UEFA Champions League

September 13, 2006


Manchester United

3 - 2


Group A

18:45 +00:00, September 13, 2006

Old Trafford, England


    Celtic played well at Old Trafford and that will give them confidence when they face Coppenhagen and Benfica, who drew 0-0 tonight. United's win means they go top of the group.


    That's it! The final whistle blows and United take all three points from an exhilarating match.

  • 90'

    One last chance for Celtic from a long throw. The centre-backs are up but it's a poor one and Neville heads clear at the near post.

  • 89'

    Neville takes his time over a throw as the clock runs down.

  • 88'

    Celtic load the box as Nakamura delivers a freekick from the right. United defend well and Naylor's cross from the left drifts out of play.

  • 87'

    Caldwell hoofs the ball up the pitch, but this time Ferdinand is equal to the challenge and heads clear.

  • 85'

    United make another substitution. Rooney goes off and on comes Richardson, who will take up a position on the left flank.

  • 84'

    Nakamura flicks the ball past Brown but Van Der Sar has read his intention and races off his line to deal with the danger.

  • 83'

    Saha is causing havoc to the Celtic defence. Caldwell heads towards his own goal and Boruc is forced to make the save of the game to spare the defender's blushes.

  • 82'

    United are happy to play keep-ball but the fans are chanting 'attack, attack, attack'.

  • 79'

    United will probably look to sit back and hit Celtic on the counter-attack now.

  • 78'

    United make a change. Scholes, who has been the best player on the pitch, is replaced by O'Shea.

  • 77'

    Gravesen sends Brown the wrong way and fires off a shot from the edge of the box. Van Der Sar is equal to the strike and concedes a corner.

  • 76'

    Rooney beats his man and cuts the ball back for Saha. Caldwell gets himself in a muddle as he attempts to clear and Boruc comes to the rescue.

  • 75'

    United have got wise to Miller's runs down the channel and that route to goal has dried up. Cetlic are putting in the effort but without posing too much of a threat.

  • 73'

    Boruc had no need to worry it was dire corner.

  • 72'

    United win a corner after Boruc carries the ball out of play...the keeper is furious, but it was a corner.

  • 71'

    A great touch from Nakamura allows McGready to drive at the United defence. The midfielder can't manufacture enough space for a strike at goal and his shot is easily blocked by Ferdinand.

  • 70'

    ...Boruc reads Rooney's intentions and saves low to his left. A great save but Rooney should have scored.

  • 69'

    McManus takes too long on the ball and loses possession. Rooney skips past the last defender and is one on one with the keeper...

  • 68'

    Ferdinand races down the flank and drives a low pass across the face of the goal. Rooney sticks out a boot but somehow fails to put the ball in the net.

  • 65'

    Carrick gets chopped down as he flicks off a pass and then Saha goes down in the box under pressure from two Cetlic defenders. The ref sees nothing wrong.

  • 64'

    Saha is popping up all over the place. This time he drops deep and shoots over the bar from 30-yards....maybe he is getting a little excited now.

  • 63'

    Fletcher crosses from the right, Saha races into the box ahead of Rooney but his bullet header is saved by Boruc. Great move by United.

  • 62'

    Miller runs at the United defence and passes out wide for Vennegoor. There is very little support for the two strikers and Vennegoor's cross is easily dealt with.

  • 61'

    The Bhoys are enjoying some good possession. Naylor whips a cross into the box but neither of the Celtic forwards are there to guide it into the back of net.

  • 60'

    Vennegoor plays a clever throughball for Miller, but the Celtic striker is out-paced by Ferdinand.

  • 59'

    Miller is running the wide channels for Celtic and his cross is turned over the bar by Ferdinand, who had Vennegoor breathing down his neck.

  • 57'

    Saha breaks but Gravesen chases all the way back to make an important challenge.

  • 55'

    Celtic make another change. Jarosik makes way for Miller, who has been scoring goals for Scotland recently.

  • 54'

    The ref tackles Saha but the United striker gets the ball back and curls a shot just past the post from 25-yards out.

  • 53'

    Jarosik combines with Vennegoor but the return ball skips away from Jarosik and Van Der Sar claims.

  • 52'

    Celtic are allowing so much space between the midfield and the back four United are having an easy time applying pressure.

  • 51'

    An injury to Wilson forces Celtic to make a change. On comes Telfer.

  • 49'

    Vennegoor makes a great turn but Ferdinand has the pace to recover and clear the danger on the edge of his box.

  • 48'

    Scholes chips a freekick towards Solksjaer, who wins his header but can't get any power in his effort on goal.

  • 47'

    Solskjaer had been pushed up front and Rooney out to the left by the manager and the move has paid instant dividends.

  • 46'

    ...the ball spills to Solskjaer who smashes it into the back of the net. GOAL!

  • 46'

    Scholes slips another great ball through for Saha, after Gravesen gives the ball away, but his shot is saved by Boruc...

  • 46'

    United get us underway for the second-half. No changes to either side.


    A great first-half with more to come from both teams. Celtic could make much better use of the ball in free play and Rooney looks like he is just getting into the game for United...and they need him.

  • 45'

    McManus blocks a shot from Rooney, who is finally getting into the game, and that should be it until half-time.

  • 44'

    Rooney gets the ball on the edge of the box he rides two challenges and then goes down in the area. He appeals for a penalty but the ref says no.

  • 43'

    2-2 now and Celtic are worth their two goals. The Scottish side have suffered in terms of possession but have taken their chances when they have arrived.

  • 42'

    ....Nakamura curls his shot over the wall and into the back of the net as Van Der Sar is rooted to the spot. GOAL!

  • 41'

    ...Nakamura stands over the ball as the ref gets the wall back the full 10-yards....

  • 40'

    Jarosik draws a foul from Brown and Celtic have a great chance for a set piece from 20-yards out...

  • 39'

    That's two for Saha and United are on top. A great relief for the Red Devils as we near half-time.

  • 38'

    Scholes picks out Saha with a pass of great vision. The United striker splits the Cetlic defence and slots the ball under Boruc. GOAL!

  • 37'

    Caldwell steps into Saha on the edge of the box but the ref sees nothing wrong with the block......maybe he is feeling guilty about awarding the last penalty.

  • 36'

    Nakamura delivers a sweet freekick from the right and an unmarked Vennegoor somehow heads straight at Van Der Sar. That should have been a goal.

  • 35'

    Some tidy play from Celtic in their own half but they need to produce more in the final third.

  • 34'

    Rooney battles with three Celtic players and the ref gives a freekick to the visitors for a tug of the shirt.

  • 33'

    Giggs has picked up an injury. The winger has to go off and Solskjaer comes on from the bench.

  • 32'

    The game has settled down a little now that United have got their equaliser.

  • 31'

    A soft penalty. Saha smashes the spot kick low to the left and despite getting a finger to the ball Boruc can't stop it. GOAL!

  • 30'

    Giggs drives into the box, Boruc rushes out to the the right of his box and makes slight contact with the winger. PENALTY!

  • 29'

    Sylvestre gets booked for a soft foul.

  • 28'

    Saha takes a poor touch in the box and a great chance is wasted. Scholes fakes to shoot from the edge of the box and draws a foul.....United take a quick freekick and a dire one at that.

  • 27'

    United have been stung into action.

  • 25'

    Giggs turns Nakamura inside out but nobody is there to meet his near post cross. Scholes volleys from the edge of the box but his shot is blocked.

  • 23'

    Scholes breaks from midfield, the defence back off but Scholes scuffs his shot and it's a goalkick.

  • 22'

    A clinical finish gives Celtic something to hold on to and it's going to be tough for United now.

  • 21'

    ....the Dutch striker shoots across Van Der Sar and the ball nestles in the far corner of the net. GOAL! Celtic 1-0 up!

  • 20'

    Boruc lumps the ball up the pitch, Ferdinand can't deal with the flight and Vennegoor is through on goal.....

  • 19'

    Ferdinand and Brown pass the ball between themselves in attempt to draw Celtic out....but to no avail. The Bhoys are packing men behind the ball.

  • 18'

    Caldwell doesn't get a good header clear. Saha volleys a dipping shot over the bar. Great technique from the Frenchman, but a difficult chance.

  • 17'

    Celtic are defending well so far.

  • 16'

    Giggs shows em all how its done and skips past his man. Sylvestre's cross is too deep and another United attack breaksdown.

  • 14'

    Rooney squanders possession again. He is finding it tough to get into this game so far.

  • 13'

    Celtic have all the big boys up for a corner but the delivery is dire and the chance to apply some pressure is wasted.

  • 12'

    Rooney looks a little rusty and has given the ball away on a few occasions. Scholes gets warned for a tackle attemtping to win back possession for United.

  • 11'

    Saha gets away from McManus but crosses too early for Rooney and the ball skips off the striker and high into the air. Saha should have showed more composure.

  • 10'

    Rooney tries to do too much and loses the ball but Neville wins it back with a biting tackle on McGready.

  • 8'

    Celtic enjoy a good spell of possession. Ferdinand ponders on the ball in the United defence and Vennegoor of Hesselink (from hence forth Vennegoor) lets Ferdiand know he is around.

  • 7'

    Neville attacks down the right. Saha heads the defender's cross just past the post. United's first real chance so far.

  • 6'

    Rooney gets a word in his ear from the ref after taking a dive under a challenge from Caldwell.

  • 5'

    Saha seems to be getting a lot of joy 'in the hole' but that is usually Rooney's area - the two made need to sort out who is playing what role.

  • 4'

    Saha dispossess Gravesen. Giggs' cross is too close to Boruc who plucks the ball out of the air.

  • 3'

    Scholes is getting a lot of the ball. Saha chases his own pass but over stretches in his eagerness and fouls McManus on the edge of the Celtic box.

  • 2'

    Giggs chases and throughball but the pass is too heavy and Celtic keeper Boruc gets an early touch.

  • 1'

    Celtic kick-off, playing from right to left, wearing their green and black away kit.


    Celtic manager Gordon Strachan won the European Cup Winners Cup as a player under Sir Alex Ferguson and now he will be looking to get one over his old mentor.


    These two teams have never met before in an official match and this promises to be a very interesting clash.


    Celtic: Boruc, Wilson, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Lennon, Nakamura, Gravesen, Jarosik, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink. Subs: Marshall, Telfer, Balde, Zurawski, Miller, Sno, Maloney.


    The teams are in. Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Silvestre, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney, Saha. Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Smith, Vidic, Solskjaer, O'Shea, Richardson.