Man United Top Group C After 1-1 Draw

Old Trafford Manchester United v Valencia Champions League Group C 07/12/2010 Nani (Man Utd) gets the better of Jordi Alba (Valencia) Photo: Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Manchester United will avoid teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich after topping Group C with a 1-1 draw against Valencia.

Sir Alex Ferguson fielded a fairly strong side with the main surprise being Ben Amos in goal with Tomasz Kuszczak on the bench.

United got off to a good start, Anderson was dominating the game and Dimitar Berbatov should have bagged himself a hat-trick. Anderson could have had himself a couple but his shooting was very much off target.

Valencia’s goal came in the 32nd minute after Michael Carrick lost possession, the move ended in Pablo Hernandez firing past Amos.

United’s best chance of the first half came from a curling strike from Wayne Rooney, which hit the bar, Luis Nani dragged the rebound wide.

After a frustrating first half, the second half didn’t start much better with Rio Ferdinand having to be replaced by Chris Smalling after picking up an injury only five minutes in.

United thought they had equalised after Berbatov scored but the goal was ruled out after Berbatov had been marginally offside.

With 62 minutes on the clock United did equalise through Anderson. Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita only managed to parry a strike from Ji-Sung Park in the direction of Anderson, who tapped the ball in.

With not long remaining, Ryan Giggs came on for his 850th appearance for United, replacing Nani.

Both teams pressed for a winner but the game finished 1-1 and it’s Man United who top the group. Valencia also progress to the next round of the Champions League, Rangers finish third and drop down into the Europa Cup. Bursaspor unsurprisingly finish bottom of the group.

One Response so far.

  1. DavidTheAlien says:

    Not much to comment on here, good game nice result top of the group cant complain really, nice to Amos in goal with a decent strength team in front of him. I am really liking the partnership of Carrick and Anderson of late, yes it was Carrick's mistake that led to Valencias goal but the guy has turned things back around just like Anderson and especially in the last few games. Bring on Arsenal!!!!

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