Manchester United 5
- Rooney 40,
- Vanden Borre (og) 45,
- Hughes (og) 59,
- Berbatov 62,
- Wilson (og) 69
Wayne Rooney collected the Barclays player of the month award before kick-off, Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League thanks to an emphatic 5-0 victory over crisis club Portsmouth at Old Trafford.
Manchester United started very strongly and Portsmouth invited them to have possession as they sat back allowing the hosts time on the ball. In the 8th minute Portsmouth survived a penalty shout when Wayne Rooney was barged over by Frederic Piquionne, referee Lee Mason didn’t agree with the England strikers appeals and turned down the claims.
In the 10th minute Dimitar Berbatov had a great chance to open the scoring, a low cross from Rooney found the Bulgarian but he fired his shot wide of David James’ goal.
United did not have to wait long before going ahead and inevitably it was Rooney who scored.
A hat-trick of Portsmouth own goals was confirmed on 69 minutes in comical fashion as Patrice Evra burst down the left to deliver a dangerous cross that Marc Wilson volleyed perfectly into the top corner of his own net. It just about summed up the bottom club's afternoon and also means that own goals are now United's second highest scorer in the league this season.
United maintained the momentum and made it 4-0 on the hour with Berbatov regaining possession and sending a low shot into the corner after Portsmouth failed to close him down.
After additional wilson own goal the result lifts United to the top of the Premier League before Chelsea face Arsenal tomorrow, they now have a better goal difference than the Blues too, while Portsmouth fall further adrift at the bottom.
Teams Lineup :
Manchester United : Van der Sar, Neville, Brown, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney
Portsmouth: James, Vanden Børre, Rocha, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Webber, Hughes, Mullins, O'Hara, Belhadj, Piquionne