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Man Utd v Rangers as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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My Sport
NotaViking on My Sport says: "Fantastic result, great effort from the team. We managed to push out a bit more in the 2nd half and we had a decent amount of possession. Shame we couldn't create any chances, but with that line-up, the only way we were getting a result was 0-0. Maybe with Weiss on, we would have done something, but can't complain - a point is a brilliant result."

My Sport
RidRed on My Sport says: "If Scotland do the same to Spain, (at Hampden, let alone in Spain) I'll be a very happy man."

2150: Thanks for joining me online or on your mobile phone tonight. I'll finish off with a few messages from My Sport...

2148: It has been a promising start to Rangers' Champions League campaign. A point at Old Trafford is an excellent result. Now, can they register a couple of wins at home to push for a top-two finish in the group?

2146: "Manchester United might not do too badly if they were admitted into the SPL." Bob by email to Sportsound

2144: "Tonight we were looking for a Scottish team to punch above their weight - Rangers have done that." BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

My Sport
billy on My Sport says: "Why are the folks from Paisley and Renfrew having a go at the Rangers performance tonight? Remember our co-efficient is at its lowest, a point is a good result for Scottish football, not just Rangers. Armchair fans, don't you just love them."

"You can call it anti-football if you want, but it was effective. Allan McGregor wasn't overworked." BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson


Full time
Full-time: Manchester United 0-0 Rangers
Congratulations to Rangers for winning a point. No doubt Alex Ferguson will be criticised for fielding a weakened team, but the SPL side rarely looked troubled at the back.

2137: If Rangers progress to the last 16, won't Walter Smith be called a tactical genius?

2136: And someone else is unhappy with Rangers. "Performances like this is what made the World Cup the stinker it was. Football has been ruined by this style of play, it's about winning a game, not just avoiding defeat. Forget this resources nonsense - Smith has strikers, but only one tactic. I'm starting to dislike modern football - it's boring." Text sent by Colin in Renfrew via 80295

2135: "What are we learning from this anti-football? How does this inspire Scottish kids to play the game? Yes, the result is respectable but what a pathetic display." From Scott in Paisley via text on 80295

2133: An in-swinging corner by Ryan Giggs goes right into "the mixer" but the referee blows for an infringement. Rangers can breathe easily.

2132: The announcement of six minutes of added time, largely to compensate for the time lost while the doctors treated Antonio Valencia, does not go down well with the Rangers fans.

2131: With Copenhagen scoring, the match at Old Trafford is the only Champions League tie this evening that has not had a goal.

2128: Clever play by Steven Naismith wins Rangers a throw-in deep in their own half. The travelling support will be nibbling at their nails as the clock ticks.

2127: Ryan Giggs' corner is cleared by the Rangers rearguard. Five minutes for United to get the breakthrough or for the Scots to produce a shock.

2126: "A few United fans are leaving early. Will they miss some late drama?" BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Old Trafford

2125: Darron Gibson has yet another long-range shot for the English side, one Allan McGregor must be relieved to see flash over the bar.

2123: Walter Smith makes a substitution for Rangers, sending Kyle Lafferty on for the tiring Kenny Miller.

2122: Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra tackles Darren Fletcher just as the Scotland captain was about to shoot from close range.

2120: I'm rubbing my eyes here in disbelief. Kirk Broadfoot takes up a terrific position on the left wing in a Rangers attack and passes for Lee McCulloch whose blast is deflected by Rio Ferdinand into the arms of Tomasz Kuszczak.

2118: Michael Owen comes on for Ji-Sung Park, and Jonny Evans takes to the field for Fabio Da Silva. Alex Ferguson's patience is wearing thin.

2115: Despite the big Rangers defender's appeal for a penalty, that would have been a soft award for a spot-kick.

2114: Action at both ends, as first Chris Smalling clips Kirk Broadfoot in the United box, sending his sprawling, then Wayne Rooney hauls down Maurice Edu when a United attack peters out.

2112: In United's best move of the match, Ryan Giggs gets past Steven Davis and pings a ball on to Wayne Rooney's head, but the England star's effort from 10 yards goes wide.

2110: Kirk Broadfoot has the chance to deliver a low cross into the box but hesitates and is closed down by Ji-Sung Park.

2107: The thin blue line at the back holds firm once more, as Rangers defenders Kirk Broadfoot then David Weir keep cool heads to thwart United.

"Old Trafford has been stunned by that horrendous injury to Valencia." BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Old Trafford

2105: Valencia is given a standing ovation as he is stretchered off the pitch. The imperious Ryan Giggs comes on as a substitute.

2102: "Rangers are growing in stature in this game and the United fans voice their disapproval." BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Old Trafford

2100: The game is stopped for a serious injury to Antonio Valencia. Big Kirk Broadfoot has his hands on his head and is looking a bit queasy. I fear it's a leg break. The TV coverage is not showing a replay of the incident - he seemed to land awkwardly.

2059: Steven Naismith's weak effort from 25 yards fails to trouble United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

2058: But credit to Rangers for their defending. Their interceptions at the edge of the box have been impeccable. But once they break, they get to the halfway line and run out of options.

2057: Manchester United are Scotland, if you catch my drift.

2056: The pattern of play in this match is not too dissimilar to Scotland v Liechtenstein last week.

2054: Sir Alex Ferguson is originally from Govan, home of Rangers. He played for the club in the late 1960s and scored 35 goals.

2051: Steven Naismith looks lively down the left wing. Sustained pressure is what Rangers need if they are to build some confidence that they can get a result.

2050: United press the Rangers defence into some hurried passing.

2048: Rangers had a few warnings in the first half from Darron Gibson; this time he volleys a right-footed shot a yard wide from the edge of the box.

2047: We're back under way.

"Rangers five-yard passing is shocking, defending is not enough. They have to pass to men in blue!!" Dave in West Lothian via text on 80295

2043: When Walter Smith hangs up his boots and coaching gear, how will he look back on nights like this? A. "We did what we had to do"? or B. "It wasn't my job to play expansive football at Old Trafford"? or C. "That point was the difference between getting knocked out and making it to the last 16"?

My Sport
bringthemonjpn on My Sport says: "Miller has done incredibly well with every ball that has gone his way. Rangers will get a few chances in this game. Just take one of them...please!"

2035: What does Walter Smith have up his sleeveless cardigan at half-time? Will we see a more ambitious approach in the second period? In his last hurrah in the Champions League, dare he urge his men forward to try to win the three points?

2032: Well, it could scarcely have gone better for Rangers, except if they had scored, of course.

Half time
Half-time: Manchester United 0-0 Rangers

Yellow card
2029: Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is booked for wasting time. The home fans jeer.

2028: "The last minute of the first half. Walter Smith will be delighted with the scoreline at present." BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith

2026: Defender David Weir, now 40, is cruising through the match so far. He epitomises Rangers these days, does he not? Unruffled, calm, not quite at his prime but worthy of respect...

2025: It's all gone quiet at Old Trafford. The game really needs a goal to get the fans going.

2023: Can Rangers make it to half-time with a clean sheet? Last season the only points they won in the Champions League were gained on their travels - against Stuttgart and Unirea Urziceni.

2022: United's Darron Gibson has another shot and this time it's on target, but Allan McGregor gathers comfortably.

2020: Rangers are defending admirably, but it's almost as if Walter Smith and Ally McCoist are operating a trip wire across the halfway line, preventing any blue shirt from advancing.

2019: Irish youngster Darron Gibson thunders a Paul Scholes-like shot past Allan McGregor's post.

2018: It's a good question, Al. And why do the stretcher-bearers who come on to the pitch wear helmets?

2017: "Why do the officials behind the goals get to wear trackie bottoms? I assume it's in case they get cold with all the standing about doing nothing they have to do!" BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Old Trafford

2015: United have Rangers pinned into their 18-yard line, but an accidental collision between Wes Brown and Kirk Broadfoot holds up play.

2014: "Rangers are certainly in it. Apart from Hernandez's header, United haven't really threatened." BBC Scotland football pundit Gordon Smith

2011: Almost 30 minutes played, and Rangers have made a good job of holding back United's patient build-up so far. If they can get to half time without conceding a goal, Walter Smith should consider it a good first 45 minutes.

2009: Scotland mates last week, rivals the next; Darren Fletcher crunches into Lee McCulloch in a challenge that sees the Scotland captain lucky to escape picking up a yellow card.

2006: Wayne Rooney breaks free and splits the Rangers defence in two but his final ball is cut out by Davie Weir and the Rangers fans breathe a sigh of relief. /CPS:EVENT>
2005: "The Rangers fans had their hearts in their mouths as that effort from Chucharito went close, but they've been in good voice so far." BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Old Trafford.

2000: There goes Rangers' Madjid Bougherra on one of his runs at outside right! The big Algerian runs into trouble, though.

1959: It's a decent start for the Scottish Premier League champions. They look relatively calm in possession.

1958: Rangers clear the danger posed by a free-kick delivered by Darren Fletcher.

1957: Javier Hernandez springs to head the ball fractionally past Allan McGregor's right-hand post. That was the best chance of the match so far and a warning to the Scots.

1955: Steven Davis floats in a right-footed free-kick that is headed tamely into the arms of United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

1954: Tonight is a good chance for Scotland fans to see why Darren Fletcher, who has now won 50 caps, plays a different role for and country.

1952: Rangers break from defence and win a free-kick in centre midfield. It's a chance for Rangers to get up the pitch.

1949: Kirk Broadfoot is playing at left-back for Rangers. Wayne Rooney is being partnered by Javier Hernandez up front for the hosts.

"Sitting on a plane waiting to go from Amsterdam to Paris - I've just looked at United's team and thought this shows 1. The total pointlessness of these endless group stages and, 2. As a Scot how far we have fallen as a football nation. Glad I will be in the air for the next 90 mins."Anonymous text via 80295

1946: Rangers enjoy some early touches before United launch an attack.

1945: Manchester United kick off the match.

1943: Allan McGregor is the only player in the Rangers squad who was at the club when the teams met in the 2003/04 Champions League matches. He was an unused sub. Tonight he faces a barrage from the Reds.

"Rangers insulted by the team Ferguson has selected? Name one Rangers player who could improve that team. They might be encouraged by the absence of Scholes and Berbatov, mind." Text from Rob in Newbury

1941: The teams make their way on to the pitch. United are in their traditional red shirts and white shorts, Rangers are sporting an all-blue strip.

My Sport
followfollow2010 on My Sport says: "I think as long as Rangers go into the game with confidence and don't show Man Utd too much respect they can give a good account of themselves and Scottish football! Man Utd at home is no easy game for any team in the world but I feel we can give them a good battle tonight."

"The atmosphere is building inside Old Trafford. The stadium announcer does his part by cranking up 'Relight my fire'. Can't beat a bit of Take That to get the adrenalin pumping!" BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Old Trafford

1933: "Kenny Miller will do an important job for the Rangers team tonight, chasing players to make sure the United back line don't have a spare minute." BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

1932: Rangers striker Kenny Miller jokes that he was trying to kick United's Darren Fletcher when the pair were together on Scotland duty last week.

1931: Fifteen minutes until kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams. But will Rangers be calling Old Trafford that at the end of 90 minutes?

My Sport
slumberjakey on My Sport says: "Rangers may not have a better chance of getting a result against a moral-stricken Man Utd team who appear to have lost their momentum, albeit temporarily."

1926: These two teams are used to winning matches but, crucially, against a different standard of opposition. One of the challenges for Rangers is how to step up from Scottish Premier League football to competing in the Champions League. The Ibrox side struggled to beat Hamilton in their last league outing.

1923: So it's Manchester v Glasgow. Coronation Street v River City. A team from the north v a team from the north north.

1921: Gavin from Belfast has texted to say he felt like the President of the USA being part of the Rangers cavalcade that sped from the fans' holding area in Wigan to Manchester. He says he always knew he was special. Ha!

1919: Darren Fletcher is the only player to have kept his place after United allowed Everton to score two injury-time goals. Rio Ferdinand is the captain for the Reds and Wayne Rooney is back to terrorise the visitors.

1918: Sir Alex Ferguson has made 10 changes to the Manchester United side that drew with Everton at the weekend. United go with: Kuszczak, Brown, Ferdinand, Smalling, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Fletcher, Gibson, Park, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Van der Sar, Owen, Anderson, Giggs, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Macheda.

1915: That's four centre-back plus Steven Whittaker in defence for Rangers. On a more positive note, there is pace up front with Kenny Miller, who has enjoyed a good start to the season. And Steven Naismith has to get forward too if Rangers are to cause Manchester United something to worry about.

Rangers go with: McGregor, Broadfoot, Weir, Bougherra, Papac, Whittaker, Davis, McCulloch, Edu, Naismith, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Lafferty, Foster, Beattie, Weiss, Little, Hutton. That's a 5-4-1.

1912: Will it be a night full of surprises? Well, if so, it hasn't begun with one - Rangers will have a defensive formation.

1910: A warm welcome to a night of Champions League football, with Rangers playing Manchester United at Old Trafford in the opening round of fixtures in Group C.



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