Aldershot   0

Man United   3

Berbatov (15), Owen (41), Valencia (48)

25 October 2011 EBB Stadium | Attendance: 7,044

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21Worner
2Herd
5Jones
15Morris
3Straker
7McGlashan
23Vincentisub8
4Guttridge
11Rodmansub12
10Hylton
9Rankinesub26
Subs:
1Young
6Brown
8Collinssub23
12Bubbsub11
14Pulis
26Smithsub9
30Panther
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40Amos
20Fabio
15Vidicyellow card
4Jones
51Fryerssub38
7Valenciagoal
23Cleverleysub42
7Park
32Dioufsub49
9Berbatovgoal
7Owengoal
Subs:
1De Gea
38Keanesub51
42Pogbasub23
49Morrisonsub32
34Cole
36Vermijl
48Keane

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25/10/2011 21:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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quality, Owen doubled the lead to quieten the capacity crowd. After picking out Berbatov with a raking pass, the number seven showed his thirst for goals by arriving in the box on cue to convert the Bulgarian's inviting assist, despite Worner getting a touch to the shot.

The second half started in a similar vein as Valencia collected a Cleverley pass and hit a stunning drive with whip and bend that crashed high into the net over Worner's despairing dive. Berbatov was working harder than anybody and, after feeling aggrieved when having another penalty appeal waved away, as Aaron Morris handled, he stormed through when linking up with Park and dragged his finish wide when really deserving another goal.

Paul Pogba was introduced, for Cleverley, and soon had a shot well wide before Ravel Morrison and Michael Keane, for his debut, also came on for a taste of the action. United kept pressing but Park drilled wide when picked out from a corner by Owen and only a fine Darren Jones tackle thwarted Morrison following an exquisite exchange of flicks with Berbatov. Park's dynamic solo run ended with referee Peter Walton pulling play back for a free-kick on the edge of the box with Berbatov's set-piece pushed away by Worner as the Shots continued the process of damage limitation.

The game finished with a flurry of threats - Valencia spurned a glorious late chance after bursting through and Guttridge hammered a shot wide as the hosts sought a consolation goal that would at least have cheered their support. Guttridge also brought a flying save out of Amos in the closing stages with the keeper showing his concentration when it mattered most. There was to be no joy for Aldershot - nor for those hoping United's weekend misery would be prolonged any longer.

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