Manchester United - Ronaldo Steals The Show
UK time is: 22:00:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ronaldo Steals The Show

MAN UTD: Van der Sar, Neville (Vidic 69), Brown, Silvestre,Evra (Bardsley 81), Ronaldo, Smith, Park (Rooney 69),Richardson, Saha, van Nistelrooy.
Subs Not Used: Fletcher, Steele.

FULHAM: Niemi, Rosenior, Knight, Bocanegra, Bridge, Malbranque,Elliott, Brown (Radzinski 46), Boa Morte, Helguson (John 76),McBride.
Subs Not Used: Goma, Warner, Niclas Jensen.

Chris Coleman had a frustrating day, but such is life in the Premiership. Some you win ... some you lose.

Cristiano Ronaldo produced the strikes that made the difference, as he drove home a superb free-kick, then wrapped up victory four minutes from time with an equally clinical close range finish.

But Coleman's outburst at the match officials' failure to spot Ruud van Nistelrooy clearly standing a yard offside in the build-up to United's third, which Louis Saha prodded home, will not take anything away from a great Ronaldo performance.

The action began when Park turned onto Neville's low cross, then chipped a weak effort towards goal which took a massive deflection off Carlos Bocanegra and flew into the corner.

Within 13 minutes Ronaldo swerved the ball left and right, which left Niemi stranded yet again as the winger's 30-yarder flashed into the roof of the Fulham net.

Nemanja Vidic could have had a more solid performance and his lack of inches was twice exposed. Brian McBride profited by leaping over Gary Neville on the first occasion and Heidar Helguson beat Patrice Evra with similar ease at the other post after Wayne Bridge had embarked on a blistering left wing raid.

When Saha prodded home United's third, pouncing on the loose ball when Niemi again repelled Van Nistelrooy, Coleman immediately raced to the TV monitor sensing an offside had been missed in the build-up.

Coleman instantly shot out of the dug-out and referee Martin Atkinson sent him to the stand.

Steed Malbranque almost capitalised on United's defensive vulnerability with a shot Edwin van der Sar needed to claw away after it had taken a deflection off Mikael Silvestre.

By that stage, Silvestre was partnering Vidic at centre-half after the Serbian had replaced Neville in a double change that also brought Rooney's introduction.

However, for once, Rooney was nothing more than a bit part player and it was Ronaldo who finished Fulham off with a clinical low, angled drive after Niemi had once again denied Van Nistelrooy.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 5 2006

Time: 12:47PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Frank Bruno has applied for a job at Arsenal; He thought they were looking for 6ft4 black men who had no defence and liked getting battered around the ring!
Report Abuse
08/02/2006 14:26:00

racit and homophobic!!! I would advise a MOD to remove that right away! dispicable!!!!!!!!!
Report Abuse
09/02/2006 14:27:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

United Will Not Do A Liverpool! (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Memphis on Recovery Days! (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Valdes Now Spoilt for Choice (Wednesday October 7 2015)

You Can Have It Both Ways! (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Rojo Pulls Out of Argentina Squad (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Rooney Fitness Doubt for England (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Shaw Makes First Carrington Return (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Martial Scoops PFA Award (Tuesday October 6 2015)

United Legends - Alex Stepney (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Carrick - Team Must Accept Criticism (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Man City 8 6 0 2 +12 18
2. Arsenal 8 5 1 2 +6 16
3. Man Utd 8 5 1 2 +4 16
4. Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 +4 15
5. Leicester City 8 4 3 1 +2 15
6. West Ham 8 4 2 2 +6 14
7. Everton 8 3 4 1 +4 13

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Getting Shirty For Sir Bobby
Newcastle : 07/10/2015 21:34:01
Shawcross makes competitive return
Stoke : 07/10/2015 21:12:00
Schelotto Discussing Leicester Move?
Leicester City : 07/10/2015 18:05:00
Defensive Resilience Delights Fuchs
Leicester City : 07/10/2015 17:58:01
Schlupp On Goal & Vardy
Leicester City : 07/10/2015 17:47:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Arsenal?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 13%
Young 0%
Smalling 0%
Blind 0%
Darmian 0%
Carrick 0%
Schweinsteiger 8%
Mata 5%
Depay 2%
Rooney 0%
Martial 72%
Valencia 0%
Fellaini 0%
Wilson 0%