United hit eight past Hangzhou

26 July 2009 03:16
Manchester United rounded off their pre-season tour to Asia with a convincing 8-2 victory over Hangzhou Greentown in China. The Premier League champions were in free-scoring mood against their opponents, who contributed their own share of entertainment to an end-to-end friendly. New signing Michael Owen opened the scoring after 24 minutes and scored the fourth goal just before half-time after Dimitar Berbatov and Zoran Tosic had netted. Berbatov was displaying his full repertoire of tricks and created the fifth goal for Nani before substitute Ryan Giggs got in on the act just past the hour mark. Giggs added another goal to United's tally with Patrice Evra and Anderson both hitting the post after Wang Hongyou headed home for Hangzhou. Red Devils veteran Giggs completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute, but it was Hangzhou who had the final word with a second consolation. Berbatov came close to heading an early opener only to see his effort bounce off the underside of the bar and Paul Scholes then volleyed wastefully wide. Owen, who scored in both games in Malaysia earlier on the tour, broke the deadlock with a typically predatory finish after Nani's cross had deflected into his path. On 34 minutes it was 2-0 as Berbatov volleyed home from an acute angle at the far post after Nani had chipped the ball across the face of goal. Within 60 seconds, Berbatov laid the ball off to Tosic and the Serbian winger steadied himself before arrowing a fierce drive into the far corner. Berbatov was the provider for the fourth goal on 40 minutes as his clever flick was chested under control by Owen before the striker volleyed acrobatically into the net. Owen was replaced by Wayne Rooney at half-time, but it was Berbatov who was in the thick of things on 50 minutes as his clever back-heel played in Nani for the fifth goal. Giggs came on to score twice in the space of 10 minutes, also missing a golden chance in between, before Hongyou headed home a corner at the near post on 78 minutes. Park Ji-sung set up Evra to fire against the post and Anderson was also denied by the upright before a sharp turn in the box from Giggs provided the Welshman with his hat-trick. There was still time for Valdo to smash home a late second for the hosts, but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased with how his front men are combining after losing Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer.

Source: SKY_Sports