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Rampant Rooney starts in style

Published: Wednesday 29 September 2004, 0.11CET
Manchester United FC 6-2 Fenerbahçe SK Wayne Rooney registers a sparkling hat-trick on his debut.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedFenerbahçe

Goals scored6
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners1
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed21
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 29 September 2004, 0.11CET

Rampant Rooney starts in style

Manchester United FC 6-2 Fenerbahçe SK Wayne Rooney registers a sparkling hat-trick on his debut.

By Jonathan Caswell at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney marked his Manchester United FC debut with a sensational hat-trick, his first senior competitive treble, as the English side collected their opening win in this year's UEFA Champions League in a lively Group D encounter with Fenerbahçe SK.

Great atmosphere
Amid a buzzing Old Trafford atmosphere, all eyes were on teenaged England striker Rooney as his team-mates tried to involve him from the start. But it was fellow forward Ruud van Nistelrooij who had the first attempt after five minutes - turning on a through ball but shooting tamely into the arms of Rüstü Reçber.

Giggs scores
Three minutes later it was the European veteran of this United side, Ryan Giggs, who put the two-time champions in front. Eric Djemba-Djemba won the ball in his own half, fed Kleberson down the left and his cross was met by the marauding Giggs, whose brilliant header flew into the corner of the net.

Rooney dangerous
A minute later, Rooney showed the crowd what he could do, with a trademark run from deep only for his shot to be cleared for a corner. Six minutes later he was at it again, picking the ball up on the edge of the Fenerbahçe area, showing Deniz Baris a clean pair of heels, evading the on-rushing goalkeeper but lifting his shot over the bar.

Rooney rocket
Rooney eventually made it 2-0 just three minutes later, latching on to a perfect pass from Van Nistelrooij and rocketing home his shot from the edge of the area. The Turkish champions tried to hit back and won a corner in the 27th minute. The cross was met by Márcio Nobre, who buried his effort only for it to be ruled out by the referee because the corner had floated out of play.

United spurred on
That scare spurred United on, and they took the ball upfield with Giggs who passed to the effervescent Rooney. He dummied the defence with ease and fired in ruthlessly from 20 metres out. Now everything the teenager touched seemed like genius to an almost disbelieving Old Trafford. His vision in the 37th minute put David Bellion in sight of goal, but the Frenchman’s shot whistled wide.

Fenerbahçe goal
United looked comfortable going into the second period, but within a minute of the restart Fenerbahçe gave their vociferous fans something to cheer. United failed to clear a corner leaving Nobre to score from close range.

Rooney treble
Four minutes later United restored their three-goal cushion after winning a free-kick on the edge of the visitors' area. Despite the presence of older heads, it was Rooney who placed the ball down and skilfully chipped over the wall to claim a superb hat-trick.

Fenerbahçe second
Fenerbahçe refused to lie down, however, and scored a deserved second when United failed to clear a corner conceded in somewhat bizarre fashion by Rooney, who booted the ball behind from 35 metres out. Goalkeeper Roy Carroll parried the first effort, but the ever-dangerous Tuncay Sanli collected the rebound and finished off with an effort which crept inside the post.

United's fifth
The Turkish side continued to press but United’s record European goalscorer Van Nistelrooij got in on the act himself ten minutes from time. He controlled a cross from substitute Darren Fletcher on his chest, danced past the defence and smashed the ball in to end the visitors' hopes. 

Bellion goal
A minute later it was 6-2 with Rooney turning provider. He expertly headed a defensive clearance into the path of David Bellion, who stroked the ball past Reçber to complete the scoring.

Last updated: 29/09/04 14.29CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
34
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
2
FábioLuciano Fábio
4
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card62
Substitution82
4
Fatih AkyelFatih Akyel
Substitution61
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand (C)
5
Ümit ÖzatÜmit Özat (C)
8
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal17
Goal28
Goal54
10
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
Goal59
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal78
Substitution82
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
Goal46
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Goal7
Substitution62
15
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
Yellow Card30
12
BellionDavid Bellion
Goal81
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
15
KlébersonKléberson
20
AlexAlex
19
Djemba-DjembaEric Djemba-Djemba
24
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
Yellow Card47

Substitutes

35
Ricardo LópezRicardo López (GK)
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
3
P. NevillePhil Neville
Substitution82
6
FabianoFabiano
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
7
Mehmet YozgatlıMehmet Yozgatlı
14
SmithAlan Smith
8
MuratHacıoğlu Murat
17
MillerLiam Miller
Substitution82
9
SerhatAkın Serhat
Substitution61
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
19
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution62
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Christoph Daum (GER)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Roland Van Nylen (BEL), Dirk Vanhoutte (BEL)

Fourth official

Didier Petitjean (BEL)

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