Wednesday, July 27, 2005

[manchester-united] Digest Number 375

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1. Scholes double beats Beijing
From: "Stu Sharp" <stusharp@btinternet.com>

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Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 21:05:10 +0100
From: "Stu Sharp" <stusharp@btinternet.com>
Subject: Scholes double beats Beijing

Scholes And Park Secure Reds Win


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Pre-Season Friendly
Beijing Hyundai 0
Manchester United 3
The Workers' Stadium, Beijing

A Paul Scholes brace in the first half and Park Ji-sung's header in the
second, handed United a comfortable victory in Beijing on Tuesday.

With just two weeks remaining until the crucial Champions League qualifier
on 9 or 10 August, Sir Alex Ferguson gaves his players an extended run out.

Five players completed the full 90 minutes, while another four player over
an hour, in Beijing's intense humidity at the Workers' Stadium.

Despite playing at a pace slower than most pre-season friendlies - due to
the stifling conditions, United managed to carve numerous chances early on.

Ruud van Nistelrooy was first to test the keeper with a rare long-range
strike after a neat interchange with Park Ji-sung. The Dutchman should have
got his first goal of the tour when, after 25 minutes, Rooney weighted a
precision pass into the Dutchman's path.

Striking the ball across the keeper into the far corner is normally preached
by any goalscoring coach. But the Dutchman, usually so clinical in front of
goal, went for the top corner at the keeper's near post. His shot went high
and wide.

It took until three minutes before half-time for United to make the
breakthrough. Darren Fletcher's left-footed cross found Scholes'
perfectly-timed run, and the 30-year-old midfielder glanced a header into
the far corner.

Scholes doubled the lead two minutes later, tapping in from Ruud's mis-hit
volley.

Whereas in United's previous pre-season friendlies Ferguson has made
wholesale changes at half-time, this time he made just one.

Ronaldo, who only arrived in Beijing on Monday, replaced Paul Scholes and
immediately set about picking holes in the home side's defence.

Within two minutes the Portuguese winger had skipped effortlessly past two
defenders and floated a cross to the far post. The Korean midfielder's
header should have been saved, but the goal is his first for his club and
secured a 3-0 victory.

Starting line-up: Van der Sar; G. Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea;
Rooney, Fletcher, Smith, Scholes, Park; Van Nistelrooy.

Substitutions: Ronaldo for Scholes (45), Giggs for Park (60), P. Neville for
G. Neville (61), Dong for van Nistelrooy and Richardson for O'Shea (69),
Steele for van der Sar (76).

Report by Ben Hibbs.

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