Celtic   1

Samaras

Manchester United   3

Berbatov, Welbeck, Cleverley

16 July 2010 Rogers Centre | Attendance: 39,139

Celtic United

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16/07/2010 21:35, Report by Gemma Thompson in Toronto
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United kicked off pre-season with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Celtic at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Dimitar Berbatov, who impressed throughout, gave the Reds a first-half lead with a fine finish, before Bhoys substitute Georgios Samaras fired an equaliser from the spot six minutes after the restart following debutant Chris Smalling's foul in the area. Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley followed suit in coming off the bench to score as they sealed victory for the Reds.

Sir Alex gave a first start to summer signing Chris Smalling, who lined up alongside Jonny Evans in the heart of the defence, with the da Silva twins down both flanks. Captain for the evening Darren Fetcher partnered Paul Scholes in midfield, with Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Giggs, who was the big favourite amongst the Canadian fans, on the right and left wings respectively. Mame Biram Diouf lined up in attack alongside Berbatov.

Just under 40,000 watched on from the stands, with most of them there to cheer on the Reds who donned their new home kit for the first time. The setting was quite spectacular with Toronto's famous CN Tower stretching high into the blue skies above a pitch that was only laid 24 hours earlier after the Toronto Argonauts' opening CFL home game on astroturf.

It didn't seem to have a negative effect on United, though, who, having seen Marc Antoine Fortune test Edwin van der Sar with a low drive on seven minutes, began to take a foothold in the game. Obertan showed good strength to fend off the attentions of three Celtic defenders before linking with Giggs on the edge of the box. The United veteran flicked a lovely backheel into the Frenchman’s path but he dragged his shot wide. Diouf then crossed for Berbatov at the back post, but the Bulgarian was unable to keep his header down.

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