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  • August 22, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham: Welbeck and Rooney star in second-half goal spree as champions cruise to victory

Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham: Welbeck and Rooney star in second-half goal spree as champions cruise to victory

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The Red Devils begin Premier League title defense at Old Trafford with convincing second-half display, as De Gea enjoys clean sheet.

Manchester United remained perfect through two games as it secured a 3-0 victory over Tottenham in its first match of the season at Old Trafford Saturday night.

Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney provided the second-half goals for the Red Devils, who proved to be way too much to handle for Spurs' American goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Welbeck repaid the faith shown in him by Sir Alex Ferguson since the start of the season by being influential in both United’s first two goals, while Rooney grabbed his second of the season to cap off a fine evening for the reigning Premier League champions.

The home side got off to lively start, but couldn't beat Friedel until the 61st minute when Tom Cleverley’s fierce cross was met in the air by Welbeck, who drifted in between the Tottenham center backs unmarked and guided the ball into the left corner of the net.

Manchester United added its second goal 15 minutes later following a nice back-heeled pass from Welbeck, who found Anderson for the weak-footed shot past Friedel. 

Rooney was on hand to add a third after 87 minutes, rising well to meet Ryan Gigg’s cross and nod the ball into the back of the net to cap a convincing display from United.

Sir Alex Ferguson was forced to name a new-look backline following injuries to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in last week’s clash at West Brom, with Phil Jones and Jonny Evans slotting in at center back. Patrice Evra returned to the team at left back.

The match also marked the return of star striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, who entered as a substitute in the 81st minute for Welbeck. Chicharito had suffered a concussion during the team's tour of the United States last month.

Friedel was handed his competitive debut for Tottenham, replacing Heurelho Gomes in goal as Harry Redknapp stuck with the same outfield XI that demolished Hearts 5-0 in Thursday’s Europa League tie. Croatian midfielder Luka Modric was once again a notable absence.

The victory puts Ferguson’s side level on points with Wolves and rivals Manchester City, with all three sides enjoying a perfect start to the season.

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