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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dynamo Kiev Vs. Manchester United Highlight

Rio Ferdinand Opening Goal

Rincon Goal

Rooney Goal

Bangora Goal

C Ronald Goal

C. Ronaldo Penalty

Boss salutes Reds' attack

Boss salutes Reds' attack

Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his side's attacking verve after the Reds ran riot against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday evening.

Goals by Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo (2) saw United score four times for the third successive match, and maintained their perfect start to Group F.

"The attacking play was excellent," Sir Alex told ITV. "You can’t ask for better than that. We could have scored a lot of goals, but all in all I’ve got to be pleased with that result."

The blow of losing Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra to injury disrupted the Boss' pre-match plans, but he was particularly pleased by his side's adaptability in their absence.

"What’s pleasing is that, no matter which side we’re playing, they’re adapting, they’re getting on with it," he said. "They’re not worrying about what formation we’re playing or what team we’re playing because they’ve all got the ability and there’s a great team spirit about the place, and I think that’s important in the situation we’re in at the moment."

United now have nine points from three games. Despite occupying a similarly promising position last season, it took victory in the final group game to seal progress - although Sir Alex doesn't envisage a repeat this term.

"We made changes which didn’t work, went to Copenhagen then lost to Celtic when we should have won, then we ended up having to win the last game," he said. "But this team is more mature now." Read more...

United 'simply tremendous'

United are good enough to challenge on all fronts this season, according to Red legend and MUTV commentator Paddy Crerand.

Crerand, a member of United's 1968 European Cup-winning side, said the Reds' performance in Kyiv was as good as, if not better than, the sparkling 4-1 win at Villa Park last Saturday.

"I thought United played exceptionally well against Dynamo Kyiv," Crerand told MUTV.

"People will turn around and say Kyiv weren't particularly good, but I think they weren't that good because United were simply tremendous.

"United played very well and deserved the victory. In fact, they could have scored seven or eight goals tonight.

"Unfortunately Paul Scholes picked up a knock during training on Monday and we also have Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves injured. But if we can get those three midfielders back in the side sooner rather than later, United are going to be a threat across every trophy."

Ironically, Brazilian playmaker Anderson, singled out for praise by Crerand, may not have figured in Sir Alex's starting XI had that midfield trio been fit.

"Anderson played tremendously well. What a great experience that would have been for the young kid. He was fantastic at Aston Villa on Saturday and he played exceptionally well again in Kyiv.

"It was his first game in Europe, and away from home as well. He wasn't able to do much pre-season training as he picked up an injury against Doncaster but now he has a few competitive games under his belt and we're seeing what he's capable of." Read more...

Giggs lauds Reds' form

United are steadily improving as the season unfolds, Ryan Giggs warned after the Reds' emphatic 4-2 victory against Dynamo Kyiv.

Aside from September's Carling Cup defeat to Coventry, United have now won 10 straight matches and, more worryingly for opponents, the goals have started flowing again, with 12 plundered in the Reds' last three outings.

"We dominated this match because today we were stronger as a team and individually," said Giggs. "Maybe the home side were a bit unlucky because we are in very good form.

"Dynamo are not an easy team to play and they've shown it, but if you take our season we're improving constantly."

United are now on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages, but Giggs has called for the Reds to maintain their fine form and ensure qualifcation by beating Kyiv again in a fortnight.

"I think that we are close to qualifying early," said the veteran winger. "But for this we need to play as well at home as we did today." Read more...

Rio: We went for the kill

Rio Ferdinand admits that United's gameplan of going straight for the kill reaped spectacular dividends against Dynamo Kyiv.

The imperious centre-back opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, setting United on their way to a thumping 4-2 win in the Ukrainian capital which puts the Reds on the brink of the Champions League knockout stages.

"We planned to win this one and we did it," said Rio. "A good start was vital for us and we scored two quick goals. "Perhaps you could think that Dynamo would not recover and we may have felt this."

United's defence resolve wavered briefly just after the half-hour as Diogo Rincon took advantage of slack marking to halve the arrears, but Cristiano Ronaldo struck before half-time to effectively end the contest.

"We allowed them a way back into the game from a set-piece, which is quite uncharacteristic of us," said Ferdinand. "But as you have seen, we have restored our lead quickly and we never looked like giving anything more to Kyiv.

"We had to work hard today because there were a lot of long balls coming into the area. I think we did well at the back and they had to attack at a slower pace or stick to the wings." Read more...