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Paul Scholes

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 FC Copen­ha­gen, Old Traf­ford, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Group Sta­ge, Oct­ober 17, 2006. 2005-06 Pre­miership run­ners-up Man­chester Uni­ted had few prob­lems in beat­ing Su­per­liga Cham­pi­ons FC Copen­ha­gen at ho­me. Uni­ted won the ga­me 3-0 thro­ugh a fir­st ha­lf goal by Paul Scho­les and sec­ond ha­lf goals from John O’Shea and Kier­an Richardson. 

The Li­ons, who had en­dured some­thing of a Hans Chris­ti­an An­der­sen fairy tale the pre­vi­ous sea­son which had seen them win­ning the Dan­ish Su­per Lea­gue six points ahead of neigh­bouring rivals Brondby IF, nev­er really stood a chan­ce ag­ainst Man­chester Uni­ted at The Theatre of Dreams. Af­ter start­ing their Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue cam­paign wi­th a 3-2 vic­tory over Scot­tish Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Celt­ic at Old Traf­ford, Uni­ted had edged out Por­tuguese Pre­mier Di­vi­sion gi­ants Ben­fica by a 1-0 score at the Es­ta­dio da Luz in Lis­bon in their sec­ond group sta­ge fix­ture and were over­whelm­ing fa­vour­ites to over­come the Danes at ho­me. Man­chester Uni­ted, who were with­out de­fender Rio Fer­dinand and wing­er Ry­an Gig­gs be­cause of in­jury and ill­ness re­spect­ively, mo­ved in­to the lead six min­utes ahead of the in­ter­val when Paul Scho­les ham­mered the ball pa­st FC Copen­ha­gen net­mind­er Jes­per Chris­ti­ansen and in­to the goal from twenty-five yards out. And on­ly a min­ute in­to the sec­ond pe­riod of the tie, John O’Shea doubled Man­chester United’s ad­vant­age as the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land de­fender con­ver­ted a well de­livered cor­ner by Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo. The Old Traf­ford out­fit kept on dom­in­at­ing the ga­me and the hosts had their third goal of the even­ing when Kier­an Richard­son power­ed ho­me a long dis­tance ef­fort wi­th sev­en min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time, leav­ing FC Copen­ha­gen as the ugly duck­lings. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Wes­ley Bro­wn, John O’Shea, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Paul Scho­les, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Way­ne Roo­ney, Louis Saha. Sub­stitutes: Kier­an Richard­son, Alan Smith, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Da­vid Jones, To­masz Kusz­czak. FC Copen­ha­gen Te­am: Jes­per Chris­ti­ansen, Mi­chael Gravgaard, Lars Jac­ob­sen, Oscar Wendt, Brede Hange­land, At­iba Hutchin­son, Hjalte Bo Nor­regaard, To­bi­as Linderoth, Mi­chael Sil­berbauer, Mar­cus All­back, Fre­drik Ber­glund. Sub­stitutes: Mar­tin Ber­gvold, Wil­li­am Kv­ist, Razak Pim­pong, Dan Thomasen, Jeppe Brandrup, Nikolai Han­sen, Benny Gall.

 

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Paul Scho­les made his Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted as a sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Nicky Butt in a 2-2 Group Sta­ge draw to Bar­celona at Old Traf­ford on the 19th of Oct­ober 1994.

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