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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005, 11:27 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Man Utd v Portsmouth
BBC Sport continue their partnership with Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer 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 are some of the reports from Manchester United's 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the Premiership.

By Sarah Young

On the day of George Best's funeral, Old Trafford said an emotional final farewell to one of sport's greatest legends, with a minute of rapturous applause.

Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney celebrate

All 67,684 who attended today's match impeccably observed this tribute to the star.

12 minutes into the first half, Wayne Rooney came close to scoring the opening goal of the match.

This was repeated three minutes later.

Both teams played well during the first half and in the 20th minute Paul Scholes scored the first goal for Manchester United.

With one minute of added time, the score at half-time was Manchester United 1-0 Portsmouth.

At the beginning of the second half John O'Shea was substituted by Kieran Richardson.

Early on in the second half there was some concern as Portsmouth player Dejan Stefanovic disappeared over the barrier behind the goal.

10 minutes into the second half saw a goal attempt by Rooney which followed with another good try by Ruud van Nistelrooy in the 79th minute.

Portsmouth made a substitution which saw Dario Silva taken off to be replaced by Svetoslav Todorov.

Following a hand ball Manchester Utd decided to take of Ryan Giggs and replace him with Cristiano Ronaldo.

39 minutes into the second half saw a goal by Rooney.

The ball had been expertly supplied by Louis Saha who had only moments before replaced Park Ji-Sung.

With only five minutes remaining Van Nistelrooy planted the ball into the back of the net.

The final result was Manchester United 3-0 Portsmouth.

By Brian Truesdale

On the day of United legend George Best's funeral the players of United paid tribute by thrashing Portsmouth 3-0.

During the first 10 minutes of the game both teams looked edgy in the back four and could have both scored.

The partnership between Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney looked dangerous throughout the first half, both having shots come close, but it took Paul Scholes in the 20th minute to show them how it's done.

Pompey tried to reply, piling the pressure on but to no avail and both teams went in at half-time with the score at 1-0.

Kick-off in the second half saw Kieran Richardson on for John O'Shea and the start of a long battle against Lomano Lua Lua but the shock decision was the appeal for hand ball in that it was not given.

When two sets of fresh legs came on for United in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha we saw a switch in the tempo and within a minute of Saha coming on we saw Rooney score in the 80th minute from Saha's ball.

Ronaldo was playing magically down the right flank, destroying the Pompey defence.

He played a sly cross to Van Nistelrooy to lob the keeper from short range to score the final goal in the 85th minute to see United win for the fifth time in a row in the Premiership, the longest winning sequence this season.

By Leeann Williams

Around the football ground there were 67,684 fans and supporters in Old Trafford for the Manchester Utd and Portsmouth game.

This is the 25th time the two clubs have played against one another and Manchester United have won 15 times.

The atmosphere was amazing, the fans were screaming and applauding as the two teams came on to the pitch.

The crowd paid tribute to George Best as a memory of his life as a football legend.

They kicked off at 5.15 and at 5.33 Scholes scored the first goal for United and the crowd was ecstatic as Portsmouth fans cheer 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'.

Rio Ferdinand slipped and Wayne Rooney took the first free-kick, there was a second free-kick taken by Ryan Giggs at 5.49.

We then went on to half-time after an amazing first half.

In the second half, Portsmouth Captain Dejan Stefanovic took an unlucky kick and ended up falling over the barriers.

Kieran Richardson came on to replace John O'Shea and Svetoslav Todorov came on for Portsmouth as Dario Silva went off.

Ryan Giggs for Manchester Utd went off and changed with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Matthew Taylor went off to change with number 11 Laurent Robert for Portsmouth.

United's Ronaldo went down injured, after being tackled by Andy Griffin.

Park Ji-Sung went off to change with Louis Saha.

United then scored their second goal at 6.54 by Rooney.

At 6.59 the third goal is scored by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

By Katie Davies

At the start of the game there was a minutes applause for football legend George Best.

Last time Manchester United played Portsmouth, United beat them 2-1.

Wayne Rooney tried to score but it went wide 15 minutes into the game and again minutes later.

Park Ji-Sung took a shot but it went over.

20 minutes into the game, Paul Scholes scored.

In the second half John O'Shea was replaced by Kieran Richardson while for Portsmouth Svetoslav Todorov replaced Dario Silva.

Ryan Giggs went off to be replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo went down injured following a tackle by Andy Griffin.

Louis Saha was replaced by Park Ji-Sung.

At 6.54pm Rooney scored.

Five minutes later Ruud van Nistelrooy made it 3-0 for Manchester United.

Links to more Tackling Skills stories


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