Man United 6 Fenerbache 2
Manchester United 6 Fenerbache 2, Old Trafford, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, September 28, 2004. Following his transfer from Everton Wayne Rooney registered a hat-trick on his first team debut for Manchester United in an impressive 6-2 triumph over Turkish Super League side Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in the Champions League Group Stage.
Manchester United´s starting lineup contained Roy Carroll, Gary Neville, Jose Kleberson, Gabriel Heinze, Rio Ferdinand, Mikael Silvestre, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Bellion, and Ryan Giggs. Fenerbache´s starting eleven, meanwhile, included Rustu Recber, Fatih Akyel, Fabio Luciano, Umit Ozat, Alex de Souza, Deniz Baris, Mehmet Aurelio, Serkan Balci, Marcio Nobre, Tuncay Sanli, and Pierre Van Hooijdonk. Manchester United entered the match fresh from a 1-0 Premier League win against Tottenham Hotpsur at White Hart Lane with Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute. Against Fenerbache, Welsh international winger Ryan Giggs headed Manchester United into an early lead after a mere seven minutes of the action, before Wayne Rooney hammered home his first goal for The Reds ten minutes later in the game. Then in the 28th minute of the Champions League fixture, the same man powered a long distance rocket past Fenerbache and Turkey custodian Rustu Recber and into the back of the net from twenty yards to make it 3-0 to the Old Trafford side at the half-time break.
Following the restart, Manchester United continued to outperform Fenerbache and Rooney eventually completed his treble when the forward converted a free kick ten minutes into the second frame of the contest. Strikers Marcio Nobre and Tuncay Sanli managed to reduce the deficit for The Yellow Navy Blues in the 47th and 60th minute of the encounter respectively, but late goals from dynamic and free scoring marksman Ruud van Nistelrooy and France U21 international forward David Bellion made the final scoreline read 6-2 in favour of the hosts. Born in Liverpool, Wayne Rooney had been brought to Manchester United from his boyhood team Everton by Sir Alex Ferguson for a transfer fee of around £25.6 million at the front end of the 2004-05 season, and the meilleur buteur par excellence proceeded to score 253 goal during 559 first class games for the Old Trafford club before he returned to Goodison Park at the beginning of the 2016-2017 campaign. Manchester United Team: Roy Carroll, Gary Neville, Mikael Silvestre, Jose Kleberson, Rio Ferdinand, David Bellion, Gabriel Heinze, Wayne Rooney, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs. Substitutes: Alan Smith, Phil Neville, Liam Miller, Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Lopez Felipe. Fenerbache Team: Rustu Recber, Fatih Akyel, Fabio Luciano, Umit Ozat, Alex de Souza, Deniz Baris, Mehmet Aurelio, Serkan Balci, Marcio Nobre, Tuncay Sanli, Pierre Van Hooijdonk. Substitutes: Volkan Demirel, Serhat Akin, Selcuk Sahin, Onder Turaci, Fabiano Rodriguez, Murat Hacioglu, and Mehmet Yozgatli.