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PostSubject: Manchester United's Cruise   Manchester United's Cruise Icon_minitimeSat Jul 21, 2007 12:25 am

Man Utd make light work of Seoul opponents

Pre-season friendly
Seoul World Stadium, Seoul

FC Seoul 0

Manchester United 4

Ronaldo, Eagles, Rooney, Evra

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Star duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were both on target as Manchester United provided an expectant South Korean public with the goals they craved.

In sticky and humid conditions, the Red Devils turned on the style, smashing home three goals inside the opening 20 minutes before Patrice Evra's second-half effort wrapped up an easy win.

Sir Alex Ferguson must have been particularly delighted to see Ronaldo and Rooney link up so well after pairing the youngsters together in attack during the opening period, an attacking unit that could well be used in the Premier League this term, even if the champions will face far stiffer tests than this.

When United make their bold statements about the huge size of their fan base, they are usually met with a roll of the eyes from sceptics who remain steadfast in their belief the club's core support remains in Salford and Stretford.

But here, approximately 6,000 miles away in South Korea, evidence of the Red Devils' global appeal was in clear evidence.

There is no doubt Park Ji-sung's arrival has fuelled interest in day-to-day events at Old Trafford but judging by the massive cheers which rolled around the ground every time the pictures of veteran pair Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were shown on big screens, United had their followers in this part of the world long before that.

All 60,000 tickets were snapped up within six hours even though the Koreans knew Park had no chance of playing.

Instead, they were able to cheer two undoubted world stars in Ronaldo and Rooney, who both made a major contribution to United's flying start.

A vicious dipping volley from Ronaldo had already flown just over when he collected Rooney's square ball, advanced a couple of strides and then belted a shot into the bottom corner.

Ronaldo then provided the telling pass for Chris Eagles to convert a well-taken second.

Within two minutes, Rooney had powered home his first goal of United's pre-season campaign, darting forward to collect Ronaldo's square pass before unleashing a shot that FC Seoul keeper Kim Byung-ji was unable to stop.

A cynic could argue the goals generated too much noise for Seoul's World Cup Stadium to be turned into Old Trafford for the day. Chants of 'Glory, Glory Man United' were clearly heard though as the capacity crowd enthusiastically celebrated the Red Devils first visit to their country.

Giggs and Scholes were introduced off the bench at half-time, as was Alan Smith, whom Ferguson confirmed yesterday could leave the club this summer if the Carlos Tevez deal eventually goes through.

However, Nani was not fit enough to take part even though the 18million new boy is virtually over the ankle injury he suffered on duty for Portugal at the European Under-21 Championships.

With temperatures above 27 degrees and the humidity level at 75%, United would have been forgiven for easing off in the second half.

Yet Evra had enough strength in his legs to slot home a fourth just before the hour.

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