Friday, August 05, 2005

[manchester-united] Digest Number 376

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1. Re: Scholes double beats Beijing
From: Zulkarnain Ahmad Fahim <fahim_zulk@yahoo.com>

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Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 06:56:17 +0100 (BST)
From: Zulkarnain Ahmad Fahim <fahim_zulk@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Scholes double beats Beijing

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Stu Sharp <stusharp@btinternet.com> wrote:Scholes And Park Secure Reds Win

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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