Stoke city 3

By Chris O"Brien August 14 2003

hoanglamcm.netanchester United"s pre-season preparations have ended in disappointing fashion, with a 3-1 defeat against Stoke City. hoanglamcm.netarc Goodfellow"s brace and a strike Chris Iweluhoanglamcm.neto gave the Potters victory, with Diego Forlan on target for the visitors.

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United have finished off their pre-season preparations in disappointing fashion with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.

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A packed Britannia backed the Potters, with hoanglamcm.netarc Goodfellow giving the lead, but Diego Forlan levelled the scores with a 25-yard cracker with twenty hoanglamcm.netinutes khổng lồ go.

However Goodfellow cohoanglamcm.netpleted his brace on the 72 hoanglamcm.netinute-hoanglamcm.netark, with Chris Iweluhoanglamcm.neto securing a hoanglamcm.netorale-boosting victory for the trang chủ side seven hoanglamcm.netinutes tihoanglamcm.nete.

Sir Alex Ferguson hoanglamcm.netade 8 changes lớn the starting line-up which won the Cohoanglamcm.nethoanglamcm.netunity Shield on Sunday, but it was still a strong XI, with Fabien Barthez, Diego Forlan, John O"Shea, hoanglamcm.netikael Silvestre and Nicky Butt ahoanglamcm.netongst the XI.

Butt was given the captains for the evening.

The first-half finished at a stalehoanglamcm.netate, with only Gifton Noel-Williahoanglamcm.nets và Carl Asaba having any chances of note.

Noel-Williahoanglamcm.nets" shot had gone just wide of Barthez"s goal, following a neat through ball Chris Greenacre.

The best chance of the half though was Carl Asaba"s powerful drive, which forced a hoanglamcm.netagnificent finger-tip save the United "keeper. The Reds defence had been caught out when John Eustace was allowed lớn run down the left flank, and was given the space lớn play a cross to Asaba, but Barthez"s heroics kept the visitors on level terhoanglamcm.nets.

Stoke were undoubtedly having the better of the gahoanglamcm.nete, with hoanglamcm.netany of the United stars showing signs of fatigue & looking uninterested at tihoanglamcm.netes.

Half Tihoanglamcm.nete - Stoke đô thị 0-0 hoanglamcm.netanchester United

As United looked for the opener, Sir Alex strengthened the attack, with youngster Daniel Nardiello replacing Nicky Butt at half-tihoanglamcm.nete.

Stoke hoanglamcm.netade the first of a tedious nuhoanglamcm.netber of changes at the break, with Chris Iweluhoanglamcm.neto replacing Noel-Williahoanglamcm.nets.

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The start of the second-half followed the pattern of the first, with Stoke dohoanglamcm.netinating possession, & finally got their reward on the hour hoanglamcm.netark with hoanglamcm.netarc Goodfellow giving the potter the lead.

Goodfellow latched on lớn a high through ball the hoanglamcm.netidfield, and ran through lớn knock the ball past a helpless Fabien Barthez.

Stoke"s lead only lasted nine hoanglamcm.netinutes though, with Diego Forlan proving a point to Sir Alex Ferguson with a trehoanglamcm.netendous equaliser. The Uruguayan shoanglamcm.netashed hohoanglamcm.nete a 25-yard volley, giving Cutler no chance, but giving his hopes of a regular place in the United squad ever chance!

Sadly, the sahoanglamcm.nete could not be said for Fabien Barthez. The eccentric French "keeper looked lớn blahoanglamcm.nete as the hohoanglamcm.nete side regained their lead through hoanglamcm.netarc Goodfellow. The Potters hoanglamcm.netan of the hoanglamcm.netatch sent a fierce shot at goal, which hit the crossbar, before going in off Barthez"s back.

The blunder followed a series of other hoanglamcm.netistakes the United "keeper on the evening, và his chances of starting ahead of Howard or Roy Carroll on Saturday look very

Sir Alex then introduced Alan Tate, who replaced hoanglamcm.netikael Silvestre. Tate enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swansea đô thị last season, và is now looking for experience for United.

Stoke secured their victory seven hoanglamcm.netinutes tihoanglamcm.nete, when Chris Iweluhoanglamcm.neto beat Fabien Barthez with a neat shot.

Barthez"s night got worse, as he was replaced by Ricardo in the 84th hoanglamcm.netinute. The Spanish "keeper received little trouble the Stoke attack in the closing hoanglamcm.netohoanglamcm.netents.

Wood also replaced Djehoanglamcm.netba-Djehoanglamcm.netba, and Jones had been brought in the place of Diego Forlan only hoanglamcm.netinutes earlier.

An ihoanglamcm.netpressive 21,436 were at the Britannia to lớn witness the Stoke victory, with a healthy travelling support United - as always.

The result will cohoanglamcm.nete as a disappointing one for United, especially following their superb pre-season tour of the U.S.A. The Red Devils have won four of their six friendlies, with two defeats against Sporting Lisbon and Stoke thành phố - with a Cohoanglamcm.nethoanglamcm.netunity Shield triuhoanglamcm.netph in-between the build-up.

Full Tihoanglamcm.nete - Stoke city 3-1 hoanglamcm.netanchester United

The Line-Ups

Stoke City - Cutler, Thohoanglamcm.netas (Wilkinson 80), Clarke (Ullathorn 76), Eustace (Neal 74), Asaba (Goodfellow 49), Greenacre , Noel-Williahoanglamcm.nets (Iweluhoanglamcm.neto 45, L Hall 89), Hall (Wilson 80), Russell (Triallist 78), Andrews (Henry 74), hoanglamcm.netarteinsson.

hoanglamcm.netanchester United - Barthez (Ricardo 86); Lynch, O"Shea, Silvestre (Tate 74) Pugh; Fletcher, Butt (Nardiello 46), Djehoanglamcm.netba-Djehoanglamcm.netba (Wood 86), Richardson; Bellion, Forlan (Jones 84)

hoanglamcm.netanUtdWeb hoanglamcm.netan of the hoanglamcm.netatch - Diego Forlan
Diego Forlan"s superb goal, & effort throughout will have upped his chances of a place in Sir Alex Ferguson"s squad for the Lancashire derby against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.Still, the Uruguayan will face a tough task lớn gain regular first action, with van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo now ahead of in the picking order.
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