Man United 3 Portsmouth 0
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.