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Nani strike ensures United beat Bursaspor

Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET
Manchester United FC 1-0 Bursaspor
Nani's long-range goal on seven minutes proved sufficient for United to move two points clear in Group C despite a brave Bursaspor effort.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Man. UnitedBursaspor

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners6
 
1
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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

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Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET

Nani strike ensures United beat Bursaspor

Manchester United FC 1-0 Bursaspor
Nani's long-range goal on seven minutes proved sufficient for United to move two points clear in Group C despite a brave Bursaspor effort.

Nani's early strike was enough to earn Manchester United FC a narrow, if comfortable, victory over Bursaspor and move them two points clear of Rangers FC at the top of UEFA Champions League Group C.

The Portugal winger settled the match with a superb seventh-minute strike, curled past Dimitar Ivankov from 25 metres. United never looked like relinquishing their advantage against opponents who, without a single attempt on target until Gustav Svensson's in the 90th minute, are still seeking their first point and goal in the UEFA Champions League.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, writing in his programme notes, had asked his players to "take control of our group" by beating the Turkish champions. They duly obliged with their second successive 1-0 win in the section to give Sir Alex a victory on his 2,000th match in management – and perhaps something to smile about during a difficult week that has brought the bad news that Wayne Rooney wants away from Old Trafford.

Federico Macheda, on his first start in this season's competition in place of Dimitar Berbatov, drew an early near-post stop from Ivankov after being fed by Anderson but if that was a warning to the visitors they did not heed it as Nani struck in spectacular fashion. Having collected Darren Fletcher's short pass out on the right, he span away from Ömer Erdoğan before cutting infield and arrowing a left-foot shot beyond Ivankov's outstretched arms.

Bursaspor remained on the back foot and survived a scare when Nemanja Vidić nodded wide from a corner. Yet they raised the hopes of their noisy band of 600 or so supporters in the South Stand when Michael Carrick played a careless pass backwards and Vidić lost out to Ozan İpek in the centre of the pitch. The Bursaspor wide man headed for the penalty box but Rafael got back to deny him with a superb challenge before he could shoot.

Bursaspor coach Ertuğrul Sağlam made two changes at the break, sending on Turgay Bahadır for Sercan Yıldırım up front and replacing Milan Stepanov with İbrahim Öztürk at the back. Yet United remained in control, albeit not at their incisive best, evidenced when Anderson twice put a touch too much weight on through balls to Park Ji-Sung.

As the clock ticked down substitute Gabriel Obertan tried to inject some life into proceedings, winning a corner with some fancy footwork and heading the ensuing flag-kick against the near post. His fellow substitute Javier Hernández went close too, shooting wide with just Ivankov to beat, but one goal was enough and United have a cushion to take to Turkey on 2 November.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.07CET

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Quotes

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"A win was important, it was important for the fans. The players worked hard"

  • Ertuğrul Sağlam

    Read more"We are a very inexperienced side and are feeling the disadvantage of this now"

Lineups

man. united

Man. United

bursaspor

Bursaspor

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
3
Gökçek VedersonGökçek Vederson
8
AndersonAnderson
Substitution78
4
Ömer ErdoğanÖmer Erdoğan (C)
12
SmallingChris Smalling
7
InsúaFederico Insúa
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution71
9
Sercan YıldırımSercan Yıldırım
Substitution46
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
10
Volkan ŞenVolkan Şen
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
13
SvenssonGustav Svensson
17
NaniNani
Goal7
Yellow Card40
20
Ozan İpekOzan İpek
Yellow Card40
21
RafaelRafael
21
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
Yellow Card63
Substitution71
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
25
ErgićIvan Ergić
27
MachedaFederico Macheda
55
StepanovMilan Stepanov
Substitution46

Substitutes

40
AmosBen Amos (GK)
1
Yavuz ÖzkanYavuz Özkan (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
5
Hüseyin ÇimşirHüseyin Çimşir
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
17
BatallaPablo Batalla
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution78
22
Turgay BahadırTurgay Bahadır
Substitution46
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
23
Mustafa KeçeliMustafa Keçeli
Substitution71
26
ObertanGabriel Obertan
Substitution71
29
NúñezLeonel Núñez
33
BébéBébé
38
İbrahim Öztürkİbrahim Öztürk
Substitution46

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Ertuğrul Sağlam (TUR)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Luca Maggiani (ITA)

Fourth official

Emidio Morganti (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Daniele Orsato (ITA), Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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