Man United 2 Portsmouth 1

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ports­mouth 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish FA Cup Fourth Ro­und, Jan­uary 27, 2007. Af­ter knock­ing out As­ton Vil­la in the third ro­und of the FA Cup, Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Ports­mouth 2-1 to reach the fifth ro­und of the tour­na­ment. Way­ne Roo­ney net­ted twice for The Reds be­fore Nwank­wo Kanu re­gistered a late con­sol­a­tion goal for Pompey.

Man­chester Uni­ted had trashed Harry Redknapp´s Ports­mouth 3–0 at Old Traf­ford in the pre­vi­ous en­counter be­tween the two Pre­mier Lea­gue te­ams and were clear fa­vour­ites to be­at the Frat­ton Park club. The Old Traf­ford faith­ful nev­er­the­less had to wait un­til the min­ute 77th min­ute for the fir­st goal of the ga­me as Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer re­place­ment Way­ne Roo­ney con­ver­ted a low cross from Ry­an Gig­gs. Rooney´s bravado sur­faced ag­ain on­ly six min­utes la­ter when the marks­man beau­ti­fully lobbed the ball over Ports­mouth shot stop­per Da­vid Ja­mes and in­to the top left cor­ner of the net to hand Man­chester Uni­ted a 2-0 lead. Ni­ger­ia in­ter­na­tion­al Nwank­wo Kanu, who had re­placed fel­low stri­ker Andy Cole in the 62nd min­ute, ma­naged to find the tar­get for the So­uth Coast­ers wi­th three min­utes left on the watch, but as no more goals fol­lowed the mat­ch ended wi­th a 2-vic­tory to the ho­me si­de. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: To­masz Kusz­czak, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-sung Park, Paul Scho­les, Hen­rik Larsson, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer. Sub­stitutes: Way­ne Roo­ney, Dar­ren Fletch­er, John O’Shea, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Ed­win van der Sar. Ports­mouth: Da­vid Ja­mes, Sol Camp­bell, Lin­voy Primus, Glen John­son, Laur­eano Bis­an Eta­me-May­er, Mat­thew Tay­lor, Rich­ard Hug­hes, Niko Kran­j­car, Ga­ry O’Neil, Pedro Mendes, An­drew Cole. Sub­stitutes: Nwank­wo Kanu, Ben­jani Mwaruwari, Rudi Dou­ala M’­Bela, Da­vid Thomp­son, Jam­ie Ashdown.


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Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men rea­ched the 2007 FA Cup Fi­nal on­ly to lose 1-0 ag­ainst Chelsea. 


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