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[manchesterunited_rulez] Digest Number 284

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1. United youngsters seal Hong Kong win
From: Larry Cai <larry66b@yahoo.com.sg>

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Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 19:59:44 +0800 (CST)
From: Larry Cai <larry66b@yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: United youngsters seal Hong Kong win

Asia Tour Begins With A Win

Pre-Season Friendly
Hong Kong 0
Manchester United 2
Hong Kong National Stadium

Young strikers Giuseppe Rossi and Dong Fangzhou scored second-half goals to get United's Asia Tour off to a winning start.

After a hatful of first-half chances had been squandered the young duo ended the resistance of the hard-working hosts with goals in the final 20 minutes.

Sir Alex Ferguson again fielded two totally different sides in each half, and the first 45 minutes were utterly frustrating as the Reds were foiled time and again by Hong Kong keeper Fan.

Ruud van Nistelrooy endured a personal nightmare as he was consistently thwarted by the home No 1. The Dutch striker also contrived to send two presentable chances over the crossbar.

Ji-sung Park put in a steady display but was unable to add the gloss of a goal, again because of Fan's heroics.

Louis Saha saw a header flash wide of the post and second-half captain Ryan Giggs was also foiled as United's pressure grew, but the deadlock was finally broken after 68 minutes.

When the hosts failed to properly clear Giggs' corner, the Welshman delivered an inch-perfect cross into the area which Giuseppe Rossi tapped over the line from four yards.

It was the Italian-born striker's second goal in two friendlies following his strike at Peterborough earlier this week.

The icing on the cake was provided by Dong Fangzhou, who was making his United debut after 18 months on loan at Royal Antwerp.

The Chinese striker capped an impressive, energetic display by racing clear of the defence after a poor clearance and clipping calmly over Fan into the far corner.

United team (first-half): Van der Sar, P Neville, Pique, Ferdinand, Fletcher, Park, Jones, Richardson, Scholes (c), Van Nistelrooy, Rooney.

United team (second-half): Howard, Bardsley, G Neville, Silvestre, O'Shea, Kleberson, Smith, Giggs (c), Fangzhou, Rossi, Saha.

Report by Steve Bartram.


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