Man United 5 Birmingham 0
Manchester United 5 Birmingham City 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, January 22, 2011. Sir Alex Ferguson was well pleased with his team’s performance following the victory against Birmingham City. Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick while Ryan Giggs and Luis Nani netted a goal each as Manchester United dismantled The Blues 5-0 at home.
Premiership leaders Manchester United had managed a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane the weekend before, while Alex McLeish´s side had drawn 1-1 with old rivals Aston Villa at St Andrew´s. Dimitar Berbatov put United into an early 1-0 lead with a header within just two minutes and the striker scored again a minute past the half-hour mark. Ryan Giggs then netted a third goal for Manchester United in first-half stoppage time before Berbatov completed his treble eight minutes into the second period, while Luis Nani made it 5-0 to The Reds in the 75th minute. After beating The Brummies, United now had 48 points from 22 fixtures, two points ahead of fellow title chasers Arsenal who had played one match more than the table toppers. Sir Alex Ferguson: “It was a really good team performance. We were helped by an early goal. They had to open up. We were able to take Patrice Evra off and give him a break, though Michael Carrick has a sore one. Dimitar Berbatov was marvellous. We were a bit wasteful at times, but we cannot complain with the scoreline. It helps the goal difference. We have some tough games ahead but hopefully the players can grasp the nettle.” Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, John O’Shea, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Oliveira Anderson, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Luis Nani, Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Jonny Evans, Fabio da Silva, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes, Gabriel Obertan, Michael Owen, Tomasz Kuszczak. Birmingham City Team: Ben Foster, Stephen Carr, Roger Johnson, Liam Ridgewell, David Murphy, David Bentley, Keith Fahey, Barry Ferguson, Aleksandr Hleb, Jordon Mutch, Matt Derbyshire. Substitutes: Martin Jiranek, Craig Gardner, Seb Larsson, Lee Bowyer, Cameron Jerome, Nikola Zigic, Colin Doyle.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United demolished Second Division Birmingham City by a 6-2 margin at Old Trafford in an FA Cup Fifth Round Replay on the 24th of February 1969. Scotland international Denis Law notched up a treble while Paddy Crerand, Brian Kidd, and Willie Morgan scored a goal each for United.