Date:Friday July 20 2007
Utd cruised to a 4-0 win in there latest match in the tour of Asia, with Ronaldo putting in another Stellar performance.
In a much improved performance to that of against Urawa Reds, United wasted no time in gaining the upper hand, finding themselves 3-0 up after just 21 minutes. The first goal, scored by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo came on 6 minutes after sloppy defending from the Korean side, let Ronaldo through unmarked, and from 20 yards he netted a low, scorching strike to the right hand post of the bemused Kim Byung-Ji.
United continued to create chances, with Rooney and Ronaldo orchestrating most of United attacks, but they had to wait until 19 minutes to score again when Ronaldo cheekily set up youngster Chris Eagles, who had time to choose his spot and place it in the back of the net. United found themselves a further goal up just 2 minutes later, when Ronaldo again the provider, passed for Wayne Rooney to strike home United`s third.
United made numerous changes at half time, with both Rooney and Ronaldo being replaced, and in the opening stages of the second half FC Seoul were the more dominant. However, United weathered the brief storm and on 60 minutes scored the fourth of the night when Ryan Giggs through-balled for Patrice Evra, who impressed all night in his newly adopted position on the Left Wing, completing a fine display with a coolly taken finish.
United continued to dominate, as Seoul looked deflated but failed to score a fifth, but all in all it was a fine display from the whole team, and none more so then Cristiano Ronaldo, who continued on his great form from last season, reassuring us that we can expect yet another memorable season from the Portuguese captain.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, united manager Sir Alex Ferguson reflected on what had been a fine display, whilst also shedding light on a possible new tactic to be used in away games, involving both Rooney and Ronaldo up top.
"We looked at a system where we could get the qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney together. This is a system we could maybe play away from home. It was interesting and they worked well together. They showed good understanding and changed positions a few times which caused their defence problems. That was a plus-point for us. Cristiano got the Man of the Match award for 45 minutes` work!"
Sir Alex went on to say considering the humid conditions, that he was more than happy with the result, putting much emphasis on the speed and energy that United were able to withstand throughout.
"In the first half again we were pleased with the speed of the play, it was a good start, and the first half saw our best moments. The energy, movement and intensity of our game was good, but the humidity and the heat can slow you down. It was hot out there, I felt it myself on the bench! It was a good result and a good performance against a team with a lot of speed in their team. We had to be aware of that because they created a few chances for themselves in the second half. In the main we are pleased."
Sir Alex also heaped special praise one youngster Chris Eagles, who scored United`s second in what was an impressive display.
"He has improved and matured a lot since he came back from his loan spell. Towards the end of last season he started to mature really well for us. He is still only 20 years of age and he has got a good future ahead of him."
Eagles himself could not contain his delight after the game, stating how it was a "dream" to play for Manchester United again.
"It was a fantastic atmosphere here and a dream for me to play for Manchester United again. (My goal came from) a great pass from Ronaldo. I didn't think he'd seen me but he dragged it back and I've just slotted it in similar to (the goal I scored at) Everton. We got our first goal quite early and, to be honest, we were just looking to settle and hopefully more goals would come. Then we went 3-0 up and the game was effectively dead then. But it was a brilliant game and it was enjoyable to be part of it.'
Eagles then went on to talk about what has been a special year for him, after coming back from Holland on a loan spell with NEC Nijmegan.
"It's been a brilliant year for me. Coming back from Holland, breaking into the first-team squad and training every day - that's what I've been aiming to do since I moved up from London at age 14. To come on tour and get a game and score is a dream come true."
Eagles finished by expressing his delight at breaking into a Utd squad which is full of attacking qualities already, stating how he feels "proud" every chance he gets to war a United shirt.
"I'm learning every day. Obviously Scholesy, Giggsy and Gary Neville have gone through what I'm going through now. They know what it's all about. It's hard to break through at United. Every time I play for United, whether it's in the Reserves, the youth side or the first-team, I'm just proud to put that shirt on and play for the team.'
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