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United 5 Birmingham 0

United 5 Birmingham 0

Manchester United extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to twenty-two games with an emphatic 5-0 win over Birmingham City.

United were forced to make an unforeseen change when Rio Ferdinand was ruled out with a groin problem, Chris Smalling stepped in to deputise. With Rafael suspended, John O`Shea filled in at full back.

Team - Van der Sar, Evra, Smalling, Vidic, O`Shea, Anderson, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney

Subs - Kuszczak, Fabio, Evans, Scholes, Gibson, Owen, Obertan

United got off to the best start possible opening the scoring after only two minutes of play. Birmingham had conceded a corner and when Giggs played the ball into the danger area, O`Shea flicked it on and Berbatov steered the ball over the line.

United 1 Birmingham 0 (Berbatov - 2 minutes)

A goal to the good, United continued to push Birmingham back with Ben Foster denying Berbatov a second goal with a fine stop whilst Michael Carrick fired wide.

Birmingham were being continually penned back in their own half, seeking respite with the odd counter-attack. United doubled their lead when Berbatov got his second of the game. The goal coming after the Bulgarian netted after collecting a pass from Rooney after Johnson, at the heart of the Birmingham defence, had conceded possession.

United 2 Birmingham 0 (Berbatov - 31 minutes)

Fahey came closest for Birmingham putting a chance wide from a corner but it was all United with Ryan Giggs putting in a great shift. Giggs was rewarded when he claimed United`s third goal. Berbatov won possession, Rooney sent over a great cross and Giggs was on hand at the far post to net.

United 3 Birmingham 0 (Giggs - 45+2 minutes)

A masterful first forty-five minutes from the only unbeaten team in the Premier League.

Half Time - United 3 Birmingham 0

Fabio came on for the second half, replacing Evra, and United should have scored early on again but Rooney, fed a goal on a plate by Nani, missed from two yards out.

But the goal supply hadn`t dried up when Berbatov got his hat-trick finishing off of the under-side of the bar from a great Giggs cross.

United 4 Birmingham 0 (Berbatov - 53 minutes)

Birmingham then had a glorious chance to reduce the arrears when Fahey was presented with a golden chance some three yards out but he missed. The chance coming after a Nemanja Vidic mistake had allowed Bentley to scamper away before getting a cross in.

United scored a fifth; through Nani; with the Portuguese player smashing an angled drive past Foster only minutes after wasting a good chance to get on the score sheet.

United 5 Birmingham 0 (Nani - 76 minutes)

A splendid performance but United never really had to get into top gear to beat a poor Birmingham side.



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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday January 22 2011
Time: 5:07PM

Comments

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Great game! You have made my day even better (Im a villa fan) by beating the Scum. Hopefully we have added the icing on top of yours by beating city ;)
leeb25
23/01/2011 00:22:00
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A brillitant showing. Rooney displayed once again that he has more to his game than goals, which appears everyone has forgotten about (do remember he wasn't a prolific goalscorer before last season). Berby is living up to his expectations and Giggs puts in another master-class showing. To top it all the 'title challenging City' (if there ever was one) lost.
TheFamousNo7
23/01/2011 13:24:00
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