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United end tour on a high

26 Jul 2009 14:20:00

United end tour on a high

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. 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. No-one, least of all Ferguson, will draw too many conclusions from this tour. Nevertheless, as he boarded an overnight flight to Munich, where United will compete in the Audi Cup on Wednesday and Thursday, Ferguson must have been quietly satisfied with what has been achieved over the past 10 days. In a more competitive environment an inquest would have been held into the failure of the far side assistant to raise an offside flag given Owen was never actually on-side from the moment Nani collected possession to the time United's new striker swept his team in front. His second was a gem though, Owen taking Dimitar Berbatov's pass on his chest before volleying home. After the Bulgarian had added number two, Tosic - who had limited chance to impress after joining from Partizan Belgrade - fired home a neat third with a rising drive better keepers than Jiang Bo would have struggled to keep out. The second half was a procession, with Nani producing a trademark back-flip in celebration at his effort before Giggs scored twice in seven minutes, adding another near the end for good measure, although Greentown did manage a couple of consolation through Wang Hong You.


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