Man United 6 Fenerbache 2

Wayne Rooney

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.


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