Monday, August 21, 2006

Manchester United demolished Fulham in their first Premier League match

Manchester United players want to win everything this season and they proved it on Sunday. The "Red Devils" demolished Fulham 5-1 with two goals scored by Wayne Rooney.

French striker Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo also found the net for Man United, which led 4-0 after 19 minutes. Fulham defender Ian Pearce deflected Saha's cross into his own net.

"It was a really good start for us," Rooney expressed. "Getting four goals in the first half an hour was good for us because we could afford to relax. But we know it's a long season and we have to continue like that."

Forward Brian McBride entered in the 64th minute for Fulham. He became the seventh American footballer to play in the Premier League on the opening weekend, joining Claudio Reyna (Manchester City), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey (Reading), Brad Friedel (Blackburn) and Jay DeMerit (Watford).

Despite they lost Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ferguson's team showed it is still an attacking force. Saha gave the hosts the lead in the seventh minute when he headed in a cross from Ryan Giggs.

Rooney, who will miss United's next three encounters after getting a red card in a preseason game, scored his first goal in the 16th minute. Fulham keeper Antti Niemi blocked a shot from Saha but the ball ran to Rooney, who scored with the side of his foot.

The England player then set up the fourth in the 19th with a cross to Ronaldo, who half-volleyed the ball to score the goal.