United leave Celtic green with envy
By Andrew Cuff
Thursday 23 Oct 2008 16:00:00
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A devastating blow to Celtic's Champions League hopes as United show why they are reigning Champions.
United and Celtic were missing key players, though United's depth in quality showed one again, with Rio and Evra out of the match, O'Shea and Evans stepped up to the plate to fill the gaps. O'Shea who is one of United's most versatile players filling left and central positions in the midfield and defence. Evans is one of the shining youngsters.
United 3 - 0 Celtic
A massive Battle of Britain as Celtic travelled to Manchester under tight security to meet the reigning Champions. United lined up with Van Der Sar in goal, Gary Neville, Vidic, Evans and O'Shea in the back four, accompanied by Ronaldo, Fletcher, Anderson and Nani in the midfield. Up front saw Berbatov start with Rooney. Much of the match was spent in the Celtic half of the field as United laid siege on the Celtic defence. Berbatov giving United the first half lead with a offside flick into the goal, unfortunately for Celtic the linesman did not flag Berbatov as offside. Fletcher should have also scored just before half time but his shot was just over the bar. This meant that  United went into the half time interval a goal ahead of their Scottish opponents. The second half was more dismal than the first for Celtic with the United defence playing in the Celtic half for most of the half. Berbatov scored a second 6 minutes in the second half, once again though the touch judge missed his offside position, the shot by Ronaldo was rebounded and Berbatov followed up with a shot into the back of the net. Minutes after this Rooney slipped one past the keeper though was flagged offside when he was in a onside position.
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On the hour mark Ferguson, true to form, substituted Berbatov and Neville for Tevez and Brown. Even with Brown's good recent form he has been overshadowed by Neville and the youngster Rafael in the right back position and Vidic, Ferdinand and Evans hold the central positions with consistent performances. Rooney went on to score a third in the 76th minute. A final score of 3 - 0 left Celtic beaten.
United's next match marks Rooney's return to Goodison park, and he could reach his milestone 100th goal for United against his former club. Rooney nearly had his century against Celtic, though the goal was disallowed after he was adjudged as being offside. The solitary goal against Celtic for Rooney took him to 99 goals in his career. It would a great double birthday celebration, with him celebrating his 23rd birthday tomorrow the 24th October and returning to Everton his former club in quest to continue his run of goal scoring form.

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