UEFA Champions League

December 10, 2008


Manchester United

2 - 2


Group E

19:45 +00:00, December 10, 2008

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Laurent Duhamel

  • 90'

    Just as an aside, AaB's interim manager Allan Kuhn ends his 12 match reign unbeaten and he takes a deserved bow at Old Trafford.

  • 90'

    With Villarreal losing at Cetlic it means United finish top of the group and should avoid most of the big boys in the draw for the next round.

  • 90'

    The final whistle blows and it ends 2-2 at Old Trafford.

  • 89'

    This game is coming to a scrappy end now.

  • 88'

    Scholes is giving a masterclass in midfield, with scooped passes, sweeping cross-field passes and little one-twos.

  • 87'

    Jakobsen takes the resulting freekick and smashes it well wide. Much to the displeasure of his team-mates who have come up from the back.

  • 86'

    Caca drives at Ferdinand. The defender tugs Caca's shirt and he wins a freekick ... it was all the striker could do as he had no support.

  • 85'

    Evans makes a crunching but fair tackle on Caca, who stays down and waits for a whistle that never comes.

  • 84'

    AaB players are out on their feet now but they are still holding on for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

  • 83'

    Tevez controls the ball with a great first touch but his next one forces him wide of the goal and he shoots into the sidenetting.

  • 82'

    Nani backs into his defender as the ball ricochets around the box and he goes down wanting a penalty - it isn't one.

  • 81'

    Rafael gets the ball out wide and then inexplicably passes the ball straight to Augustinusse.

  • 79'

    Nani is still putting a lot of energy into his game despite it being late in the game. He is always hounding AaB players as they try to clear the ball.

  • 78'

    Ferdinand has the captain's armband now the Neville has gone off.

  • 77'

    Risgard breaks for AaB. Caca is ahead of him but the midfielder can't deliver the correct pass and the chance goes begging.

  • 76'

    United follow suit and make their final change. Rafael replaces Neville ... the United veteran best get used to that.

  • 75'

    AaB make their final change. Pedersen goes off and is replaced by Sorensen.

  • 74'

    Rooney, to Tevez, to Nani, who spins on the edge of the box and then shoots high wide and handsome.

  • 73'

    AaB make another substitution. Curth, who has had a great game, is replaced by Caca.

  • 72'

    I mentioned Rooney's rash challenge earlier, well the ref has had a word with him and told the striker to calm down.

  • 71'

    Rooney delivers a cross. Olfers gets his head to the ball but it loops over his keeper and comes back off the bar. Nearly an own goal.

  • 70'

    Gary Neville ghosts in at the far post, controls a pass from Rooney but then blasts his shot straight at the advancing Zaza.

  • 69'

    Nani controls a cross-field pass from Anderson on his chest and then smashes a cross into the box. Park flings himself at the ball but can't quite make contact.

  • 68'

    Rooney gets a bit excited and makes a rash challenge. The ref lets it go and then blows for another foul a moment later that was never a foul.

  • 67'

    Scrappy midfield battle at the moment.

  • 66'

    Anderson whips in a cross. Jakobsen attempts to clear at the near post an nearly slices the ball into his own net.

  • 65'

    Due it was that went off.

  • 64'

    AaB make a change. On comes Kristensen, a striker or midfielder, for ... erm I'll tell you that in a minute.

  • 63'

    Tevez gets the ball with the AaB defence backing off. He plays a through-pass for Scholes, who is tackled by Olfers as he is about to shoot.

  • 62'

    Tevez beats Jakobsen on the right of the box but his floated cross drops onto the roof of the net as Rooney waits at the back post.

  • 60'

    It's one way traffic again now as Tevez has his umpteenth shot blocked by the body of an AaB defender.

  • 59'

    Park twists and turns under pressure from three players and keeps possession as he gets cheered by the crowd.

  • 58'

    Elsewhere, Arsenal are losing 2-0 at Porto and would finish second in their group.

  • 56'

    Rooney switches play to the right. Park heads Rooney's pass into the box but no team-mate has made a run into the area.

  • 54'

    Tevez is caught offside. He disagrees and kicks the ball into the hordings. He escapes without a booking.

  • 53'

    United have started strongly this half ... but they did that in the first half.

  • 52'

    Tevez is left in a heap following a Curth challenge. Nani can deliver another dangerous cross from this freekick.

  • 51'

    Anderson plays a lovely weighted through-pass for Rooney, who bursts through the Aab defence and toe pokes a shot past Zaza. GOAL!!!

  • 50'

    Nani whips in a perfect cross. Tevez leaps to head it and ends up doing some kind of Frosby flop in mid air.

  • 49'

    Some slick play from United ... until Neville gets the ball and then it all goes wrong.

  • 48'

    Jakobsen is lying in a heap in his own penalty box after Rooney caught him with a stray boot.

  • 47'

    With Celtic now beating Villarreal 2-0 United could still finish top of the group with a defeat but they won't want to finish to group stage like this.

  • 46'

    Paul Scholes replaces Ryan Giggs and Park comes on for Gibson to keep some width for United.

  • 46'

    United get the second-half underway and the manager has made a few changes.

  • 45'

    Sir Alex Ferguson will have some harsh words for his team in the dressing room.

  • 45'

    What a great header from Churt. He gives his team a 2-1 lead seconds before the whistle blows for half-time.

  • 45'

    Due chips a lofted pass into the United area and Churt arrives to add the finishing touch with a great header back across Kuszczak. GOAL!!!

  • 44'

    Tevez backheels the ball into the box for O'Shea, whose shot beats the keeper but is cleared by one of three AaB defenders back on the line.

  • 43'

    ...Jakobsen bends his shot past the wall and Kuszczak makes an easy save. Although he makes it look good for the cameras.

  • 42'

    Saganowski draws a foul from Ferdinand on the edge of the box. This could be a great chance for AaB...

  • 41'

    The Red Devils have lost their high-tempo game and AaB are playing the better football now.

  • 40'

    O'Shea crosses from the left but Olfers cuts out the pass at the near post. That is United's first attack for a few minutes.

  • 39'

    Aab are the team asking the questions now... not very difficult questions admittedly, but they are having pot shots at goal from long-range, Olfers with the latest one.

  • 37'

    Neville looks a bit lost when he gets the ball and gives it away cheaply. It is sad to see such a great player dropping his standard so far.

  • 35'

    Curth turns ahead of the United defence and shoots. Kuszczak makes an easy save.

  • 34'

    AaB have a new belief and are passing the ball around well ... even playing it out of defence with the odd trick.

  • 33'

    for all of United's possession both side have only had one shot on target and both have scored. 1-1 and game on.

  • 32'

    Jakobsen has scored against the team he supports. He owes a big thanks to Nani for giving away that pointless foul.

  • 31'

    ...Augustinussen delivers a great cross and Jakobsen flicks the ball off the back of his head and inside the far post. GOAL!!!

  • 30'

    Nani concedes a needless foul and AaB have a great chance to punt the ball into the United area...

  • 29'

    Augustinussen is trying to create something from midfield for Aab but everytime he passes the ball forward a United defender wins the ball with a tigerish tackle.

  • 27'

    Due attacks down the right flank but panics a bit and just smashes a pass across the other side of the pitch to nobody in particular.

  • 26'

    United mount another attack. Nani races onto a through-pass but can only poke his shot into the sidenetting.

  • 25'

    Aab finally get the ball but can't clear their lines and Pedersen can only concede a throw.

  • 24'

    United happy to keep possession and tease Aab.

  • 23'

    Aab can't get near the ball now.

  • 22'

    Rooney spins on the touchline and clips a lofted pass into the box for Tevez, who gets his head to the ball but sends his effort wide.

  • 21'

    Rooney and Tevez are both looking really lively tonight.

  • 20'

    Tevez is eager to get the into the game and wins the ball for United. Rooney accepts Tevez's pass but as he turns to run towards goal Jakobsen makes a great tackle for Aab.

  • 19'

    Anderson attempts to play a defence splitting pass from his own half ... and fails.

  • 18'

    Nani chinks and shimmies on the edge of the box, he rides a few challenges but can't produce a decent pass at the end of it.

  • 17'

    In the group's other game Celtic are beating Villarreal 1-0. Great news for United.

  • 15'

    Rooney chases a long-ball from midfield but Zaza is quickly off his line once again and clears the danger.

  • 14'

    Saganowski leaves Evans on his rump and charges towards goal. He shoots from distance and his effort drifts wide of the far post.

  • 13'

    Bogelund swings in a left-footed freekick but it is a little too deep for Augustinussen at the back post.

  • 12'

    Zaza races off his line to claim the ball of the feet of Nani as the winger looks to shoot.

  • 11'

    Due does Neville a kipper but strikes his cross right into the chest Ferdinand. A good attack though from Aab.

  • 10'

    Saganowski takes a tumble in the box under a challenge from O'Shea but the ref waves play on. No penalty.

  • 9'

    United look like they are enjoying themselves tonight. All they must do is match what Villarreal do at Celtic to win the group.

  • 8'

    Nani crosses for Rooney at the near post. The Unied striker wins a corner, from which Evans shoots high and wide.

  • 7'

    Augustinussen lumps a hopeful ball into the box but Kusczak claims it with ease.

  • 6'

    Darren Gibson, who is getting some rare playing time in the United defence, makes a misplaced pass as the nerves are as yet unsettled.

  • 5'

    Rooney is on the attack. He cuts the ball back to the edge of the box for Tevez, who shoots wide. Tevez should have scored his second goal there.

  • 4'

    Well Tevez can't get a game in the Premier League but the last time he played in a cup competition, the Carling Cup, he scored four goals... can he do it again?

  • 3'

    And it is a good job as Giggs flicks the ball over the Aab defence, Tevez races onto it and lashes the ball into the bottom corner. GOAL!!

  • 2'

    Aab have already qualified for the UEFA Cup so this is something of a free game for them - no pressure just the chance to enjoy their football.

  • 1'

    Aab get the game underway, kicking from right to left, but it is United who mount the first attack; but Rooney's cross-shot is saved by Zaza.


    AaB Team: Zaza, Bogelund, Olfers, Jakobsen, Pedersen, Curth, Enevoldsen, Augustinussen, Risgaard, Due, Saganowski. Subs: Kenneth Nielsen, Nomvethe, Caca, Braemer, Sorensen, Kristensen, Ronnie Schwartz Nielsen.


    Manchester United make nine changes to their regular team: Kuszczak, Neville, Ferdinand, Evans, O'Shea, Nani, Gibson, Anderson, Giggs, Rooney, Tevez. Subs: Foster, Park, Vidic, Scholes, Rafael Da Silva, Fletcher, Possebon.


    Victory over Aab will secure top spot in Group E for Manchester United. Join us live coverage from 7.45pm UK time to see if Sir Alex Ferguson's men can do the business.