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Easy pickings for United

26 Jul 2009 19:36:00

Easy pickings for United

Michael Owen scored twice and Ryan Giggs slotted home a second-half hat-trick as Manchester United ended their Asian adventure by hammering Hangzhou Greentown 8-2. It was maybe not the strenuous test Sir Alex Ferguson would have wanted but, in maintaining a 100% record in four games so far, at least United are heading towards their quest to land an unprecedented fourth consecutive league title in confident mood. Rio Ferdinand, such a pivotal figure in United's defence, came through unscathed, which is good news given the injury problems that affected him at the back end of last season. To lesser or greater degrees, Wes Brown, Darron Gibson, Zoran Tosic and Nani impressed, which provides Ferguson with hope that, from within last year's title-winning squad further improvement can come. But it is the striking department where Ferguson can have the most to feel pleased about. Dimitar Berbatov got off the mark in South Korea and gave his confidence another boost with a smartly-taken effort here. The biggest plus, though, is Owen. After scoring in both games in Malaysia, Owen doubled his tally with a well-taken first-half brace against a distinctly ordinary Hangzhou outfit. Tosic also managed to find the target as did Nani, while Giggs scored twice in seven minutes before completing his treble minutes from the end. Greentown did manage a couple of consolation through Wang Hong You, although that merely added to a carnival atmosphere in which the supporters in a stadium limited to 30,000 but did not even reach that number, chanted for Wayne Rooney to score and Patrice Evra was mocked by his own team-mates after hitting the post from two yards.


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