Another Impressive Display
Manchester United eased to a 3-0 victory against Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth, thus beating the 3rd and 4th place teams within a week.
After the disgraceful performance at Copenhagen, this time United quickly confirmed there will be no shock here: in the 3rd minute, Gary Neville's long throw was controlled by Rooney in the box when Stefanovic fouled him from behind. It was a definite penalty and Louis Saha coolly placed his shot into the left side of the net.
Seven minutes later, we were two up. Saha got a kick on his knee by Davis 25 yards out and Ronaldo fired the free-kick inside of the left-hand post.
The rest of the half was scattered with spurned chances - even Gary Neville could have got a brace! David James was outstanding, though, so United still only had a two-goal advantage when five minutes before the interval the visitors had their first shot on goal. Gary O'Neill's powerful drive was beaten away by van der Sar but despite this late chance, the two-goal difference was distinctly flattering for Redknapp's team.
The second half started, unsurprisingly, with United missing chances. Rooney shot wide after a fine back-heel from Saha then Giggs and Saha both had opportunities but it was Vidic who headed in the Red Devils' third after Gary Neville's superb cross.
The rest of the game was a quiet affair, with the hosts creating and spurning chances at will. An easy victory for United who are still top of the table and have a massive goal difference of +21. Good work, lads, happy anniversary, Sir Alex!
Van der Sar 6
Gary Neville 7