Saturday, July 17

United 3-1 Celtic

A superb performance from Dimitar Berbatov and a cameo from Paul Scholes capped a decent 3-1 win for the reds.

In the evening Canadian heat, United made a good start, keeping possession on a large, dry pitch.

Scholes delivered some superb crossfield passes and moved the reds up the pitch in the opening half hour.

The first moment of magic came on 31 minutes when Berbatov dashed into the box, collected a Diouf pass with one foot and shot superbly in with the other for 1-0.

After that, the English side dominated the remainder of the first half, but were unable to add a second before the break.

But Celtic came back into it early in the second period, with substitute Georgios Samaras having a head goal disallowed for offside.

The Greek striker was, however, to be rewarded for his energetic performance when he scored from the penalty spot on 61 minutes after Chris Smalling had committed a foul.

It was the Scots who then gained momentum and looked the more threatening, but it was United who were to take the lead.

Again it was Berbatov who looked dangerous, but rather than taking a chance to shoot in the area, he feigned a shot and squared it to substitute Danny Wellbeck, who tapped in for 2-1.

Another substitute, Tom Cleverley, was to benefit from the Bulgarian's man-of-the-match performance on 86 minutes.

Berbatov laid it into the path of the 20-year-old midfielder, whose shot was deflected into the Celtic goal.

After the game, Berbatov said: "I was enjoying the whole game. We started well with a win. Celtic are a very good team. It was a good test of our physical and technical form."

United will fly to Philadelphia tomorrow to prepare for their match against Philalphia Union on Thursday.

United: 1. Edwin Van der Sar, 21. Rafael , 33. Chris Smalling, 23. Johnny Evans (W Brown 46), 20. Fabio (O'Shea 46), 11. Ryan Giggs (Cleverley 45), 24. Darren Fletcher, 18. Paul Scholes (Gibson 46), 26. Gabriel Obertan (Welbeck 62); 32. Mame Diouf (Macheda 63), 9. Dimiatar Berbatov.
Subs: 30. Richie De Leat on for 21 on 62, 6. Wes Brown on for 23 on 46, 22. John O'Shea 46 on for 20 on 46, 35. Tom Cleverley on for 11 on 46, 28. Darren Gibson on for 18 on 46, 19. Danny Welbeck on for 26 on 62 and 27. Federico Macheda on for 32 on 62.

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