Manchester United 3 Celtic 1

Tom Cleverley

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Glas­gow Celt­ic 1, The Ro­gers Centre, Friendly Fix­ture, Ju­ly 16, 2010. Man­chester Uni­ted got off to a con­vin­cing start on their 2010 North Amer­ica Sum­mer Tour as they de­feated Celt­ic by 3-1 in To­ronto. Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Dan­ny Wel­beck, and Tom Clev­er­ley sco­red one goal each for Uni­ted, whi­le Geor­gios Samaras net­ted for The Hoops.

Man­chester United´s 2010 Sum­mer Tour was the club´s fir­st trip to the Uni­ted States un­der the own­er­ship of the Glazer fam­ily. Uni­ted, who also had North Amer­ic­an tours in 1950, 1952, 1960, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 2003, and 2004, opened their 2010 pre-sea­son tour wi­th a fine 3-1 tri­umph over Celt­ic in To­ronto. The Reds went in­to a de­served lead when Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov fou­nd the back of the net in the 34th min­ute of the con­test wi­th a bril­liant left foot drive. For­mer Man­chester City wing­man Geor­gios Samaras ev­entually equal­ised for The Bhoys from the pen­alty spot in the 61st min­ute of the friendly en­counter be­fore Ber­batov cros­sed low for Gab­riel Ober­tan re­place­ment Dan­ny Wel­beck who re­gistered Man­chester United´s sec­ond goal from clo­se ran­ge in the 79th min­ute of the ac­tion. Then, wi­th a mere sev­en min­utes left on the watch of mat­ch of­fi­cial Silviu Pet­res­cu, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov fou­nd for­ward think­ing mid­fielder Tom Clev­er­ley who made the fi­nal sco­reline read 3-1 in fa­vour of Man­chester Uni­ted when his twenty-five-yard shot changed dir­ec­tion af­ter hit­ting Celt­ic and Re­pub­lic of Ire­land de­fender Dar­ren O’Dea. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Ra­fael da Silva, Chris Small­ing, Jon­ny Evans, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Fa­bio da Silva, Paul Scho­les, Ry­an Gig­gs, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Mame Biram Di­ouf. Sub­stitutes: Ritch­ie De Laet, Fe­d­erico Ma­cheda, Wes Bro­wn, Tom Clev­er­ley, Dan­ny Wel­beck, To­masz Kusz­czak. Glas­gow Celt­ic Te­am: Lukasz Za­luska, Charles Mul­grew, Tho­mas Ro­gne, Ma­rk Wil­son, Joe Led­ley, Marc Cro­sas, Ja­mes For­rest, Shaun Malo­ney, Dar­ren O’Dea, Scott Bro­wn, Marc-Ant­oine For­tune. Sub­stitutes: Geor­gios Samaras, Cha Du-ri, Ki Sung-yueng, Si­mon Ferry, Ben Hutchin­son, Jos Hoo­iveld, Pad­dy Mc­Court, Glenn Loovens, Paul Cad­dis, Domin­ic Cervi.

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