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Last Updated: Monday, 27 March 2006, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Man Utd v Birmingham
Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney share Man Utd's goals

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 Man Utd's 3-0 win over Birmingham City at Old Trafford.

By Gemma McLenaghan

The game started off with a foul from Birmingham City in the second minute that gave Ryan Giggs a free kick that he then tremendously scored.

Then in the sixth minute Birmingham fouled again leaving Ryan Giggs yet another free kick which Maik Taylor easily saved.

In the 14th minute of the game Giggs scored again. It was a brilliat goal that was assisted by Rooney.

A couple of minutes later Rooney himself came close to scoring but unfortunately he was off-side.

Birmingham did not have as much possession as Manchester United although Birmingham were playing much better than they had against Liverpool.

Kieran Richardson was injured after 23 minutes and was replaced by Ji-Sung Park.

The second half started off with two free kicks, one for each team. United brought on Ruud Van Nistelrooy in exchange for Louis Saha.

Birmingham seemed to be playing a lot better in the second half but conceded another goal to Wayne Rooney, who could easily have had a hat-trick.

By Craig Rothwell

Today's match was in Manchester United's favour from the beginning.

Birmingham City had not won a game at Old Trafford in 28 years, plus Manchester United had a record of five consecutive wins. Birmingham on other hand were crushed earlier this week by Liverpool and are facing relegation.

The first goal of the match came from Ryan Giggs during the second minute of play. The goal came from a free kick won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Giggs had another chance from another free kick during the sixth minute but the Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor stopped it easily. But Giggs did score again nine minutes later thanks to a brilliant pass from Wayne Rooney.

During the second half, Birmingham started to play better creating more chances and defending very well, but they still couldn't get a goal past Silvestre in defence, although they did have some close calls.

Manchester United replaced Giggs for Fletcher in the 76th minute and Saha for van Nistelrooy in the 80th.

The final goal was scored by Rooney two minutes later leaving the final score at 3-0 to Manchester United.

By Andrew Case

Wayne Rooney kept Birmingham in the relegation zone as his second half goal widened the gap between United and Liverpool.

Ryan Giggs scored the first of two great goals, his first coming in the second minute flying into the back of the net.

Manchester United were awarded another free kick in the sixth minute but were denied by City keeper Maik Taylor.

Ryan Giggs got on the scoreboard for the second time when Wayne Rooney gave the pass for him to slam it in.

Although Birmingham showed good fighting spirit, Manchester United kept pushing on with Ronaldo creating a few chances.

Ji-Sung Park came on in the 38th minute to replace the injured Kieron Richardson.

Birmingham showed a lot more fighting spirit than they did against Liverpool and showed a lot more character in the second half with Stephen Clemence creating a brilliant shot which was met by an equally brilliant save by Edwin van der Sar.

Wayne Rooney finished off the scoring when he raced past the Birmingham defence to put the third past Taylor.

Gary Neville played wonderfully for his 500th game for the home side, in front of the biggest crowd since 1920 - 69,017.

By Philip Derbyshire

Ryan Giggs brought the first goal to the match with a superb free kick brought on by a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Within 16 minutes Manchester United went 2-0 up again by Ryan Giggs after a fantastic through-ball by Wayne Rooney.

At this point the Birmingham fans were trying to get behind their team.

In the 25th minute a foul on Nemanja Vidic by Martin Latka earned Birmingham their first yellow card.

Gary Neville played his 500th game and like any other he played well.

Manchester United made Birmingham┐s goalkeeper work hard with all the chances they had.

In the second half Birmingham came together well and played really hard. They found themselves with a couple of chances which they failed to do anything with.

In the final few minutes Wayne Rooney made it 3-0 to give the hosts a definitive win.

The attendance was its highest since 1920 at 69,017.

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