Man United 3 Portsmouth 0

Louis Saha

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ports­mouth 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Nov­ember 4, 2006. Man­chester Uni­ted set a new at­tend­ance re­cord in the Pre­miership as more than 76,000 people watched the ho­me mat­ch ag­ainst Ports­mouth on the 4th of Nov­ember 2006. Uni­ted led by two goals at the break and ad­ded a third goal in the sec­ond ha­lf to be­at Pom­pey 3-0.

The Man­chester Uni­ted play­ers mar­ked Sir Al­ex Fer­guson’s twenty years as man­ager by beat­ing Ports­mouth to the tune of 3-0 at Old Traf­ford, and the ex­per­i­enced head coach was more than con­tent fol­low­ing the tri­umph over Pom­pey. Uni­ted went ahead cour­tesy of a well ex­ecuted pen­alty kick from Louis Saha af­ter Way­ne Roo­ney had be­en tripped in­side the eight­een-yard box by Ports­mouth and Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ser­bia and Montenegro de­fender De­jan Stefan­ovic al­ready in the third min­ute of the tie. Madeir­an ma­gi­cian Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo then sco­red the sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon wi­th an amaz­ing free-kick af­ter ten min­utes of ac­tion be­fore for­mer Red Star Bel­grade and Spar­tak Mo­scow centre back Ne­manja Vid­ic head­ed ho­me a pre­cise cross from at­tack minded de­fender Ga­ry Ne­ville in the sixty-sixth min­ute of the en­counter. The Frat­ton Park te­am had sev­er­al op­por­tun­it­ies to score dur­ing the ga­me, but the vis­it­ors were denied by ho­me goal­keeper Ed­win van der Saar. The three points gain­ed ag­ainst Ports­mouth meant that Man­chester Uni­ted were now lead­ing Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble by three points. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Ry­an Gig­gs, Rio Fer­dinand, Paul Scho­les, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Way­ne Roo­ney, Louis Saha. Sub­stitutes: To­masz Kusz­czak, John O’Shea, Mi­kael Sil­vestre, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Wes Brown.


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