Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Danish sizzle fizzles out as Reds win 3-0..

United made it three Champions league wins out of three with a 3-0 win over FC Copenhagen tonight. United were always in control of this game and should have gone ahead in the opening minute, but Saha missed a sitter after good work by Rooney, who was United's skipper on the night.

The reds made a few clear cut chances but none were taken, but as the half progressed so did the Dane's confidence as the visitors had a few shots on target. Then five minutes before the interval, Scholes got on the end of a good United move and crashed home his shot past Christiansen, who was the best player on the park until that point having denied Scholes and Saha on two occasions.

Straight after the break United made it 2-0 courtesy a very lucky goal by John O'Pie aka John O'Shea, the Irishman missed the ball with his first attempt, but luckily the ball hit his standing leg and went it. From then on the contest was effectively over and Fergie sent on a few substitutes to give them much needed games.

Alan Smith replaced Scholes and it was long before the blunt Yorkshireman was throwing this weight around. Smith was presented with a golden chance to score after St Ole gifted him an open goal, but alas the former Leeds man put his effort horribly wide of the post.

Another 'nearly man' Richardson came on and within minutes of doing so secured the points with a long range effort that Christiansen should have perhaps kept out, alas the ball crept over the line after the stopper failed to block what was admittedly a swerving shot.

The game was quite enjoyable because unlike many European games it wasn't tight in midfield, it was never a snoozefest as these occasions so often are. Copenhagen brought over 3,000 fans to this game, that's the biggest travelling contingent they've ever taken to an away game, they certainly enjoyed themselves judging by their singing which never abated. Another club who share the same sponsor in Carlsberg face United on Sunday when Liverpool are the visitors. It's doubtful in the extreme events will be so cordial on or off the pitch.

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