Sunday, April 6, 2008

BORO 2 - UNITED 2

Barclays Premier League
The Riverside Stadium, Sun 6 April

MIDDLESBROUGH 2
(Alves 35, 55)

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Ronaldo 10, Rooney 74)


Wayne Rooney rescued a point for United after Alfonso Alves' double had looked set to give M'boro a shock win at a wintry Riverside Stadium. Rooney converted from close range with 16 minutes left after good work by substitute Ji-Sung Park to ensure the Reds extended their lead over Chelsea at the top of the table to three points. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's 37th goal of the season had given United an early led, but Alves produced two superb finishes in each half to put Boro in command in an end-to-end game. Ryan Giggs made his 750th United appearance and he follow counting matches. 

Manchester United Manager Sir. Alex Ferguson:
"We could have lost the game there's no question - they had some chances. At times the defending was a bit haphazard I thought."
"But in other ways we could have won the game because some of the approach and football was very good. At 1-0 we looked very strong."
"They changed their formation to a 4-4-2, got an equaliser, and it was a great game of football after that."

Team line-ups:

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Young, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor, O'Neil, Boateng, Arca, Downing, Aliadiere (Johnson 90), Alves (Tuncay 77).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Cattermole, Grounds.
Booked: Young, O'Neil, Boateng.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand (Pique 70), O'Shea (Hargreaves 67), Evra, Ronaldo, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Tevez (Park 65).
Subs not used: Anderson.
Booked: Rooney.

Attendance: 33,952.

Referee: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

Man of the Match: Middlesbrough's Alves