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Old Trafford (ATT 74,655) 21st October 2008 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: F De Bleeckere

Man Utd Manchester United vs Celtic Celtic


Celtic 0

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Last Updated at 3:37 pm, October 22nd 2008

  1. FT

    Russ McGill feared his side would be on the end of a beating tonight and he was right while Emmanuel Okala correctly predicted the 3-0 scoreline.

  2. FT

    Celtic battled well and were second-best for most of the game but the first two goals really shouldn't have stood as Berbatov was offside for both of them. But Celtic posed little threat going forward and United could have added more goals in the end. United and Villarreal are on seven points but Celtic and Aalborg have just one.

  3. 90

    It's all over and United have a well deserved and in the end comfortable win over Celtic.

  4. 90

    There will be three minutes of added time.

  5. 88

    Hartley is almost sent clean through on goal but Evans makes an excellent challenge to deny the substitute.

  6. 86

    Villarreal now lead 6-3 against Aalborg in Spain.

  7. 85

    Tevez's cross is well held by Boruc.

  8. 84

    Loovens is booked for taking out Tevez in midfield.

  9. 83

    Ronaldo makes way for Ji-Sung Park.

  10. 82

    It's now 5-2 to Villarreal in the other game in this group.

  11. 81

    A superb ball by Rooney finds Tevez in space in behind the Celtic defence on the left. He cuts inside but his shot at goal is blocked by Loovens.

  12. 80

    Ronaldo is back on his feet but is still limping slightly.

  13. 79

    Ronaldo has gone down and worryingly for United he looks in real pain after being caught by Brown.

  14. 78

    Nani shoots wide from the edge of the box.

  15. 77

    Sheridan has come on for Celtic for McDonald.

  16. 76

    GOAL - It's another goal for Rooney - seven in a row for club and country and this time there's not doubt about it. United hit Celtic on the break and Rooney directs his shot through Loovens' legs and into the bottom corner of the net.

  17. 75

    Cillian Sheridan is getting ready to come on for Celtic.

  18. 74

    Hartley fouls Nani and then kicks the ball against him as the winger is on the ground and is shown the first yellow card of the game.

  19. 73

    It's 4-2 to Villarreal against Aalborg now.

  20. 72

    Great control by Rooney on the edge of the box before forcing Boruc to tip his powerful shot over the bar.

  21. 71

    United fans shout for handball as Nani's shot hits Caldwell but play is waved on.

  22. 70

    The game has gone flat and it looks like United could extend their lead but Celtic look out of it.

  23. 68

    Ronaldo almost gets on the end of Tevez's cross to the back post but the ball drifts away from the winger and Celtic have possession.

  24. 67

    Villarreal have gone 3-2 up on Aalborg in the other game in this group.

  25. 66

    Good build-up play by Celtic but Maloney's cross is well held by Van der Sar.

  26. 65

    Tevez turns well on the edge of the box before his shot is deflected wide for a corner.

  27. 64

    Ronaldo is brought down again, this time by Caldwell and United have a free-kick on the left wing.

  28. 63

    Nani's shot from 25 yards out is blocked by McManus.

  29. 61

    Celtic are making a double change now with Shaun Maloney and Paul Hartley coming on for Robson and Nakamura.

  30. 60

    Neville is replaced by Wes Brown while two-goal hero Berbatov reluctantly makes way for Carlos Tevez.

  31. 59

    Ronaldo shows a couple of stepovers before he is brought down by Wilson.

  32. 57

    Naylor's cross into the box is a poor one and he gifts United a goal-kick.

  33. 56

    Rooney really should have made it 3-0 after more far from impressive goalkeeping by Boruc. He fails to gather a through ball and the ball rebounds to Rooney but his left-footed shot flies over the bar with Boruc well out of position.

  34. 55

    Caldwell has space 30 yards from goal but his pass in behind for Brown is overhit.

  35. 53

    The ball is in the back of the net again but this time the flag does go up against Rooney. This time though he was not in an offisde position!

  36. 52

    Boruc has made a number of mistakes for club and country this season and that is another one but as Ronaldo's free-kick was taken, Berbatov was again in an offside position.

  37. 51

    GOAL - It's surely all over now and Berbatov has doubled his and United's lead. Boruc fumbles Ronaldo's powerful free-kick and Berbatov is there to tap the ball into the back of the net.

  38. 50

    Brown catches Anderson with a late challenge and United have a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

  39. 49

    Berbatov's smart lay-off has just too much power on it for Rooney.

  40. 48

    United defend the corner well before McGeady hauls down Nani with a late challenge.

  41. 47

    Corner to Celtic as Wilson's cross is diverted behind by O'Shea.

  42. 46

    United get the second half under way at Old Trafford with both sides remaining unchanged.

  43. Sky Bet odds compiler Chris Kennedy says: "Man Utd are into 1/20 at half-time with Celtic now at a massive 50/1. Its 9/1 the draw. Punters still believe that we will see plenty of goals in the second half with Over 2.5 goals being well backed at 8/11 and Rooney still proving popular at 4/1 for in the next goalscorer market. We've also had 6 corners in the first half and its 4/6 that we get over 11 in the match."

  44. HT

    Celtic have forced Van der Sar into two saves with shots from outside the box but United have dominated without creating anything really clear-cut until Fletcher's chance just before the break. But now Celtic must come out and look for an equaliser and that could leave space for United to exploit and extend their lead in the second half.

  45. HT

    The half-time whistle goes and United lead 1-0 thanks to a Berbatov goal that should not have been allowed to stand as the Bulgarian was in an offside position when he directed the ball past Boruc.

  46. 45

    It should be 2-0 to United. Fletcher is left unmarked at the back post, brings the ball down well but lashes the ball well over the bar.

  47. 45

    Nani drifts past Naylor but his cross to the back post is a poor one although Loovens is forced to concede a corner which comes to nothing.

  48. 44

    Nakamura's inswinging ball evades everyone in yellow but O'Shea's miskick forces Van der Sar into a save at his near post.

  49. 43

    Robson is fouled by Neville and Celtic have a chance to deliver a free-kick into the box.

  50. 42

    Brown's through ball is gathered easily by Van der Sar.

  51. 40

    It's now 2-2 between Villareal and Aalborg in the other group game tonight.

  52. 39

    Nani cuts in from the left and his curling effort at goal flies inches wide of Boruc's goal. It's all United, they want a second before the break.

  53. 39

    Rooney's drive from 25 yards out is well held by Boruc in the Celtic goal.

  54. 38

    Tremendous passing move by United before Nani's cross is hoofed clear by Loovens.

  55. 37

    McGeady's switching ball for Naylor is overhit and it's a throw to United.

  56. 36

    Ronaldo's cross is headed clear by McManus as United look for a second goal which would all-but kill the game at this early stage.

  57. 34

    McGeady loses the ball in a dangerous area again but Anderson curls his shot over the bar. McGeady has to be careful that's a few times he's gifted United the ball in a dangerous area.

  58. 33

    McDonald turns well against Evans inside the box but his shot is well wide of goal.

  59. 32

    Villarreal are level at home to Aalborg in the other game in this group, 1-1 in Spain.

  60. 31

    Celtic are a goal down but looking at it again, Berbatov was in an offside position and the goal should not have stood. United are fortunate to be in front here.

  61. 30

    GOAL - Manchester United are in front and it's Berbatov who stabs the ball home from close range. Celtic don't deal with a corner and Berbatov latches onto a rebound before steering the ball past Boruc.

  62. 29

    Good work by Nani as he ghosts past two men before seeing his cross cut out by Caldwell.

  63. 28

    Berbatov's shot is well blocked by McManus and the ball drops to Ronaldo but his shot flashes just wide of Artur Boruc's post.

  64. 27

    Shunsuke Nakamura delivers the ball into the box where McDonald is adjudged to have fouled his man.

  65. 26

    Barry Robson goes down just outside the box on the Celtic left and it's a free-kick to the visitors.

  66. 25

    McGeady cuts in from the right wing but this time his left-footed drive is blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

  67. 24

    In the other game in the group, Aalborg have taken a shock lead away to Villarreal.

  68. 23

    Berbatov clashes with Mark Wilson in the air and the Celtic man stays down. He is quickly back on his feet though and play resumes.

  69. 22

    Ronaldo takes the free-kick but his effort is blocked and Celtic survive.

  70. 21

    Free-kick to United around 30 yards from goal as Brown brings down Anderson.

  71. 20

    Loovens gets in front of Dimitar Berbatov and clears as United push forward again.

  72. 19

    Celtic go close again, this time it's Caldwell. He volleys the ball at goal from the edge of the box and Van der Sar is forced to tip the ball over the bar. Excellent effort.

  73. 18

    Rooney goes for an ambitious side scissor kick at goal but McManus makes a good block. Once again, Naylor was exposed on the United right.

  74. 17

    Glenn Loovens makes a good block on Darren Fletcher as he prepared to let fly at goal.

  75. 16

    McDonald backs into Evans and United have a free-kick.

  76. 14

    Wayne Rooney finds space on the break but McManus is able to block his shot at the expense of a corner.

  77. 13

    Gary Neville's cross into the box is overhit and it's a goal-kick to Celtic.

  78. 12

    Good play there by Celtic but Scot in Fort Lauderdale wants to know why they are wearing a yellow strip. He says "Celtic without their green and white hoops is just not the same".

  79. 11

    McGeady comes inside on the edge of the box and his left-footed drive is turned round the post by Edwin Van der Sar, excellent save by the big Dutchman.

  80. 10

    Lee Naylor's poor ball is pounced on by Ronaldo but luckily for the defender he manages to get back and deflect the cross out for a corner.

  81. 9

    John O'Shea is brought down by Gary Caldwell and United have a free-kick on the halfway line.

  82. 8

    McDonald is bundled over by Johnny Evans and Celtic have a free-kick 35 yards from goal on the left flank.

  83. 7

    Gary Neville's drilled cross into the box is well cleared by Stephen McManus.

  84. 5

    United are dominating possession at the moment but Ronaldo blasts the ball well over the bar from the edge of the box.

  85. 4

    Aiden McGeady's long ball forward is too long for Scott McDonald.

  86. 3

    Judging by the emails so far, Celtic fans are expecting a thrashing. It's United on the front foot so far but no chances as yet.

  87. 2

    Cristiano Ronaldo is barged to the ground by Scott Brown and United have the first free-kick of the game.

  88. 1

    Celtic get the game under way sporting their yellow away strip.

  89. Some betting news ahead of the game. Sky Bet odds compiler Chris Kennedy says: "Man Utd are being backed as though anything other than a win is out of the question and we have been forced into 2/9 pre-match. Punters have also latched onto Wayne Rooney for 1st goalscorer at 7/2 and Man Utd (-1 goal) on the Match Handicap at 4/6 also proving very popular. 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 are our heaviest losers on the Correct Score market with punters anticipating plenty of goals."

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  91. Here are the teams - Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Evans, Vidic, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Giggs, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Gibson, Tevez. Celtic: Boruc, Wilson, Loovens, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Scott Brown, Caldwell, Robson, McGeady, McDonald. Subs: Mark Brown, Hinkel, Hartley, Maloney, Donati, Sheridan, O'Dea. Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)



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