Everton 0 Manchester U 2

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Ever­ton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Good­ison Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Au­gust 13, 2005. Man­chester Uni­ted, who had fin­ished the pre­vi­sion sea­son in third place, had no prob­lems in their 2005-06 cam­paign open­er ag­ainst Ever­ton at Good­ison Park. Uni­ted went in­to the lead cour­tesy of a goal by Ruud van Nistel­rooy two min­utes ahead of the in­ter­val, be­fore Way­ne Roo­ney doubled the ad­vant­age with­in the fir­st min­ute of the sec­ond period.

The Man­chester Uni­ted Fir­st Te­am Squad for the 2005-06 cam­paign in­cluded goal­keep­ers Timothy How­ard, Ed­win van der Sar, and Lu­ke Steele; de­fenders Ga­ry Ne­ville, Gab­riel Hein­ze, Rio Fer­dinand, Wes­ley Bro­wn, John O’Shea, Phil Bard­s­ley, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Ger­ard Pique, and Ad­am Eck­ers­ley; mid­field­ers Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-sung Park, Roy Ke­ane, Liam Miller, Paul Scho­les, Kier­an Richard­son, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Quin­ton For­tune, Lee Mar­tin, Ritch­ie Jones, and Dar­ron Gib­son; and for­wards Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Way­ne Roo­ney, Louis Saha, Ruud van Nistel­rooy, Alan Smith, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and Gi­useppe Ros­si. Ji-sung Park and Ed­win van der Sar had be­en bro­ught to the club dur­ing the clo­se sea­son, whi­le Roy Car­roll, Jose Kle­ber­son, Ri­cardo Lo­pez, Dan­iel Nardi­ello Phil Ne­ville, Mi­chael Stew­art, and Paul Tier­ney had be­en re­leased or sold. As for Man­chester United´s pre-sea­son cam­paign, The Reds had beaten Clyde, Pe­ter­bor­ough Uni­ted, Hong Kong, Beijing Hy­undai, Ur­awa Red Dia­monds, and Roy­al An­t­werp, and lost to Kashi­ma Antlers.

Man­chester Uni­ted dom­in­ated the pos­ses­sion of the ball for long peri­ods and the vis­it­ing si­de could have won by a lar­ger mar­gin. The Old Traf­ford men star­ted the ga­me on a bright note wi­th a couple of early goal scor­ing chances falling­ to Dutch in­ter­na­tion­al Ruud van Nistel­rooy who un­for­tu­nately waisted bo­th of those op­por­tun­it­ies. But shortly be­fore the ha­lf time re­fresh­ments, the twenty-nine-year-old marks­man ma­naged to break the de­fens­ive dead­lock when he con­ver­ted an ex­cel­lent cross from Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al John O´Shea to hand Man­chester Uni­ted a de­served lead in the 43rd min­ute of the con­test. Wi­th barely a min­ute gone of the sec­ond pe­riod, Way­ne Roo­ney stret­ched the ad­vant­age fur­ther when a rather awk­ward and bizarre pass from Ever­ton and Ni­ger­ia de­fender Joseph Yobo ended up at the two feet of the for­mer Ever­ton stri­ker who slot­ted the ball pa­st Good­ison Park goal­keeper Nigel Martyn and the right post and in­to the back of the net to se­cure a com­fort­able 2-0 open­ing day win for Uni­ted over The Tof­fee­men. Ever­ton Te­am: Nigel Martyn, Aless­andro Pis­tone, Da­vid Weir, To­ny Hi­b­bert, Phil Ne­ville, Joseph Yobo, Mikel Ar­teta, Si­mon Dav­ies, Le­on Os­man, Tim Ca­hill, Ja­mes Beat­tie. Sub­stitutes: Kev­in Kil­bane, Mar­cus Bent, Duncan Fer­guson, Ja­mes Mc­Fad­den, Rich­ard Wright. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Ga­ry Ne­ville, John O’Shea, Roy Ke­ane, Rio Fer­dinand, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Paul Scho­les, Way­ne Roo­ney, Ruud van Nistel­rooy, Ji-Sung Park. Sub­stitutes: Kier­an Richard­son, Gab­riel Hein­ze, Alan Smith, Guiseppe Ros­si, Tim Howard.


Ruud van Nistelrooy Quickfacts

Whi­le wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted, Ruud van Nistel­rooy won the Pre­mier Lea­gue in 2002-03, the FA Cup in 2003-04, the FA Com­munity Shield in 2003, and the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup in 2005-06.


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