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United show their class

Published: Thursday 6 December 2001
Two goals from Ruud van Nistelrooij helped a much-improved Manchester United FC ease past Boavista FC 3-0 in Wednesday's Group A meeting.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedBoavista

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
11
Corners9
 
6
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed19
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2001

United show their class

Two goals from Ruud van Nistelrooij helped a much-improved Manchester United FC ease past Boavista FC 3-0 in Wednesday's Group A meeting.

Manchester United FC 3-0 Boavista FC. Two goals from Ruud van Nistelrooij helped a much-improved Manchester United FC ease past Boavista FC in their UEFA Champions League Group A meeting at Old Trafford stadium.

Incisive passing
The Dutch forward struck 15 minutes either side of half-time as United swept aside their Portuguese opponents with a blend of quick movement and incisive passing. But although United dominated the game, both sides had let slip a string of chances before Van Nistelrooij opened the scoring.

Trio go close
Boavista's trio of Silva, Duda and Petit all tested United's French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez inside a frantic first ten minutes, and Juan Sebastián Veron twice went close for the hosts.

Curling effort
First Veron tried a curling effort from 20 metres that tested Ricardo Soares in the visitors' goal. Then Laurent Blanc, arguably having his best game in a United shirt, turned defence into attack with a vital interception on the edge of his own area. The ball was threaded forward to Van Nistelrooij, who in turn found Dwight Yorke. The 30-year-old striker laid the ball off for Veron, whose searing drive whistled over the Portuguese side's crossbar.

Ruud opener
By now the warning bells were ringing for the visitors and they were sliced apart on the half hour when Philip Neville and Veron exchanged passes on the right and the defender delivered a square ball into the penalty area. Van Nistelrooij advanced to side-foot the ball underneath Soares from six metres out and put United into the lead.

Blanc on target
Ten minutes after half-time Veron's corner from the right was met by the unmarked Blanc six metres out and the Frenchman headed the ball inside the far post to double United's lead.

Angled third
United went three goals ahead five minutes later after Yorke gained possession on the halfway line and surged forward, stretching a flat Boavista defence. Yorke timed a through-ball for Van Nistelrooij, who nudged the ball forward and looked up before despatching an angled shot past Soares and just inside the far post.

Last updated: 15/11/12 20.47CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

boavista

Boavista

1
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Substitution77
4
Paulo TurraPaulo Turra
4
VerónJuan Verón
5
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel (C)
Yellow Card74
6
BlancLaurent Blanc
Goal55
6
ErivanErivan
8
ButtNicky Butt
7
Jorge SilvaJorge Silva
Substitution61
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal31
Goal62
Substitution88
8
DudaDuda
12
P. NevillePhil Neville
11
SilvaSilva
Substitution58
16
KeaneRoy Keane (C)
Yellow Card17
23
FrechautFrechaut
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Yellow Card53
Substitution85
25
PetitPetit
19
YorkeDwight Yorke
30
Alex GoulartAlex Goulart
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
37
SánchezErwin Sánchez
Substitution69

Substitutes

13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
70
WilliamWilliam (GK)
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham
2
Rui ÓscarRui Óscar
15
ChadwickLuke Chadwick
10
SantosMárcio Santos
Substitution58
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Substitution88
16
MartelinhoMartelinho
Substitution61
22
WallworkRonnie Wallwork
18
Pedro SantosPedro Santos
Substitution69
25
FortuneQuinton Fortune
Substitution85
19
Mário LojaMário Loja
30
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution77
55
GlauberGlauber

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Antonio Jesus Lopez Nieto (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Salvador Chirino Rivera (ESP)

Fourth official

Evaristo Puentes Leira (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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