05/08/2006 20:54, Report by Cliff Butler
Report: Ajax 0 United 1
United won the LG Amsterdam Tournament on Saturday night after beating the hosts Ajax with a late goal from Ryan Giggs.
The Welsh veteran struck a free-kick in off the underside of the crossbar, following a foul on Giuseppe Rossi in the 76th minute.
It wasn't all good news for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, however. New signing Michael Carrick, playing his second game for the club in two days, was withdrawn after just 16 minutes with an ankle injury. He hobbled from the pitch, and was on crutches when he collected the first of hopefully many winners' medals with United.
It was the first time in four attempts that United had won this competition. They achieved it with ten points - three for each victory over Porto and Ajax, plus one bonus point for each goal they scored (four).
Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to make several changes to the side which had beaten Porto just 24 hours earlier. Rio Ferdinand and John O’Shea were unavailable because of injury, so Jonny Evans formed the centre-back partnership with Wes Brown, having flown over from Manchester earlier in the day.
Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were, of course, missing from the line-up after being dismissed against Porto.
United, playing in a change kit of all blue, started the match knowing that a victory by any score would be enough to win them the Amsterdam Tournament for the first time. That became clear after Internazionale had beaten Porto 3-2 in the third game of the contest. That put the Milan side on eight points, two ahead of United and six better off than Ajax.
The game produced something of a pedestrian opening as the teams attempted to