Monday, 20 July 2009
Malaysia vs Manchester United 2nd match goals- MU 2 MAL 0
Michael Owen was on the mark again as Manchester United wrapped up the Malaysian leg of their Far East tour with another comfortable 2-0 win over a Malaysia XI.
* Matchcast: Malaysia XI v Man Utd
Owen got United's second, just two minutes after
Federico Macheda's 11th-minute opener, which proved to be the end of the scoring for United despite their domination.
Anderson and Nani both wasted decent opportunities near the end.
And, despite the supposedly friendly nature of the contest, Wayne Rooney had plenty of fire in him as he reacted badly to a penalty area challenge when really he would have been better advised to let the matter rest.
Given the humid conditions, it was hardly a surprise Sir Alex Ferguson fielded an entirely different starting line-up to the one he named for the first game between the teams on Saturday.
On that occasion, Owen grabbed the late winner to save his side's blushes in a less-than-convincing 3-2 win.
This time around, the former Liverpool striker scored the second, showing his usual predatory instincts after the home defence had made a woeful attempt at clearing a Zoran Tosic cross.
Another forward with a desire to impress is Macheda, who made such a huge impression when he was introduced to senior ranks last term.
There was plenty to be admired about the calm way he finished off a Ryan Giggs cross to open United's account.
Owen came close to grabbing his second when he met a low Tosic cross with a near-post flick that cannoned off the inside of a post while in the second half Dimitar Berbatov nodded a free header straight at Mohammed Farizal Marlias.