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United too strong for København

Published: Wednesday 18 October 2006, 0.40CET
Manchester United FC 3-0 FC København Paul Scholes, John O'Shea and Kieran Richardson scored as a commanding United consolidated their Group F lead.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

Match statistics

Man. UnitedKøbenhavn

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners6
 
1
Offsides6
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 18 October 2006, 0.40CET

United too strong for København

Manchester United FC 3-0 FC København Paul Scholes, John O'Shea and Kieran Richardson scored as a commanding United consolidated their Group F lead.

Manchester United FC have one foot in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds after a comfortable 3-0 victory over FC København.

Contrasting fortunes
United's third straight win leaves them three points clear of second-placed Celtic FC in Group F - with København bottom and still seeking their first goal in the tournament. Despite the presence of captain Tobias Linderoth, who flew into Manchester this morning still awaiting the birth of his baby, Ståle Solbakken's men were second best on a night when United's greater quality and experience told.

Quiet conviction
Paul Scholes, the only survivor in the hosts' starting lineup from their 1999 UEFA Champions League triumph, opened the scoring and as John O'Shea and Kieran Richardson got their names on the scoresheet after the break, it was easy to understand the quiet conviction at Old Trafford that a sustained challenge for European glory is not beyond Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

Christiansen to the rescue
On a surface slickened by the Manchester rain, United started in energetic fashion. Wayne Rooney, captain in the absence of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, sent Saha racing through inside the first minute but the Frenchman was foiled by Jesper Christiansen. The goalkeeper was called into action again to beat away a low free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo, before the in-form Portugal winger turned supplier. Surging into the box after a one-two with Saha, he slipped the ball beyond Christiansen but Rooney was unable to add the finishing touch.

København confidence
It was not until the 20th minute that a København player got anywhere near the United goal, Michael Silberbauer dragging an effort wide from 20 metres. Gradually, though, the Danish champions came out of their shell and Marcus Allbäck and Silberbauer both tested Edwin van der Sar. Carrick was then dispossessed by Allbäck and as play sped to the United goal, Van der Sar had to be alert to beat Fredrik Berglund to Hjalte Nørregaard's through-ball.

Scholes strikes
United responded with Rooney putting Saha through for a second time and Christiansen saved once again. The goalkeeper then sprawled low to deny Carrick before stopping Scholes's follow-up, unaware the midfielder was offside anyway. There was nothing Christiansen could do about Scholes's next strike, however, a rising drive that gathered pace as it flashed past his right hand from the edge of the box. A second goal almost followed immediately, Ronaldo's header forcing a fingertip save.

Seconds for O'Shea
It took United less than 60 seconds to add to their advantage after the restart. Rooney lifted the ball over Christiansen but was beaten to the next touch by Michael Gravgaard. The reprieve was momentary for the visitors, as Ronaldo swung over the resulting corner and O'Shea bundled the ball in for his first UEFA Champions League goal. The feeling that it was not going to be København's night was compounded when Allbäck and Razak Pimpong collided as both tried to connect with a cross.

Smith comeback
Alan Smith came on for his first Old Trafford appearance since breaking his leg in February but could not cap his return with a goal, scuffing wide from Ole Gunnar Solskjær's low cross on 75 minutes. Instead another substitute, Richardson, completed the scoring in the 82nd minute with an effort that caught Christiansen wrong-footed.

Last updated: 18/10/06 13.50CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

københavn

København

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card51
2
JacobsenLars Jacobsen
6
BrownWes Brown
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard
Substitution57
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
8
RooneyWayne Rooney (C)
6
LinderothTobias Linderoth (C)
9
SahaLouis Saha
Substitution60
8
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer
Substitution82
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
9
BerglundFredrik Berglund
Substitution57
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution60
11
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Goal39
Substitution76
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Goal46
14
GravgaardMichael Gravgaard
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
17
WendtOscar Wendt

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
31
GallBenny Gall (GK)
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
16
ThomassenDan Thomassen
14
SmithAlan Smith
Substitution60
20
PimpongRazak Pimpong
Substitution57
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Substitution60
23
KvistWilliam Kvist
Substitution57
23
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution76
Goal83
24
BrandrupJeppe Brandrup
25
JonesDavid Jones
26
HansenNikolaj Hansen
28
BergvoldMartin Bergvold
Substitution82

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Ståle Solbakken (NOR)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Hans Ten Hoove (NED), Wilco Lobbert (NED)

Fourth official

Reinold Wiedemeijer (NED)

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