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Premiership: Boro thrash United

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough was an "embarrassment" according to boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

United were 3-0 down at half-time, with defensive errors to blame for all three of those goals.

Boro opened the scoring after only two minutes and continued to dominate the match for the rest of the half.

Midfielder Gaizka Mendieta scored the first and last goals for the home side, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted for United, their 1,000th Premiership goal.

United goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar should have done better with Mendieta's early long-range effort, while Rio Ferdinand let Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink past him for the second.

Middlesbrough players celebrate
Middlesbrough players celebrate
Kieran Richardson needlessly gave away a penalty just before half-time, scored by Yakubu, before Mendieta stroked home the fourth.

Ronaldo's header stopped it being United's worst loss since 1999, but it was still the club's heaviest defeat for 18 months.

After the game Sir Alex said "It was a shocking performance. We conceded some terrible goals and we can't afford do that with what we're trying to achieve."

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