Manchester Utd won their European clash with Glasgow Celtic last night in the Champions League’s version of The Battle of Britain at Old Trafford.
United were grateful to a brace from their new striker Dimitar Berbatov and a second-half shot from player of the moment Wayne Rooney as they comfortably conquered SPL side Celtic 3 – 0 to move to inside touching distance of the last 16 of the competition. However, by contrast Gordon Strachan’s team now face an uphill struggle if they are to make it through the latter knock-out stages.
It was a busy evening of Champions League football but it was Man Utd’s clash with Celtic, who are still without an away win in the Champions League, which was the top game and Sir Alex Ferguson’s men ran out deserved winners to remain at the summit of Group E.
United, the current Champions League holders, enjoyed the better of a lively first half at Old Trafford, with Celtic giving the ball away, and found themselves in the lead after 30 minutes in a controversial manner.
Following on from his summer transfer on deadline day from Spurs, Dimitar Berbatov is starting to show he has now found his feet in his new surroundings, as he scored the first goal.
Berbatov survived Celtic’s shouts for offside to apply the slightest of glances and stabbed the ball past the keeper after John O’Shea had flicked on from a corner.
And it was the Bulgarian striker, again from a possible offside position, who scored United’s second as he followed up a powerful Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick, which the goalkeeper could only palm and to knock in on 51 minutes.
Rooney, who it appears cannot help but score at the moment, then added the icing to United’s cake as he demonstrated all of his recent confidence and form to take a touch on the edge of the penalty area, swivel, and curl it past the goalkeeper with a little under 15 mins remaining.
Good job done at Old Trafford and qualification for the knock-out stages as the group’s winner is looking ever likely for Man Utd, in stark contract to Celtic, who face an almost impossible task now to make it through at the expense of Villareal.
The Soccer Blogger