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  • Date:07 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Anderson (61)
  • Pablo (31)
Goal!

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93mins

A cross is delivered by Sofiane Feghouli, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

90mins

Oliveira Anderson goes off and Darren Fletcher comes on.

87mins

A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, save by Vicente Guaita.

81mins

Ryan Giggs is brought on as a substitute for Luis Nani. Sofiane Feghouli on for Hernandez Pablo. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Alarcon Isco. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.

78mins

Booking for Luis Miguel for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Luis Miguel results in a free kick. Fabio Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.

77mins

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Ben Amos.

76mins

Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by David Albelda results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

75mins

Jeremy Mathieu delivers the ball, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.

74mins

The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.

73mins

Shot from long range by Alarcon Isco misses to the right of the target.

73mins

Centre by Jeremy Mathieu, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.

72mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Aritz Aduriz makes a clearance.

71mins

Luis Nani is ruled offside. Jeremy Mathieu takes the free kick.

70mins

Luis Miguel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

69mins

Effort from inside the area by Aritz Aduriz misses to the left of the goal.

67mins

Ramos Jordi Alba leaves the field to be replaced by Juan Mata.

67mins

Effort on goal by Luis Nani from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

67mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Vicente Guaita.

66mins

The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Vicente Guaita.

66mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Angel Dealbert.

64mins

David Albelda takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ben Amos.

62mins

Oliveira Anderson scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Valencia.

61mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Vicente Guaita.

61mins

Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

60mins

David Albelda is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. David Albelda concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Da Silva. Fabio Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.

59mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aritz Aduriz on Rafael Da Silva. Rafael Da Silva takes the free kick.

57mins

Outswinging corner taken by Hernandez Pablo, Aritz Aduriz takes a shot from 12 yards. Ben Amos makes a comfortable save.

56mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Vicente Guaita takes the free kick.

56mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Vicente Guaita makes a save.

56mins

The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.

54mins

Alarcon Isco is brought on as a substitute for Alejandro Dominguez. Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.

51mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani, free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Vicente Guaita. Vicente Guaita restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

Chris Smalling replaces Rio Ferdinand. David Albelda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson. Shot on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.

50mins

Chris Smalling comes on in place of Rio Ferdinand. David Albelda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Wayne Rooney.

50mins

The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, clearance by Miguel Ricardo Costa.

49mins

A cross is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, save by Vicente Guaita.

49mins

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, save by Vicente Guaita.

47mins

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Header from close in by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.

47mins

Inswinging corner taken by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.

47mins

The ball is crossed by Rafael Da Silva, Angel Dealbert manages to make a clearance.

47mins

The ball is crossed by Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Vicente Guaita makes a fantastic save.

45mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ever Banega.

45mins

Luis Nani takes the outswinging corner, Aritz Aduriz makes a clearance.

44mins

Oliveira Anderson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Ramos Jordi Alba fouled by Oliveira Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.

43mins

Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Angel Dealbert manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Foul by Luis Nani on Alejandro Dominguez, free kick awarded. Alejandro Dominguez crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Ben Amos.

41mins

Unfair challenge on Ramos Jordi Alba by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alejandro Dominguez.

40mins

Foul by Nemanja Vidic on Aritz Aduriz, free kick awarded. Miguel Ricardo Costa restarts play with the free kick.

39mins

The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.

39mins

Foul by Jeremy Mathieu on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.

38mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Ramos Jordi Alba. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.

36mins

Shot by Luis Nani from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

36mins

Wayne Rooney produces a curled right-footed shot from 25 yards.

36mins

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani.

32mins

Hernandez Pablo scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 0-1 Valencia.Alejandro Dominguez provided the assist for the goal.

31mins

Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Brilliant save by Vicente Guaita.

31mins

The ball is crossed by Wayne Rooney, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.

28mins

Foul by Oliveira Anderson on Ever Banega, free kick awarded. Jeremy Mathieu takes the free kick.

27mins

Luis Nani sends in a cross.

26mins

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Angel Dealbert manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Oliveira Anderson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

24mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vicente Guaita.

24mins

Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.

22mins

Fabio Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Hernandez Pablo. Luis Miguel takes the free kick.

20mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramos Jordi Alba on Luis Nani. Direct free kick taken by Ben Amos.

19mins

The referee blows for offside against Wayne Rooney. Angel Dealbert takes the free kick.

18mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Angel Dealbert takes the indirect free kick.

18mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Alejandro Dominguez misses to the right of the target.

17mins

The ball is sent over by Dimitar Berbatov.

16mins

Alejandro Dominguez takes a shot. Save by Ben Amos.

15mins

Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save made by Vicente Guaita.

13mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ji-Sung Park on Angel Dealbert. Free kick taken by David Albelda.

13mins

Ji-Sung Park sends in a cross, Miguel Ricardo Costa makes a clearance.

12mins

David Albelda challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.

11mins

Miguel Ricardo Costa fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Vicente Guaita restarts play with the free kick.

11mins

Centre by Ji-Sung Park, clearance made by Miguel Ricardo Costa.

10mins

Centre by Hernandez Pablo, Header from close range by Miguel Ricardo Costa misses to the right of the goal.

10mins

Corner taken short by Hernandez Pablo.

10mins

Ramos Jordi Alba produces a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.

8mins

Corner taken by Alejandro Dominguez from the left by-line played to the near post.

5mins

Luis Miguel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

5mins

The ball is delivered by Luis Miguel, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.

4mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Luis Nani goes wide right of the target.

4mins

Foul by David Albelda on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.

1mins

Fabio Da Silva challenges Alejandro Dominguez unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Albelda takes the free kick.

The game kicks-off.

It is the end of the first-half.

The match restarts for the second half.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Valencia coach Unai Emery expects David Silva to be at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to cheer on his old club in their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Silva joined Manchester City for £24million in the summer after spending a decade at the Mestalla, having joined Valencia as a 14-year-old.

Clearly, such service has created a deep passion within Silva and, as City are not in action this week, Emery said his side will have the backing of a very famous fan as they look to oust United from top spot in Group C.

"David will probably call to see us at some point and I think he is going to be at the game." confirmed Emery.

Silva was one of two high-profile summer departures from the cash-strapped Primera Division outfit as World Cup hero David Villa also left for Barcelona.

Yet Valencia have overcome the twin loss to claim a place in the last 16 with a match to spare.

Indeed, as they cannot be pitted against either Barcelona or Real Madrid in the seeded first knock-out round draw, it could be argued that Valencia do not have the same incentive to win as United, given Sir Alex Ferguson is so anxious to avoid that heavyweight duo. It is a theory Emery disagrees with.

"At the start of the Champions League we had two aims," Emery revealed.

"First, we wanted to qualify, which we have achieved. Secondly, we wanted to win the group. There are many reasons for doing that. For us it is not about wanting to avoid certain opponents.

"We want to show to the rest of Europe that we can produce a top performance at a big club. There are so many good teams in this competition. We want to get a result that will make other teams take notice of us and stand us in good stead for the remainder of the tournament."

United boss Ferguson is demanding top spot in order to create an easier path in the knockout stages.

Certainly, Ferguson did not need reminding of Barcelona's power in their five-goal demolition of Real last week and confirmation that the Catalan giants are responsible for all three men on the short list for the prestigious Ballon D'Or merely emphasises they will be the team to beat this year.

"If you get Barcelona on one of their good days they can do that to anyone," said Ferguson.

"It was a marvellous performance but even before the Champions League started they would have been one of the favourites.

"Like everyone else, they have days when they can be beaten but the sensible approach is to avoid the bigger hitters and we can only do that if we do finish first in our group."

Formation:442Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 4411Manager: Unai Emery

Valencia

  • Ben Amos
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Fabio Da Silva
  • Luis Nani
  • Michael Carrick
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Ji-Sung Park
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Wayne Rooney
  • SUBS
  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Chris Smalling
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Darren Fletcher
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Federico Macheda

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Match Report

United held by Valencia Manchester United lost their perfect Champions League defensive record but still managed to claim top spot in Group C thanks to Anderson's second-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Valencia. United had the better of an entertaining contest but a succession of failures in front of goal looked set to cost them dear when Pablo Hernandez rifled the visitors in front after half an hour. It was the first goal United had conceded in this season's Champions League and might well have proved very costly had it pitched them into combat with one of Europe's heavyweights in next Friday's draw. But they found an unlikely hero in Anderson, who netted only his second goal for the Red Devils when he latched onto the rebound after Vicente Guaita had saved Park Ji-sung's thunderbolt. It was not all good news for the hosts, who lost Rio Ferdinand five minutes after the break, which is a worrying development ahead of key Barclays Premier League clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea before Christmas. Ferguson had spelt out the requirement yesterday. Already through to the last 16 was not good enough. Only a group win would satisfy the United chief, who knew Barcelona and Real Madrid headed the list of teams lying in wait should his side fail to collect the point they needed. On a freezing night, when the five Portuguese officials opted to wear tracksuit bottoms and gloves, the message did not appear to have been rammed home effectively enough. Although United dominated possession, Valencia were afforded plenty of space too, with Alejandro Dominguez a particular threat. So, once Anderson had spurned the glorious opportunity Wayne Rooney afforded him with a fabulous return pass, Dimitar Berbatov had failed in a different way to get round Vicente Guaita and the Valencia keeper had blocked a goalbound Park effort with his legs, the hosts were ripe for being picked off. Not that Valencia can claim all the credit. Michael Carrick will cringe should he ever watch the build-up again. The England midfielder almost had too much time to make up his mind what to do with the ball when he collected possession 35 yards from his own goal. He was still making up his mind when Dominguez stole in, nicked possession, then ran straight at Nemanja Vidic before rolling a square pass to Hernandez. The midfielder steadied himself, then drilled a low shot through the legs of Ben Amos, starting only his third senior game and his first in Europe, Ferguson having decided to offer the 20-year-old a surprise opportunity. Within a couple of minutes, United had nearly produced the perfect equaliser. Rooney may no longer look like a shadow of his old self but his wait for a goal in open play goes on. The memory of that first-minute strike against Bayern Munich last March is starting to fade from the memory, so the celebrations would have been long and loud had his stunning 20-yard curler found the net instead of striking the underside of the bar. United suffered a further setback within five minutes of the restart when Ferdinand gingerly made his way off. Although Ferguson had a competent replacement in Chris Smalling it was definitely not what the hosts wanted to see ahead of such a pivotal period and they can only hope the decision was precautionary. Rooney appeared to be a man on a mission and two attempts to set up Berbatov came to nothing. In fact, when it arrived, the equaliser came from a very unexpected source. For a player with only one goal from his previous 108 United appearances, Anderson showed admirable attacking instinct to follow in Park thunderbolt strike that the overworked Guaita had been unable to hold. The young Brazilian could not miss this one and gleefully tapped home the rebound from close range before embarking on a double celebration that obviously needs some work. United did not have a clear run to the final whistle. Twice Amos was forced to make important interventions as Valencia threatened a second. It did not come, although Ferguson will note with interest the presence of the holders Inter Milan, currently coached by old foe Rafael Benitez, are now potential last 16 opponents. endM

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