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Carrick Taking Penalties? O’Shea As Captain? Aberdeen 0 – 2 United

Gary Neville Manchester United AberdeenIn a somewhat emotional return to Aberdeen for Sir Alex Ferguson, 25 years after winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup against Real Madrid, United finished 2-0 winners.

Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney were the goalscorers, in a game which featured first teamers Gary Neville, John O’Shea Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Mikael Silvestre, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs. It was also the opportunity for a few from the ranks to have their chance to shine, with the likes of Amos, Simpson, Eagles, Campbell and Gibson getting a game.

All in all, Ferguson found the game “fine”, admitting that as expected, there were no great performances from any of the lads.

The first goal came from a penalty won by Wayne Rooney, after Michael Carrick played through a superb ball through in to the box. Rooney was tripped by the keeper and surprisingly it was Carrick who coolly slotted away the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.

Rooney came close to doubling the lead on a couple of occasions, which one of his chances curling just wide of the post. Giggsy had a great chance to score with his head after a cross in to the box from Rooney, however the ball came back off the woodwork.

Our second goal came from Rooney following a ball in from Darren Fletcher. Wayne glanced it in to the far corner, another header to his name.

18-year-old Ben Amos was the goalkeeper for the majority of the game, pulling off a few fine saves. He was later substituted for Gary Woods.

O’Shea came on in the second half for Vidic and was later given the captain’s armband when Giggs was replaced by Campbell with an hour played.

The atmosphere was pleasant, with both sets of fans asking for a wave from Fergie, and Giggs being applauded whenever he took a corner.

The jury is still out on the new away kit though…

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  1. anakin says:

    Well Earlier i thought it was not as good as the Black one we had last season,
    But its not that Bad.
    And anyway, why does it matter what color a team wears.
    We won our first European cup in ’68 wearing blue.

  2. Anon says:

    What was that glass trophy we got at the end?

  3. Tom F says:

    Nice reception from the Aberdeen fans, the new kit looks horrible on. I didn’t mind it before, but the colour around the neck looks weird.

    As for the game, good to see Martin, Gibson and Eagles back and Rooney score a headed goal.

  4. Eddie says:

    Campbell impressed me.
    The white away kit didnt look that bad. I t actually looked nice!
    Rooney scored, thankfully. That will help him this season.

  5. Superdorz says:

    Great to see Wazza on the scorsheet. Decent goal too. Hopefully he will rise this season to be the world class player we all know he should be.

    And I was impressed with the Aberdeen fans, very nice touch.

  6. Drew Vader says:

    How did Neville look?

    Performance wise, not in relation to the kit…

  7. Kevin says:

    Thought the game was alright, nothing to exciting. Was glad that United had some decent performances and I thought Wayne Rooney’s quality was beginning to show. Had some good passes, touches, and before his header goal made a good run to get the penalty. Carrick played ok and was obviously tired come the end of 90 minutes. All and all good game and good to see some of the younger players playing ok.

  8. Kevin says:

    Neville was ok, some poor touches, blasted a shot high over the bar, but wasn’t that poor of a game.

  9. Alex says:

    It was really good to see Gary back out on the pitch. It made me laugh a little when I saw him get frustrated with a call, and backheel the ball into the stand…shows that even after 16 years of play, and more than a year in the stands being injured, he’s still got that competitive fire in him. He’s class. :D

  10. Craig Mc says:

    Gibson and Simpson were the only outfield players who I thought excelled. Some of you are easily pleased though. Campbell and Eagles are rubbish!. They are both all huff and puff, but no finish, no end product. How Eagles kept missing his goal scoring opportunites, I don’t know. My Grandad could have scored from the opportunities he had lol. Campbell will never make it in the 1st team – sorry but it’s just my opinion. I don’t rate him at all. And Eagles has had his chances, and blown them when he has played in the first team, apart from the goal at Everton, he has done nothing of worth. Carrick is beginning to think he is Pele now lol, with his taking penalties and all. He had a great game though, as did Scholsy. Gary was ok, and the Roon is on the way back to scoring form again. Can’t wait to get back on the terraces this season. Come on you reds.


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