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United stamp their authority

Published: Tuesday 27 August 2002, 21.00CET
Manchester United FC 5-0 Zalaegerszegi TE (Aggregate: 5-1) United stride on.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedZTE

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 27 August 2002, 21.00CET

United stamp their authority

Manchester United FC 5-0 Zalaegerszegi TE (Aggregate: 5-1) United stride on.

Manchester United FC 5-0 Zalaegerzegi TE (United win 5-1 on aggregate)
Manchester United FC strode into the first group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a devastating second-leg performance at Old Trafford tonight.

All change
Despite an embarrassing 1-0 defeat in Hungary a fortnight ago, Sir Alex Ferguson's men had always maintained they would progress from this third qualifying round tie. And, once Ruud van Nistelrooij had opened the scoring in the sixth minute, the outcome was never in doubt. Last season's Champions League top scorer, with ten goals, added another along with strikes from David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Rousing night
To give Ferguson further reason to be happy, Rio Ferdinand came through unscathed after an ankle injury in his first competitive game for the Reds. However, there was one negative from a rousing night, when Paul Scholes left the field on a stretcher in the second half.

Quick start
United were quickly into their stride, constantly keeping possession and stifling Zalaegerzeg in midfield. Juan Sebastián Veron was recalled for Nicky Butt, and he worked tirelessly alongside David Beckham, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs.

Surge forward
Van Nistelrooij's first of the evening came when he strode on to a Scholes pass and surged towards goal. Sasa Ilic came out to close him down but the Dutch striker tucked the ball under his body and the subsequent celebrations from United indicated just how much a place in European football's premier club competition means to them.

Ankle injury
Beckham hit the second with a splendid free-kick that soared into the top corner before England team-mate Scholes rattled in a third following some persistent play. However, the midfield player's joy was soon to turn to agony after jarring his ankle trying to make a tackle soon after the break.

Easy night
Afterwards, Ferguson said Scholes would be missing for at least a fortnight but he was pleased with the performance of Ferdinand, the world's most expensive defender who had been injured in a pre-season friendly. It was an easy night for Ferdinand, and he barely broke a sweat by the time he was substituted in the 68th minute.

No answer
Zalaegerzeg, whose best chance had come from Krisztián Kenesi's free-kick just before half-time, had no answer to United's controlled display. But the game sparked into life again with barely 20 minutes to play as Van Nistelrooij was felled by Ilic's high boot, after a challenge in the penalty area. The goalkeeper was dismissed and Van Nistelrooij picked himself up to score past substitute Geza Turi.

Forlan denied
There was still time for Solskjær to score late on but the United crowd were to be denied a first goal in United colours from Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan. He had the ball in the net just before the end only for an offside flag to be raised. 

'Work hard'
"With the ability of the team, we knew we had to work hard to get the result," said Giggs afterwards. "A team like Manchester Unted deserves to play with the best."

Last updated: 28/08/02 0.55CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

zalaegerszeg

Zalaegerszeg

13
CarrollRoy Carroll
12
IlicSasa Ilic
Red Card74
3
P. NevillePhil Neville
4
SzamosiTamás Szamosi
4
VerónJuan Verón
5
BudišaIgor Budiša
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
6
UrbánFlórián Urbán (C)
6
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Substitution68
7
MolnárBalazs Molnár
Yellow Card89
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham
Goal14
Substitution72
10
BabatiFerenc Babati
Substitution75
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal5
Goal75
15
EgressyGábor Egressy
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
17
CsókaZsolt Csóka
16
KeaneRoy Keane (C)
20
KeneseiKrisztián Kenesei
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Goal20
Substitution50
22
LjubojevicDarko Ljubojevic
Substitution59
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
77
Ottó VinczeOttó Vincze
Substitution63

Substitutes

30
WilliamsBen Williams
1
TuriGéza Turi
Substitution75
15
ChadwickLuke Chadwick
8
SaboRadu Sabo
17
StewartMichael Stewart
11
FaragoIstván Farago
Substitution59
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Substitution50
Goal83
18
KralRadoslav Kral
21
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution72
19
KoplárovicsBéla Koplárovics
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution68
21
BalogCsaba Balog
Substitution63
39
TierneyPaul Tierney
23
JózsiGyörgy Jozsi

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Péter Bozsik (HUN)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Antonio Manuel Perdigao Da Silva (POR)

Fourth official

João Ferreira (POR)

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