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Rooney lights way as United cruise

Published: Wednesday 10 August 2005, 0.50CET
Manchester United FC 3-0 Debreceni VSC England striker Wayne Rooney inspires the 1999 European champions.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedDebrecen

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 10 August 2005, 0.50CET

Rooney lights way as United cruise

Manchester United FC 3-0 Debreceni VSC England striker Wayne Rooney inspires the 1999 European champions.

Wayne Rooney was at his luminous best to inspire Manchester United FC to a comfortable victory against Debreceni VSC and towards the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Early opener
Rooney broke the deadlock after just seven minutes, pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty area and from then on, a far from fluent United never looked back. The England striker teed up further goals for Ruud van Nistelrooij and Cristiano Ronaldo after the interval, meaning the second leg in Budapest on 24 August should be little more than a formality.

Qualifying veteran
This is the third time in four years that United have had to negotiate a potentially tricky qualifying tie, and they showed few nerves as they dominated the initial exchanges. Rooney was in the thick of it and soon opened the scoring, clinically dispatching a first-time shot into the bottom corner to rouse the watching Glazer family to their feet.

Eger barrier
It was Sir Alex Ferguson's side's first competitive match since Malcolm Glazer's successful takeover, and but for the classy Hungarian centre-back László Eger, his three sons could have spent much more of the match standing up. The stocky 28-year-old was excellent, spoiling move after move, although he could do nothing to halt Ronaldo just before the interval when the Portuguese winger's angled drive forced a splendid save from Norbert Csernyánszki.

Disallowed goal
For all their dominance, United almost fell behind a minute after the restart, when Péter Halmosi slotted past debutant goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, but the effort was ruled out for a prior infringement. The chance was a wake-up call for the Premiership outfit, and Van Nistelrooij soon doubled their advantage.

Van Nistelrooij strike
The Netherlands striker looked strangely out of sorts in the 1999 European champions' pre-season tour of the Far East, but showed no hesitancy in drilling a low shot past Csernyánszki after Rooney had rolled the ball into his path. Rooney was again at the heart of United's third just after the hour, running on to Van Nistelrooij's clever touch and crossing for Ronaldo to sweep the ball in.

Huge task
Rooney almost made it 4-0 before the final whistle, his long-range shot narrowly missing the target, and few would have begrudged him a second, but he and the home side will be content with a 3-0 victory. Debrecen, meanwhile, have a seemingly impossible mountain to climb in the return leg.

Last updated: 10/08/05 11.10CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

debrecen

Debrecen

19
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
24
CsernyánszkiNorbert Csernyánszki (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
2
MátéPéter Máté
Yellow Card11
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
3
SzatmáriCsaba Szatmári
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
5
VukmirDragan Vukmir
Yellow Card57
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
7
DombiTibor Dombi
Substitution85
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
9
Tamás SándorTamás Sándor (C)
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
10
BogdanovićIgor Bogdanović
16
KeaneRoy Keane (C)
Yellow Card31
Substitution67
18
KerekesZsombor Kerekes
Substitution52
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal63
Substitution67
25
NikolovBalázs Nikolov
Yellow Card72
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal49
Substitution81
28
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
8
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal7
73
ÉgerLászló Éger

Substitutes

1
HowardTim Howard (GK)
1
TomićSandro Tomić (GK)
4
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
8
MadarCsaba Madar
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution67
16
KomlósiÁdám Komlósi
17
MillerLiam Miller
22
BernáthCsaba Bernáth
42
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution81
26
SidibeIbrahim Sidibe
Substitution52
23
RichardsonKieran Richardson
30
KissZoltán Kiss
14
SmithAlan Smith
Substitution67
81
BöőrZoltán Böőr
Substitution85

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Attila Supka (HUN)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Pedro Medina Hernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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