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VIDEO: Rooney, Carrick, Rafael, Berbatov and Valencia’s Goals Against Wigan

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. bchilds says:

    Great performance, well done lads! Loved Berba’s flick!

  2. grein says:

    Rooney’s goal shows the difference between a good player and a world class player.

    There was no other way that ball could have gone in, other than from that little touch.

  3. so it goes says:

    That’s more like it!

  4. Big Bad Wesley Brown says:

    “Good news for United & England: Rio running again after injury, joining in training & is ‘not far away’ from playing, according to Ferguson”

    - Henry Winter’s Twitter (

  5. Fze123 says:

    Great goals from Rafael and Valencia.

  6. Costas says:

    Hard to pick one out.

    I must say that the goal of the night would have been the one where Rooney hit the post.

  7. Jorgen says:

    Rooney is the big player right now! Lots of assists and scores every game:) Could it be his year this time around? Lets hope he reaches 30+ this campaign!!

  8. Gotta hate tiny tears says:
    ighlights video that will be taken down soon so get on watching it
    so close danny

  9. sprite says:

    dont you just love all our brazilian players.. Can someone please take me up to date on the Dodo kid?

  10. mauly says:

    The push has started, bring on 2010…

    Off topic, is anyone else concerned about the lake of action Owen is getting lately!!!

  11. Costas says:


    I am also wondering what’s the deal with Michael Owen. I don’t think he was worse than all the others who played at Fulham. Maybe he will play in the cup ties.

  12. Tony Starks says:

    By the way I have to admit I have been surprised by how solid Kusczak has been in goal.. maybe we don’t need a new keeper after all..

  13. Tony Starks says:

    Regarding Owen – I think Alex Ferguson has concluded that he is no better than a squad player, and I can’t say I disagree with him. I am more than happy to give kids like Welbeck the much needed game time..

  14. kel says:

    Great performances tonight. best match for this season. Btw i seen people saying park was wasteful. I do admit he waste time making decision but overall he did well with his passing and his space creating in the first half was brilliant. He create confusion for the opponents and his crossing is better than some winger. Btw, i did mention a few weeks ago about owen getting less chances than welbeck. Oh please, why give welbeck more chances when owen needs it more than him?

  15. xxxsineadxxx says:

    yessssssss!!! brilliant goals :D

  16. kel says:

    After foster errors and mistakes, we are happy to see Kusczak is better than him at the moment, he did save a few important ones recently and it seems like we are less panicking on him now. He makes us seems less dependent on Van Der Sar now.

  17. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson ,when will we see your likes again
    you came to Old Trafford from Aberdeen
    you brought us trophys
    countless trophys
    and sent the scousers home to cry
    may I wish you a very happy 68th birthday from my self and Emily who both love ya,on the off chance you come on to R.O.M. after a match to read comments heres mine to you.

  18. Costas says:

    Nice tribute GHTT and Emily!

    Indeed Happy birthday to the majestic Sir Alex! 68 years young.

  19. dv-ant says:

    thought rafael and valencia down the right side were absolutely sublime today
    they both assisted in goals and scored goals

  20. reb says:

    it was good win but fergie should give chance to owen or nani to play not same player every game all we know owen or nani can do better than danny wellback so why he didnt put owen on we all want to see all player get they own chance as same as arsenal player they get and they can do the good job becouse wenger give a chance to all player why not at utd ??

  21. denton davey says:

    What a glorious birthday present for SAF – 68 years young.

    Rafael and Valencia were storming tonight – and Rooney was like a mad bull.

  22. Jandsdad says:

    Fantastic result now to push on and make sure United are a good few points clear of the gooners by Jan 31st.
    Well done lads

  23. Jandsdad says:

    forgot to mention

    Happy Birthday Sir Alex.

  24. Doghouse says:

    I love that Carrick goal. I want it framed on my wall. I want to name my first born son after it, but I’m not sure exactly how. The pass from Berbatov to send Valencia off down the wing is absolutely sublime, Valencia plays an easy cross because he makes the perfect decision, opting to play the smart ball not the difficult ball and Carrick, another moment of perfection, passes it into the net after completing a run which began after his pass to Berbatov to start the attack. Beautiful bit of football.

    Regarding Owen, I don’t think he should be played regularly. He’ll break. He is the ultimate impact player and ought to be held off for that role. I think that while Sir Alex has Obertan and Owen on the bench that pair offer a lethal Plan B if we have to chase a game. Obertan because he is a tired defenders worst nightmare and Owen because in the chaos of Obertan getting the ball at his feet and into the area like a fox in a hen house he’s the man to keep his head and put it away.

  25. King Eric says:

    Great performance by the lads. Much more like it. Not sat anxiously at half time waiting for a goal. Passing was fast, crisp and precise and some of the forward movement was top drawer. You can see tonight what Berba brings to the team.Pulling the strings. Valencia Rooney Rafael and Wes were outstanding. Carrick is getting back to his best. Fletch ran the midfield. As for Owen he will start on Sunday I reckon.

    The rentboys must be well and truly shitting themselves. Also thought Park had a good game.

  26. Fze123 says:

    Today Fergie is officially 68 years old. Happy birthday to the Greatest Football Manager In The World. Here’s to another 10 years at OT!

  27. mikekelly12 says:

    Just got back from OT (via quite a few boozers!, Kings Ransom still has my cash card!) Anyway, much more like the Manchester United we know and love! Yes, we were only playing a poor Wigan side (Martinez is WELKL out of his depth by the way!) however, our movement off the ball was much more like what we’re used to and our desire to score goals was much more apparent! Rafael…god bless you, your performance showed that given time you could quite easily mirror the full back standards of Albiston and Evra! And your celebration showed the corperate shower of shit at Chelsea and the fuck witt arabs at City, what playing for a club REALLY means!!! Lets not go over board, we knew we were’nt up against world beaters, but neither were we at Hull etc…. but tonight we showed a pattern to our play that we haven’t seen for a while. Lets hope this is our turning point, that if I’m being honest, I hadn’t seen coming for a while!!! RED ARMY!!

  28. rooninho says:

    happy birthday sir alex! somebody needs to let the world know that the savior was born on december 31st, not december 25th!

    long live fergie!

  29. Red Army says:

    Leeds United Football Cunts

    Destroy them. Humiliate them. No need for Evra, Rooney or Fletch but keep them on the bench just to show the Leeds racist incest fans that we CAN.

  30. Snoopy says:

    Nice to see young lad Rafael to perform like this…
    Bravo Rafael!

  31. Macheda the Messiah says:

    There seems to be unbelievable team spirit with the lads. In four of the goal celebrations, the scorer (Rooney, Carrick, Berba, Valencia) seeks out the fella who has passed it to him (Rafael, Valencia, Valencia, Rooooooney). The fifth, Rafael’s…. well, Scott’s last post says it perfectly.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIR ALEX! May you stay in charge for many more years to come – 70 is just another number so no need to stop then.

  32. reddallas says:

    GREAT GAME! Happy Birth Day Sir Alex you are the GREATEST!!!
    Love to see us playing UNITED style with class! Wonderful crosses,great passing, Congrats Rafael! Bring on the SCUM!

  33. Xyth says:

    If we continue to perform like this, we’ll remain the Champions.

    Happy birthday to Sir Alex, and may he continue to lead our Football Club for many years to come.

  34. the scottish wonder says:

    What a great performance!!! we could have scored 10+ goals

    Regarding Owen.. common guys, stop complaining about his playing time.. Hes taken part of 23 of 30 games this season..

    How can people like Reb whine about what the maestro is doing after a terrific 5-0 victory


    I wish sir Alex Ferguson a happy birthday, and a happy new year to everybody on ROM

    Damn im in a good mood!!!

  35. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    Great win last night although Wigan are the worst team i have seen at OT for a long time!

    It was the best time to play them to give us real confidence in our team coming into January and the real push for the title.

    Rooney for me proved why we say he is the best striker in the league, when he plays up top right on the shoulders of the defenders his movement is world class.

    Having Vidic and Brown was a massive boost and that midfield off Carrick and Flectcher for me is our best option.

    Roll on the dirty sheep and the bitters!!!!!

  36. spencer says:

    This may shock you all seeing as though I am one of Berbatov’s biggest critics but the fans on his back last night before he scored was a bit out of order. Support your players in the stadium!

    ‘You are s*** Berba’, ‘F*** off back to Spurs moron’. Not exactly encouraging is it?

  37. the scottish wonder says:

    spot on Spencer

  38. Red Army says:

    It’s a certainty that Berbatov is considerably better than those fans.

  39. BjOlav says:

    Loved what we saw last night – the flow of play, the team spirit – and great goals and chances. Even Park had a good game – his running and support was vital on the left, although you’d like to see some more creative play there (Obertan or Nani?).

    Berbatov’s taken a lot of stick – even here in this forum. I think he proved himself with the sublime touch he has; it seems so easy and effortless! The outside pass for Valencia, and the goal. He certainly didn’t “have all the time in the world” for those two touches, but he makes it seem easy futsal-style.

    I think playing Welbeck instead of Owen is part of grooming him; you have to think for the future. Hopefully, both Owen and Nani will get the chance against Leeds and City.

    I think Kuszczak is doing great in goal, but we need a commanding force back there to keep the defenders on their toes. But it’s not easy to find one with the experience and authority needed for that role. Abbondanzieri? On loan?

  40. denton davey says:

    giggs11gerrard0: “Having Vidic and Brown was a massive boost and that midfield off Carrick and Flectcher for me is our best option.”

    There’s an interesting additional point to having Carrick gain experience in the back four because it seems to me that when UTD have attack-first fullbacks like Evra and Rafael then the “formation” is really some un-named variant of a 3-5-2 – however much people hate that !

    Carrick seems to prefer staying back with the central defenders so he can provide cover for the attacking full-back (or whatever you’d call someone like Evra/Rafael/Fabio who are “Brazilian full backs” in the mode of Roberto Carlos and the fantastic Cafu). Carrick’s strength as a defensive midfielder is his ability to spot a threat and plug the gap before it becomes dangerous.

    This “system” – what could we call it ? – suits him perfectly. Fletcherinho seems to be everywhere harrying and harrassing and the ‘ball winning” in midfield can be exceptional – so good that in last night’s game it was not unreasonable to say that Wesley Brown and Vidic could have played in their armchairs.

  41. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    @Denton Davey – Absolutelty mate, Last night Carrick protected the hole behind midfield and comanded the ball allowing Fletch like you say to be everywhere!

  42. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    @Denton Davey – Absolutelty mate, Last night Carrick protected the hole behind midfield and comanded the ball allowing Fletch like you say to be everywhere!

  43. denton davey says:

    giggs11gerrard0 – a reply so nice, you made it twice !

  44. King Eric says:

    denton – Agree too mate. Carrick was the deeper midfielder while Fletch bombed forward on a few occasions. Good to see Carrick get his form back. his goal was started by himself. Played it to Berba and ran the half length of the pitch for the finish. He is the best interceptor and reader of the game at United.

  45. trevor says:

    Thanks for providing the Goals! I had to listen on Crapy Five Live whilst driving last night.

    Spoke to a United Fan today and he was moaing about Berbatov again, Saying he scored but it was just a tap in.

    Now that i watched it, Yes it was a tap in but for me he controled it nice and got the shot away quckly and still scored!

    For me this year has ended perfectly. I am watching berbatov and i feel his performance levels are about 80 – 85 % what he can give.

    To get to 100% i think he needs a little confidence and maybe some self beleive. I think he has struggled to fit in at our club, When he has nothing to prove and can concentrate on his own game i think then we will see the real berbatov.

    I have my doubts that he will be fully productive with Rooney as i feel they play simular positions and have a simular game but time will tell!!

    Happy new year everyone!

  46. mara says:

    That guy Rafael is a world class…he should be a playmaker…

  47. mocthezuma says:

    Haha! These videos are awesome!


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