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Man Utd   3 - 0   Newcastle

Darren Fletcher celebrates scoring the second for Man Utd
Fletcher celebrates scoring the second for the home side

By Saj Chowdhury

Manchester United made the perfect start to their title bid with a comfortable victory against promoted side Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring when he fired past Steve Harper from the left-edge of the six-yard area.

Darren Fletcher doubled the lead with a close-range effort, before Ryan Giggs volleyed in a third late on.

Andy Carroll wasted Newcastle's best chance when he directed his free header wide from about four yards out.

Had that gone in with a little more than 10 minutes played, then it would have calmed the Magpies' jitters.

As it was, those jitters cost Chris Hughton's side dearly as they were soon reminded of the gulf in class between Championship and Premier League opposition.

Berbatov's opener came after a period of constant pressure from Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Fletcher hails 'unbelievable' Scholes

The Bulgaria striker, who is into his third season at the club, placed his angled effort wide of Harper after ghosting past full-back Jose Enrique.

Berbatov owned the Magpies' final third during the match, either drifting wide or dropping deep to give the opposition a major headache.

In contrast, his strike partner Wayne Rooney remained off-colour, and was replaced by new signing Javier Hernandez in the second half, but a below-par Rooney is better than no Rooney at all.

His decisive touch, whether intentional or not, led to the Red Devils' second goal.

Nani picked out the marauding Patrice Evra on the left of the area and the Frenchman fired the ball across which Rooney nudged on to Fletcher, who in turn spun Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini and poked past Harper.

606: DEBATE

The Scot also scored when the two teams last met at Old Trafford on the opening day of the 2008/09 season.

Last year's runners-up must have had one eye on equalling champions Chelsea's opening fixture feat, when they put six past West Brom.

Their third should have come from the move of the match.

Paul Scholes, who was free to dictate play having been smothered for space in the opening 15 minutes, played a quick ball to Rooney on the edge of the area, whose flick found Berbatov.

Unfortunately for the striker, his finish with the outside of his boot beat Harper but also the left-hand post.

Nani, one of Ferguson's most-improved players, then tried his luck from 20 yards but his low curling effort narrowly missed the target too.

Hughton tries to find positives

In the last 10 minutes, the effervescent Berbatov was again put through by Scholes, but after easing past a couple of challengers, Harper stood firm to block his final effort.

However, the Newcastle keeper had little chance to stop the brilliant third.

Mastermind Scholes, 30 yards from goal, floated the ball to substitute Giggs on the left, who calmly volleyed down into the ground and past Harper.

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Monday, 16 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 3-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Berbatov 33
  • Fletcher 41
  • Giggs 85

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: FoyAtt: 75,221
    MAN UTD
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Man Utd 62%
    • Newcastle 38%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 7
    • Newcastle 2

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 5
    • Newcastle 2

    Corners

    • Man Utd 3
    • Newcastle 2

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 8
    • Newcastle 4
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:24 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+2:03 Foul by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) on Shola Ameobi (Newcastle). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Joey Barton (Newcastle) from right channel, passed.
    • 90:00+0:43 Handball by Joey Barton (Newcastle). Free kick curled left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 90:00+0:31 Attacking throw-in by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd).
    • 90:00+0:17 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball.
    • 89:15 Shot by Xisco (Newcastle) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 88:35 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 87:15 Darren Fletcher crosses the ball, save made by Steve Harper.
    • 87:07 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 86:56 Shot by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle).
    • 85:52 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 85:52 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Patrice Evra replaced by Rafael Da Silva (injury).
    • 85:52 Header by Xisco (Newcastle) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 84:38 Assist (pass) by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from right channel.
    • 84:38 GOAL - Ryan GiggsMan Utd 3 - 0 Newcastle Goal by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) volleyed left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).Man Utd 3-0 Newcastle.
    • 82:46 The referee blows for offside against Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 81:57 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 81:12 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 79:59 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 79:59 Substitution Newcastle substitution: Jonas Gutierrez replaced by Xisco (tactical).
    • 78:09 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Joey Barton (Newcastle) to centre, clearance by Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd). Cross by Joey Barton (Newcastle), header by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 76:52 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
    • 76:13 Antonio Valencia decides to take a short corner.
    • 74:44 Paul Scholes challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
    • 72:43 Cross by Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 72:17 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 71:50 Wayne Routledge produces a cross.
    • 71:26 Short corner worked by Joey Barton.
    • 70:06 Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Steve Harper (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 70:06 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Luis Nani replaced by Ryan Giggs (tactical).
    • 70:06 Substitution Newcastle substitution: Kevin Nolan replaced by Shola Ameobi (tactical).
    • 70:06 Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) caught offside.
    • 69:09 Foul by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd) on Alan Smith (Newcastle). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Joey Barton (Newcastle) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 68:32 Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • 67:30 Luis Nani crosses the ball, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
    • 67:15 Luis Nani takes a short corner.
    • 66:10 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 64:12 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 63:17 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), resulting in open play.
    • 62:08 Substitution Javier Hernandez replaces Wayne Rooney.
    • 60:40 Header by Andrew Carroll (Newcastle) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 60:17 Attacking throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 59:33 Patrice Evra (Man Utd) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Steve Harper (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 58:08 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to near post, clearance by Alan Smith (Newcastle).
    • 57:00 Cross by Patrice Evra (Man Utd), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 55:28 Free kick taken by Steve Harper. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
    • 55:28 Booking Caution for Darren Fletcher.
    • 55:12 Darren Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton.
    • 53:59 Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 53:30 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 53:06 Shot by Andrew Carroll (Newcastle) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 51:38 Alan Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:38 Booking Paul Scholes goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 51:32 Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Paul Scholes results in a free kick.
    • 50:45 Foul by Andrew Carroll (Newcastle) on Jonathan Evans (Man Utd). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Paul Scholes (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 50:17 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 49:02 Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
    • 48:13 Foul by Luis Nani (Man Utd) on Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Steve Harper (Newcastle) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 47:21 Centre by Antonio Valencia, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
    • 46:27 Centre by Luis Nani, Steve Harper makes a comfortable save.
    • 46:14 Cross by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:12 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 44:41 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 41:00 The assist for the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
    • 41:00 GOAL - Darren FletcherMan Utd 2 - 0 Newcastle Darren Fletcher grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle.
    • 40:09 The ball is swung over by James Perch.
    • 37:36 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
    • 37:25 The ball is swung over by Joey Barton, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
    • 36:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Dimitar Berbatov. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:00 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 32:45 Assist by Paul Scholes.
    • 32:45 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovMan Utd 1 - 0 Newcastle Dimitar Berbatov scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle.
    • 31:23 Attacking throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 30:41 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 29:29 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd) to far post, clearance by Andrew Carroll (Newcastle).
    • 29:19 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), save (tipped round post) by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 28:52 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 28:29 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
    • 28:08 The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, James Perch gets a block in.
    • 25:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Wayne Routledge. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:01 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 23:17 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 21:40 Free kick taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) from left channel (30 yards), hit wall.
    • 21:40 Booking James Perch (Newcastle) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 21:40 Foul by James Perch (Newcastle) on Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 20:56 Antonio Valencia challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 19:04 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 17:49 Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
    • 17:49 Booking Joey Barton receives a caution.
    • 17:20 Joey Barton challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 17:02 Shot by Andrew Carroll (Newcastle) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 15:59 Luis Nani takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 15:31 Attacking throw-in by Darren Fletcher (Man Utd).Cross by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd), clearance by Mike Williamson (Newcastle).
    • 15:22 Attacking throw-in by John O'Shea (Man Utd).
    • 14:25 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 13:18 Foul by Alan Smith (Newcastle) on Paul Scholes (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) from right channel (30 yards), hit wall.
    • 12:39 Shot by John O'Shea (Man Utd) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Alan Smith (Newcastle).
    • 12:25 Attacking throw-in by Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 11:34 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to near post, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle). Clearance by Andrew Carroll (Newcastle).
    • 9:16 Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, Andrew Carroll has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 8:12 Shot by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
    • 6:53 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 5:55 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd).
    • 3:34 Goal kick taken short by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 2:40 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
    • 0:39 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 1 6 3
    2 Blackpool 1 4 3
    3 Aston Villa 1 3 3
    4 Man Utd 1 3 3
    5 Wolves 1 1 3
    6 Blackburn 1 1 3
    7 Birmingham 1 0 1
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    11 Bolton 1 0 1
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    13 Man City 1 0 1
    14 Tottenham 1 0 1
    15 Stoke 1 -1 0
    16 Everton 1 -1 0
    17 Newcastle 1 -3 0
    18 West Ham 1 -3 0
    19 Wigan 1 -4 0
    20 West Brom 1 -6 0

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