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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 February, 2005, 09:41 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Man Utd v Portsmouth
Wayne Rooney celebrates his second strike for Manchester United
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyers residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's a selection of reports from the Premiership clash between Manchester United and Portsmouth at Old Trafford.

Sarah Beswick

Manchester United came away from the match with three points thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney, his first coming after just eight minutes.

Most of the first half was fairly incident free with Portsmouth never really looking to threaten United's lead.

With five minutes left in the first half O'Shea crossed the ball into the penalty area only for Ronaldo to put it over the bar. Gary Neville was injured right on half-time and was replaced in the second half by Alan Smith.

Portsmouth came out looking a stronger side in the second half and after just two minutes Gary O'Neil brought the two teams level.

Portsmouth seemed to find the same passion that their fans had brought with them and raised their game in the second half.

12 minutes from time United's Phil Neville and Portsmouth's Matthew Taylor were booked for scuffling. Now United seemed more determined than ever to get the points.

Saha was waiting on the touchline to come on when man-of-the-match Wayne Rooney stormed the Portsmouth penalty area and scored a close range sitter.

A record crowd of 67,489 watched on as United managed to get the three vital points that keep them ahead of Arsenal and snapping at the heels of Chelsea.

Craig Phillips

Phil Neville made his 300th start for United as they ran away with the game winning 2-1.

Manchester United started stronger looking more threatening down both the wings with Ronaldo and Gary Neville linking up well.

Ayegbeni Yakubu had an early shot for Portsmouth that just missed the upright of Tim Howard's goal.

Wayne Rooney then put United in front when Ruud van Nistelrooy missed a header from a Gary Neville cross, but Rooney was there to bring the ball home.

Gary Neville was injured late on in the first half and was substituted at half-time.

The half-time team talk must have worked wonders for the Pompey squad as they equalised only two minutes into the second half.

Gary O'Neil was the scorer with a scorching volley from 25-yards that had Tim Howard bewildered and the Old Trafford faithful stunned.

United made two substitutions with Quinton Fortune replacing Van Nistelrooy and Paul Scholes coming off for Ryan Giggs.

There was nothing to pick between the sides for the first fifteen minutes of the second half but United then started to shift gears with efforts from Rooney and Giggs both easily saved.

In a desperate attempt Pompey started to push forward only to be caught napping when Van Nistelrooy put the ball to Rooney's foot.

His first touch was great, his second better and his third went into the back of the net.

Ferguson's men claimed the victory but it wasn't easy for United as Pompey defended stubbornly.

Aivan Sunday

Two goals from Wayne Rooney put Manchester United in contention for the Premiership race.

Manchester United took the lead in the eighth minute after a dangerous cross from Gary Neville which the Portsmouth defence failed to clear before a good volley from Wayne Rooney put the home side ahead.

Manchester United took control of the game but Portsmouth weren't without their chances as Dejan Stefanovic put a shot wide.

A bad defence from Manchester United in the 46th minute gave Gary O'Neil the equaliser for the visiting team.

Manchester United dominated the second half before Phil Neville and Matthew Taylor were booked for a foul.

United kept the ball possession but couldn't brake a good Pompey defence. Ryan Giggs and Alan Smith both came on in the second half to combine with Van Nistelrooy who had returned from injury.

Pompey, who have won just two of their last nine games, came close through Lomana LuaLua, Steve Stone and Aiyegbeni Yakubu but failed to find the net.

Wayne Rooney converted a Van Nistelrooy pass in the 80th minute to give Manchester United the win which put them just six points behind leaders Chelsea.

Adam Hassan

Manchester United walked away victorious at Old Trafford after beating Portsmouth 2-1, complementing five consecutive Premiership wins.

It was clear from the start that United had more hunger than Portsmouth, attacking as soon as the whistle blew, attempting to break down the Portsmouth defence.

This finally paid off just after eight minutes when a fantastic ball from Gary Neville into the box was met by Wayne Rooney who easily converted it with control and power to score in the bottom right-hand corner.

Portsmouth struggled to get the ball in United's half, not getting much opportunity to score, Ayegbeni Yakubu did find his way out of a few shaky situations surrounded by United players.

The first half ends with United one up and dominating the game having more possession and attempts on goal more than the unfortunate Portsmouth side.

Alan Smith came on for an injured Gary Neville who was taken off at the end of the first half after a foul from Matthew Taylor and the second half kicked off with not too many expectations from Portsmouth.

But Portsmouth surprised United with a great goal from Gary O'Neil curling into the right-hand corner after just two minutes of the second half.

Rooney comes back with a volley to the right side of the area, though he hit the side netting.

70 minutes in and United passed very well leading to a powerful attempt by Rooney, again just going wide.

An argument occurred between Phil Neville and Matthew Taylor after they both tried to win the ball, but it ended in pushes and shoves and both players were booked.

10 minutes from time Van Nistelrooy's great pass found Rooney who worked hard to bypass Dejan Stefanovic in the box, strolling to place the ball past the keeper to give him his second goal of the game and his eighth Premiership goal of the season.

The final score 2-1, with two great goals from Rooney - my man-of-the-match.

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