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Berbatov-inspired United too strong for AaB

Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008, 0.55CET
Aalborg BK 0-3 Manchester United FC
Dimitar Berbatov got off the mark for United in some style, his second-half strikes making it four points from two outings in Group E for the holders.
by Mike Harrington
from Aalborg Stadium
Berbatov-inspired United too strong for AaB
Dimitar Berbatov celebrates with Wayne Rooney after making it 2-0 ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AalborgMan. United

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target1
 
9
Attempts off target5
 
10
Corners4
 
10
Offsides1
 
6
Fouls committed10
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

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Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008, 0.55CET

Berbatov-inspired United too strong for AaB

Aalborg BK 0-3 Manchester United FC
Dimitar Berbatov got off the mark for United in some style, his second-half strikes making it four points from two outings in Group E for the holders.

Dimitar Berbatov struck two second-half goals as Manchester United FC moved to the Group E summit with a convincing 3-0 victory away to Aalborg BK.

Rooney opener
If United stuttered in their UEFA Champions League opener against Villarreal CF two weeks ago they never deviated as they strolled to victory on a chilly evening in Denmark. AaB stuck by coach Bruce Rioch's promise to attack in their first-ever meeting with United but were given little opportunity as the visitors dominated. Wayne Rooney's low strike set them on their way midway through the first half before Berbatov took centre stage, scoring his first goal for the club ten minutes after the restart and securing the points eleven minutes from time.

Early chance
Berbatov was one of six changes to the United side that drew with Villarreal and the Bulgarian striker could have scored within six minutes. A clearance by AaB goalkeeper Karim Zaza spun off the heel of Cristiano Ronaldo and fell invitingly into the path of the Berbatov, yet from less than eight metres out, he fired wide. That chance did not spook the hosts, who could have scored themselves four minutes later when Jeppe Curth slid on to a Thomas Enevoldsen cross and hit a low shot which cannoned off Patrice Evra for a corner. There were further concerns for United moments later when Paul Scholes was taken off on a stretcher after coming off worse in a tackle with Thomas Augustinussen. On came Ryan Giggs, bringing much-needed composure to the visitors, and it was his through-ball to Rooney on 22 minutes that brought the breakthrough, the 22-year-old driving a shot low past Zaza for his 12th goal in this competition.

Beauchamp knock
The hosts suffered another setback on 35 minutes when Michael Beauchamp injured himself clearing a low Ronaldo cross. The Australian was forced off, with captain Augustinussen dropping back into central defence – not his natural habitat. Ten minutes after half-time that was plain to see as he failed to deal with a simple pass and Berbatov made no mistake, ramming a half-volley past Zaza from the edge of the box to open his account for United.

Berbatov second
Rooney limped off on 59 minutes, and his replacement Carlos Tévez thought he had made it 3-0 soon after only for his effort to be chalked out for pushing. United did get a third 20 minutes later, though, as Berbatov acrobatically lashed in Ronaldo's cross on the half-volley. The AaB supporters had been vociferous throughout and continued even after the result was beyond doubt, something which appeared about to get worse on 85 minutes when Ronaldo burst through only to hit his resulting shot wide of the near post.

Last updated: 01/10/08 1.18CET

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Lineups

aab

AaB

man. united

Man. United

1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
Yellow Card53
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
3
EvraPatrice Evra
4
BeauchampMichael Beauchamp
Substitution38
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand (C)
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
8
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
Yellow Card52
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Goal55
Goal79
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen (C)
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal22
Substitution59
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
14
CurthJeppe Curth
17
NaniNani
16
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Substitution16
21
RisgårdKasper Risgård
21
RafaelRafael
Yellow Card37
Substitution66
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea

Substitutes

30
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
40
AmosBen Amos (GK)
7
DueAnders Due
6
BrownWes Brown
Substitution66
18
CacaCaca
Substitution38
8
AndersonAnderson
20
BræmerSimon Bræmer
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution16
24
SørensenJens-Kristian Sørensen
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
27
KristensenPatrick Kristensen
23
J. EvansJonny Evans
32
SchwartzRonnie Schwartz
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution59

Coach

Bruce Rioch (SCO) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), Bertino Miranda (POR)

Fourth official

Elmano Carlos Ferandes Santos (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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