United demolish Spurs

2011-08-22 23:04

Manchester - Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney were all on target as Manchester United continued their perfect start to the season with a 3-0 victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday.

Sir Alex Ferguson once again underlined his confidence in youth with a selection that saw France international Patrice Evra as the only player older than his mid-20s.

With Javier Hernandez missing the start of the season with concussion, Welbeck has been given the opportunity of first-team football after a year on loan at Sunderland.

And he took his chance by opening the scoring for United just after the hour and within 10 minutes he had set up a second goal for Anderson in some style.

Rooney then got on the end of a Ryan Giggs cross to head in late on to make it six points from United's opening two matches.

Tottenham's start was delayed by the riots in London causing their opening match against Everton to be suspended - though they did thrash Hearts in last Thursday's Europa League match - and they never looked like coming up with a response once they were behind.

Having claimed that Luka Modric, a transfer target for Chelsea, was not in the right frame of mind to feature at Old Trafford, Harry Redknapp did indeed leave the Croatian out of his squad.

But Ferguson provided a surprise by including Hernandez, who had been expected to miss another couple of weeks with concussion, on the bench.

United dominated from the start, with Rooney having a header held by Brad Friedel after neat work by Nani.

And Friedel was called into action once again when he turned a low effort from Tom Cleverley around the post.

United's new goalkeeper David De Gea has been the focus of plenty of attention since his 18.3 million move from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The Spaniard did little to cool the nerves when he attempted to dribble past Rafael van der Vaart in his area and was fortunate to be caught by the Dutchman's out-stretched leg.

Niko Kranjcar had a shot deflected wide and Michael Dawson headed on to the bar from the subsequent corner as Tottenham began to settle.

Gareth Bale also cut in from the left and had a low shot held by De Gea as Tottenham continued to have the better chances.

Van der Vaart also skipped past Anderson and Phil Jones before seeing his hopeful 30-yard effort caught by De Gea.

Just before the half hour, Rooney created a fine opportunity with a lofted cross that was headed just wide by Ashley Young.

Van der Vaart was again denied by De Gea just before half time and just after the restart, Young had a low drive held by Friedel after a neat pass from Rooney.

United threatened once again when Anderson broke from midfield and Friedel could only block the Brazilian's effort before Rooney shot the follow-up straight at the goalkeeper.

Impressive United youngster Phil Jones created another opportunity when he charged forward from the back and clipped a cross that was flicked on by Welbeck only for Young's first-time shot to fly just high and wide.

But just after the hour, United took the lead when Smalling fed Cleverley and the youngster's cross was glanced in by a fine header from Welbeck.

Rooney had a free kick tipped away from just outside the area as United looked to add to their advantage.

Welbeck then had an ambitious overhead kick saved by Friedel as he showed plenty of confidence after his goal.

And 10 minutes after making the breakthrough, Welbeck was picked out by Anderson and returned the pass with a back-heel for the Brazilian to double the lead.

Rooney added further gloss when he headed into the top corner from a neat cross from substitute Giggs.


  • jabski - 2011-08-23 06:50

    for all the football purists on here who had the pleasure of watching that game, thank the stars for man united and their style of football. awesome to observe roll on may

      jabski - 2011-08-23 08:18

      will be utd and barca again this year. too good. both of them forever and ever, we'll follow the boys, of man utd, the busby babes.......

  • Kenneth - 2011-08-23 08:41

    Youngsters really played well .Very impressed with Ashley Young reminds me of Dwight Yorke same style of play.I take Cleverly to fill the boots of Scholes very industrious player.Smalling is growing in confidence every game and i like Jones as well.I think Anderson is a great link player to have in the side.DE Gea has got me worried although i think under the guidance of Van de Saar he will improve as i heard that he is the club goal keeping coach now.

      Albo - 2011-08-23 09:36

      Agreed - but REALLY impressed with Jones. Awesome buy SAF!!

  • JustinD - 2011-08-23 08:44

    Awesome, what a great young squad we have.....

  • A(N)ON - 2011-08-23 09:10

    Average age of the team (until Giggsy came on) was 23 - Rooney at 25 is the senior member of the team. These youngsters have impressed me in all 3 games they've played this season. The second goal in the Charity Shield and yesterday's second goals is fast becoming a trademark of this side - sublime one-touch football with ending in clinical finishes. Cleverly looks like the part - the second central midfielder position will be a toss-up between Anderson (exceptional last night), Carrick and Fletcher. GGMU

      Deon - 2011-08-23 09:56

      Actually it was Young who was the oldest! :) Top performance,

      Harold - 2011-08-23 10:20

      @ 30 Evra was the oldest until Giggs came on. Where are ScumBob & Ajax? Their silence is deafening.

  • Eduardoo - 2011-08-23 09:24

    Take note Arsenal, this is how a young team performs! What pace this side has, I'm pumped for this season! Welbeck & Cleverly back from loan, jones & Young slotting in perfectly to the side, this is just proof once again of what a fantastic manager Fergie is! GLORY GLORY MAN UTD!!!

  • Brendank - 2011-08-23 09:36

    superb game, suberb young talent - Glory Glory MAN UNITED!

  • Sihle Mthethwa - 2011-08-23 10:20

    Glory glory Man United, UEFA champions league is ours this year!!!

      AjAxxxx - 2011-08-23 13:43


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      Nathan Titus - 2011-08-23 11:01

      Ok, Weirdo... Its only soccer mate.

      A(N)ON - 2011-08-23 11:51

      Lol Nathan - must be his spirit shouting from beyond the grave!

  • RED MANC - 2011-08-23 12:10

    Gotta hand it to SAF , once again he has created a team that will only get better as the season progresses. The youngsters are having fun ! United are traditionally notorious slow starters but what we have seen thus far is very ominous for the rest of the league . GGMU !!

  • dion.chinnaiah - 2011-08-23 12:19

    What did the match commentator say? - Like a hot knife through butter! youngsters made it seem easy. Can you imagine the kind of football they're going to play when they peak!? Awesome!

      Bandit - 2011-08-23 13:33

      the guy said like a knife through hot butter - you can hear the disdain he had for united and he was fighting the feelings so that he did not come across as a real mook in the commentary box. The lyties kicked ass.

  • dion.chinnaiah - 2011-08-23 12:28

    One other thing the commentator said: City may be the team to watch but, United are STILL the team to catch! Eat that you United haters!

      AjAxxxx - 2011-08-23 16:25

      what are you saying? That you do not play attractive football?

  • AjAxxxx - 2011-08-23 13:47

    Sorry for taking so long to comment! Great performance by united. Tott completely overshadowed by the pace of Anderson and Cleverly. Then again, they did have two second string midfielders. They are going to miss Modric. I think united's problem is going to come when De Gea is tested with crosses. Not one cross was whipped in last night, purely because tottenham had no presence in the box. What is defoe going to do, leap above Evans in the air? Im sure. United has never struggled against teams like tott and arsenal because they play cute football. The real test is coming against Stoke and Sunderland, with massive oaks in the box waiting for crosses. But take nothing away from a great performance last night from united. ChelseA!

  • mthokozisi mangena - 2011-08-24 19:08

    simple surpeb

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