Manchester United celebrated Fergie's 50th anniversary in football with a 5-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford. There was over 75,000 people in attendance and they were not disappointed.
United opened the goal scoring in the 3rd minute, when Cristiano Ronaldo converted a free kick into a goal. It was his 100th goal for Manchester United. Stoke attempted to get a goal back 12 minutes later, only to have Edwin van der Sar clear the ball. For most of the first half, it was United who were in control and in the 45th minute they got another goal. Michael Carrick, who is back from injury, drove in a goal to make the score 2-0 to the Reds.
Manchester United went into the second half with a renew vigor and less than five minutes in, Dimitar Berbatov volleyed a shot into the net from a Tevez cross. The score was now 3-0 to United.
Things were going so well for United that Fergie brought on Danny Welbeck, Darron Gibson and Manucho in place of Park, the outstanding Darren Fletcher and the equally impressive Carlos Tevez. It didn't take long for Welbeck to make his mark on the match as he scored on his debut. The 17-year old striker unleashed a powerful shot from 35 yards out to make the score 4-0 in the 83rd minute.
Stoke fans have had to learn many things about the Premiership this season. One of the things they learned was never to insult Cristiano Ronaldo. He'll just show you up. In the 88th minute, he was handed another free kick and again he converted it into a goal.
The match finished 5-0. Manchester United are now sitting at third on the table with 24 points while Stoke City are at fourteenth with 14 points. Chelsea and Liverpool still sit at the top of the table with 32 points each. However, United is quickly finding its former self and has quickly risen towards the top. Soon, they will be able to contest the leaderboard.
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