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Ryan Giggs hits his 100th Premier League goal as Rooney nets 3

November 28, 2009

Manchester United managed a 4-1 win against Portsmouth in a hotly disputed match at Fratton Park, with the main events being 3 penalties awarded, 2 for United and 1 for Portsmouth, Rooney scoring a hat-trick, and ‘Sir’ Ryan Giggs finally finding the net for his 100th goal in the Premier League, a perfect gift as he celebrates his 36th birthday tomorrow.

The match started in unfamiliar fashion for the Red Devils as Portsmouth, with new manager Avram Grant at the head, took possession of the United half and put pressure on the backline of United, who were defending rather badly to say the least. United were not causing too much trouble, as Sir Alex, watching from the stands following his suspension, sent out a 4-5-1 formation, with only Rooney as the lone striker, with both Berbatov and Owen on the bench.

The opener however came for United on 25th minute, following an incursion from Rooney in Pompey’s box, and clipped from behind by Michael Brown, although the foul was not an evident one, but referee Dean pointed to the spot, and Rooney stepped up to slot past the keeper.

However, 7 minutes later, Portsmouth won a penalty following a foul from Vidic as he tugged Piquionne’s shirt, and it was Boateng who stepped up to score as the United players continued to protest with the officials. Portsmouth may be got a deserved equalizer at that time as United were being completely outplayed and Portsmouth continued to raid the Red Devils backline, but an inspired Kuszczak was present to thwart them.

The second half was barely started when Rooney found the back of the net again, 2-1, 48th minute, following a brilliant pass from Giggs. Giggs was in the thick of the action yet again on the 54th minute as he battled for possession with Piquionne in the Portsmouth box, and was eventually brought down by the latter, winning the second penalty for United, and the 3rd of the match. Rooney once again stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, completing his first hat-trick of the season in the process.

Portsmouth continued to battle on, but on 87th minute, United won a freekick near the box, and Rooney left it for Giggs to place it beautifully in the keeper’s right hand corner, adding his 100th goal in the Premier League’s history. Utaka in the dying minutes had a scissors kick palmed onto the bar by the impressive Kusczak, and the score remained 1-4 United’s favor.



5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2009 10:40 pm

    Great performance by both Rooney and Giggs. Portsmouth had their chances, but they are too weak at the moment. They say tomorrow’s London derby could be decisive, but I’m seeing Man U too strong for letting Chelsea out.

    • Rite$h permalink
      November 29, 2009 8:27 pm

      Portsmouth indeed could have finish off United early in the game if they had some better strikers, as for the London derby, Chelsea have shown they are super favorites for the title with a 3-0 away win, and if United fail to keep up Chelsea will run further away

  2. November 29, 2009 8:54 am

    antonio valencia could have given usain bolt a run for his money.. the way he ran last night..

  3. November 29, 2009 7:18 pm

    I thought Porthsmouth played well until united’s 2nd goal. If they keep that performance up for the rest of the season, they can definitely get out of trouble!

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