12/08/2006 13:30, Report by Adam Bostock
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Report: United 3 Sevilla 0

United gave themselves the perfect platform for the Premiership kick-off by beating UEFA Cup holders Sevilla 3-0 at new-look Old Trafford.

Goals from Louis Saha, Cristiano Ronaldo and young substitute David Jones ensured the stadium's £43million extension was opened with a win, following a goalless first hour.

Sir Alex Ferguson selected arguably his strongest available eleven, given the injuries to Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney, new signing Michael Carrick and captain Gary Neville. New goalkeeper Tomasz Kuczszak was one of six subs used in the second half.

United's stand-in skipper Ryan Giggs forced the first corner in the 3rd minute when his curling free-kick from the right was headed to safety by a Sevilla defender. It was a United defender who met Giggs' subsequent corner but Gabriel Heinze, playing his first game at Old Trafford since the Manchester derby in September 2005, headed wide.

Saha and Park combined well moments later on the right flank but the Korean elected to square the ball  instead of shooting after tricking his way into the area. His pass failed to find a team-mate but still the move was applauded by the appreciative supporters in the crowd of 40,134, many of them wearing the club's new red shirt.

Saha's next marauding run down the right drew a sliding challenge from Dirnei Renato and consequently another corner in the 6th minute. Ryan's inswinger served to cause more confusion and a third corner for the Reds. This time Ronaldo took it short on the left and when Heinze played the ball forward, Scholes headed it just over the crossbar.

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