an emphatic 3-0 win over a spirited, but limited Newcastle United side.

Sir Alex chose to go with the experienced strike pair of Rooney and Berbatov whilst also choosing to leave his two major summer signings, Hernandez and Smalling, on the bench. Michael Owen, who had played a part in the Community Shield victory over Chelsea, didn`t make the eighteen man final squad. The visitors included an ex-United player in Alan Smith in their ranks.

The visitors got off to a decent start, keeping possession and keeping things tight but the first shot was to come from United with Rooney blazing rather ambitiously over the bar after exchanging a one-two with Nani!.

Newcastle though had a glorious chance to open the scoring with ten minutes played when a Barton corner found the head of Carroll but the striker somehow failed to hit the target with his header going wide.

United fought back and O`Shea thought he`d made the breakthrough but a great block from Smith kept the score at 0-0. The earlier miss by Carroll seemed to provide United with the spark they needed and they were now dominant in possession

Newcastle were still probing though and it took a save from Van der Sar, from a Carroll shot, to keep the game scoreless. Barton received the first yellow card of the game after a poor tackle on Nani, a bit predictable perhaps. A second yellow card was then flashed when Perch let Nani slip in behind him and his unconventional method of stopping the Portuguese winger wasn`t appreciated by the referee, Chris Foy.

As the half hour mark approached some comical defending by the visitors involving Coloccini and Williamson saw the latter seek redemption with a decent challenge on Nani to prevent the winger opening the scoring. United were now getting on top and Berbatov became more involved, first forcing Harper to tip away a cross and then heading down a Valencia cross for Rooney to fire over.

Two minutes later though, with thirty-three minutes played, United took the lead when Berbatov scored. Our visitors were slow to clear the ball and Valencia won possession playing the ball to Scholes who picked out Berbatov lurking on the right corner of the penalty area. The Bulgarians shot was low and hard and past Harper into the far corner of the net.

A response from Newcastle was almost immediate when Gutierrez just failed to pick out Nolan in the six yard box. Barton, pushing forward, then chose the wrong option of shooting straight at Van der Sar instead of picking out a team mate in a better position. Another attack with three Newcastle players faced with three United defenders saw Gutierrez lose possession by over-running the ball and taking a tumble.

Three minutes before half time Newcastle were left to rue those missed chances when United scored a second goal. It came after Nani set Evra free down the flank and his low cross took a touch off Rooney before falling nicely for Fletcher to drill home from close range.

United started the second half as they`d finished the first, on top. Harper did well to collect a Nani cross before Nani scampered clear of Barton before being outnumbered as he approached the penalty area.

Scholes, having a delightful game, picked up a yellow card after a poor tackle on Nolan, not the last he`ll pick up this season we suspect before the midfielder thought he had a legitimate appeal for a penalty turned down after a challenge from Colocinni. Another exceptional pass from Scholes helped create a chance for Berbatov but his shot drifted just wide.

Fletcher was the next name in the book after a rash challenge on Bartonbefore, just past the hour mark, Sir Alex took off Wayne Rooney and introduced Javier Hernandez. Scholes continued to dictate matters in the middle of the park and another smart ball saw Nani hit a shot wide before Fletcher hit an effort straight at Berbatov.

Much of Scholes fine passes were finding Berbatov but one again the chance couldn`t be taken as the Bulgarian volleyed miles wide. Chasing the game Newcastle introduced Ameobi for Nolan and Sir Alex responded by bringing on Giggs in place of Nani.

As the game entered its last fifteen minutes of normal time, Scholes created a chance for Hernandez but the Mexican couldn`t convert it for his first United goal at Old Trafford. Newcastle briefly threatened to get back into the game but Ameobi could only head Barton`s cross wide. Berbatov then forced Harper into a save with his legs as United looked for a third goal after yet another awesome Scholes pass.

Two minutes later, with eighty-five minute son the clock the third goal came. Newcastle lost possession and that man Scholes found Giggs with a dynamic pass who saw his volley hit the ground and flash past Harper into the net.

Game, set and match to United.

Join The Vital Debate

Vital Man United on: facebook

Vital Man United on: twitter



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Tuesday August 17 2010
Time: 5:00PM

Comments

0
It was a good win. Scholes was awesome and hopefully he can do that for the rest of the season.
khoder
18/08/2010 04:31:00
0
Glad to see Berbatov getting more involved in play, a very positive showing from him and he was unlucky to only get 1 goal. Scholes showed why he still is one of the best in midfield and perhaps the best English midfielder, Gerrard and Lampard could both learn a thing or two from him.
TheFamousNo7
18/08/2010 11:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Manchester United Articles

Is the Lindelof Move Set to be Brought Forward?

One source suggests it is!

Are United Set to Announce the Signing of a Winger?

Or is it all just supposition?

Is Mourinho Pushing Rooney Towards the Chinese Super League?

Has Jose Mourinho opened the door and given Wayne Rooney his blessing to pursue the riches on offer in the Chinese Super League?

Most Expensive Player Values - Jan 2017

The Cies Football Observatory have been crunching their numbers again to produce the January 2017 edition of their highest player transfer values for the top leagues across Europe.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Stoke City (a)?
Suggested By: Red Boy
De Gea4%
Valencia4%
Jones2%
Smalling0%
Blind0%
Fellaini2%
Herrera45%
Pogba4%
Mata0%
Ibrahimovic2%
Mkhitaryan10%
Rashford10%
Rooney15%
Lingard2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 22 18 1 3 55 32
2 Arsenal 22 14 5 3 47 27
3 Spurs 22 13 7 2 46 29
4 Liverpool 22 13 6 3 45 24
5 Man City 22 13 4 5 43 15
6 Man Utd 22 11 8 3 41 12
7 Everton 22 10 6 6 36 10
8 WBA 22 9 5 8 32 2
9 Stoke 22 7 7 8 28 -6
10 West Ham 22 8 4 10 28 -7
11 Southampton 22 7 6 9 27 -4
12 AFC Bournemouth 22 7 5 10 26 -7
13 Burnley 22 8 2 12 26 -9
14 Watford 22 6 6 10 24 -13
15 Leicester City 22 5 6 11 21 -13
16 Middlesbrough 22 4 8 10 20 -7
17 Swansea 22 5 3 14 18 -25
18 Crystal Palace 22 4 4 14 16 -11
19 Hull City 22 4 4 14 16 -27
20 Sunderland 22 4 3 15 15 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Jan 26 2017 7:45PM : Hull City (a)
Capital One Cup
Jan 29 2017 4:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
FA Cup
Feb 1 2017 8:00PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 5 2017 4:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 26 2017 2:15PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Yanmispices1
2.softkingvictor1
3.DrAlimo1
Write for Vital Football