Video Highlights: Celtic 1-3 Manchester United

Friendly Matches, Video Highlights | 03:57 | 17/07/2010

Dimitar Berbatov :: Celtic 1-3 Manchester UnitedDimitar Berbatov spared the blushes of new-boy Chris Smalling as Manchester United opened their tour of North America with victory over Celtic in Toronto.

The Bulgaria striker gave United a first-half lead but the Scottish Premier League side drew level on the hour-mark when Smalling, making his debut after a £10m move from Fulham, was penalised for a needless foul on Joe Ledley and former Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras scored from the spot.

However, Berbatov showed some wonderful touches and set up late goals for substitutes Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley as United marked their first appearance in this part for the world for six years with victory in the first of their five games.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson opted for a strong line-up, with Edwin van der Sar, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Berbatov all lining up on a rather suspect looking grass surface that was only laid a day earlier following the Toronto Argonauts opening CFL home game on astroturf.

Still it was an impressive setting in the shadow of Toronto’s famous CN Tower which stretched high into the blue skies above the 50,000-seater stadium. Rogers Centre was only about two thirds full which was hardly a surprise considering tickets cost as much as $150 and there was no chance of seeing United’s World Cup contingent or the injured Michael Owen, Gary Neville and Canada native Oswen Hargreaves.

Match Info
Stadium: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
Match Date: July 17, 2010, 00:00 UK
Type: Friendly match
Celtic MUFC
‘61 Georgios Samaras (penalty) ‘34 Dimitar Berbatov
‘79 Danny Welbeck
‘86 Tom Cleverley

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