Date:Friday July 20 2007
United crushed Seoul 4-0 in the second game of their Asian tour without ever getting out of second gear.
The Reds started the match with an unusual line-up: Cristiano Ronaldo played up front while Eagles and Evra covered the wings. Phil Bardsley, recalled from his loan at Aston Villa, got the nod on the right side of the defence while Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were on the substitutes' bench.
After only six minutes, United were in the lead as Rooney laid the ball in the path of Ronaldo who picked it up 20 yards out and ignoring Eagles who was in a good position unleashed a low drive which beat the Korean keeper and found the net at his right-hand post.
United were hardly amazing but controlled the game with ease against their limited opponents. We did not create tons of chances and for most of the time were reduced to shooting from distance but it was enough: 13 minutes after the first goal, we were two up. Eagles controlled the ball in front of the penalty area, beat the onrushing defender then fired a low shot that flew straight into the low corner.
The Koreans have shown some skills on occasions but generally, they could not trouble a confident United defence in the first half and when Ronaldo picked up a long pass, released Rooney who beat a defender then found the net with a not-so-perfectly placed shot it was clear that the game was over as a contest.
The start of the second half saw the introduction of Giggs, Scholes, Smith, Simpson and Kuszczak replacing Ronaldo, Carrick, Rooney, Bardsley and Van der Sar. United were not brilliant in the first half but in the second 45 minutes, they were waiting for the game to be finished. Therefore, FC Seoul had much more of the game but could not trouble our Polish keeper and the men in red could even increase their lead: Giggs took the ball into the heart of the Korean's midfield then released Evra who cut in from the left and curled the ball into the far corner.
The remaining 30 minutes were pretty quiet: the job was done, Fergie and the spectators were happy. Good work.
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