Man United Start Pre-Season With Win Over Celtic

Manchester United's new team jersey at an unveiling event in Chicago on July 14, 2010. The Chicago based insurance conglomorate Aon Corporation replaced American International Group or A.I.G. as the team's primary sponsor in a undisclosed four-year deal believed to be the most lucrative in soccer.   UPI/David Banks Photo via Newscom
Man United kicked off pre-season with a 3-1 victory over Celtic at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Man of the match Dimitar Berbatov finished the game with one goal and two assists to his name.

United took the lead during the first half after great goal by Dimitar Berbatov. That was cancelled out after Celtic were awarded a penalty after a foul in the area from new signing Chris Smalling, the penalty was coolly hit past Edwin Van Der Sar by Georgios Samaras.

United went on to get a second with just over 10 minutes remaining, after Berbatov squared the ball to Danny Welbeck, who stuck the ball past Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska..

With four minutes remaining, Berbatov fed the ball to Tom Cleverley, his strike at goal was deflected in off Andreas Hinkel.

The first half was fairly easy for United, they went into halftime with a slender but deserved 1-0 lead. Samaras was brought on for the Scottish side for the second half and he made a big difference to the game. Celtic became more threatening for the first 20 or so minutes of the second half  and they did get a goal during that period. United continued to attack and scored two late goals and overall, deserved the victory.

Considering it was only the first game of pre-season, United were impressive and I’m looking forward to the start of the new season. Next up on the 2010 tour is a match against Philadelphia Union at the Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    i heard it was even

  2. Tom says:

    It would make such a difference to this United side if Berba came good this year. He has the class but needs to get a good run going to return to his Spurs form. Rooney, Berba, Macheda, Hernandez, Owen and Diouf is not a bad forward line. Expecting Hernandez to make an impact. Premiership should suit him.

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