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Vålerenga Fotball 0 - 0 Manchester United

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  1. Man United held as Vidic returns

    Man United held as Vidic returns

    Nemanja Vidic featured for the first time in eight months as Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw with Valerenga in Oslo. More

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    • Vålerenga Fotball
    • Manchester United
    • FT Somehow it finishes goalless here after United created chance after chance without finding the back of the net. They'll be punished by Barcelona, who they face on Wednesday, if they are that wasteful in front of goal again.
    • 90' FT Valerenga 0-0 Manchester United.
    • 89' That could be that for United.
    • 88' So close for United! Anderson tries his luck from 20 yards but can't quite guide his shot into the top corner as the ball flies over.
    • 85' Huge chance as Valencia bursts down the right and pulls it back to Hernandez, who miscues from close-range. Yet another big miss.
    • 82' Chance for United as Kagawa flashes the ball across goal from the left and Hernandez is inches away from making contact at the far post.
    • 80' Powell gets clattered as he wins a header - and United will send a few of the big men forward for the free-kick.
    • 77' Rooney, Scholes and Young are the players to make way.
    • 76' United subs: Lingard, Powell & Hernandez ON
    • 75' At the other end Kagawa lashes a loose ball wide under pressure from two Valarenga defenders.
    • 74' But replays suggest the ball may have crossed the line... Certainly the closest we've come to a goal.
    • 73' Rooney clears off the line! Or does he? Lindegaard misses a high cross and Anene lashes the loose ball towards the empty net. But Rooney appears from nowhere to clear off his own line.
    • 72' Another missed chance for United, but at least this time the flag is up. Rooney's little through ball finds the offside Young, who stumbled as he was about to shoot.
    • 71' Rooney makes a brilliant drive forward down the right and pulls it back to Kagawa, who had made a superb run, but Rooney's cross is just behind the Japanese midfielder.
    • 69' Anderson drills the free-kick through the wall but Hirschfeld gathers it well.
    • 68' Nani is tripped on the edge of the box and United are awarded a free-kick - but replays show it was inside the box. Should have been a penalty.
    • 66' Valencia clips a cross in from the right and the United players are queuing up in the box - but somehow Valerenga clear again!
    • 64' Kagawa drives forward and finds Young, who cuts inside and sees his shot deflected out for a corner.
    • 62' Valencia and Anderson combine to work the ball to Scholes, who drags his Hollywood shot wide from 25 yards.
    • 60' Vidic lasted an hour on what was a comfortable return to first-team action.
    • 59' United sub: Anderson ON, Vidic OFF.
    • 58' United sub: Kagawa ON, Welbeck OFF.
    • 56' Valencia whips an early cross in to Scholes, but he is beat to the header.
    • 54' Nani drives down the right, but just over runs it and the ball goes out of play. Nani had support there.
    • 52' United have picked up from where they left off in the first half. Utter domination, but unable to break the Norwegian side down.
    • 50' Good build-up by United down the right, but Rooney can't keep his header down.
    • 48' Scholes picks out Nani with a lofted ball forward, but Hirschfeld is quick off his line to deny the Portuguese.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. We are underway again in Oslo.
    • HT What's your reaction to that half? How has Vidic looked? Let me know on Twitter
    • 45' HT Valerenga 0-0 Manchester United. Big misses at both ends after a half utterly dominated by United. Welbeck the main culprit for United, Suleiman guilty of a big miss right at the end of the half for Valerenga.
    • 45' Big chance for Valerenga as Suleiman's header goes just wide after a swift counter-attack. Should have been the first goal of the game.
    • 45' Young whips the ball in from the left - but Rooney's glancing header goes wide.
    • 45' Welbeck skips into a shooting position 25 yards from goal - and his excellent low shot is turned around the post.
    • 44' Young finds Scholes on the edge of the box from the corner - and the United veteran lashes it at goal. Blocked. Classic corner routine by United.
    • 43' Rooney goes for goal with another free-kick - and again it flicks off the top of the wall for a corner.
    • 42' Welbeck should score. The striker exchanges a neat 1-2 with Rooney and finds a shooting position 12 yards out - but the ball gets caught under his feet and he fails to get a shot away. Big chance.
    • 40' Vidic puts Lindegaard under pressure with a poor back pass - and the keeper is forced to save a corner with a sliding clearance.
    • 39' That was as close as United have come.
    • 38' United geting closer to a goal. Rooney picks out Welbeck from the left, but Welbeck glances his header just wide of the left-hand post.
    • 37' Vidic attacks the corner, but Larsen flicks it away.
    • 36' Scholes rolls it wide to Nani, whose cross to the far post almost drops under the bar. Valerenga clear for a corner.
    • 34' Welbeck tries to bend the ball in from the edge of the box, but he doesn't make a great connection and it's well wide in the end.
    • 32' Fellah lets fly for Valerenga with a venomous left-foot drive from 20 yards, but it sails just over. Not a bad effort by the fella.
    • 30' This pure domination by United. Valencia receives the ball on the right and whips a cross in towards Keane at the far post, but Valerenga are able to head clear before Keane can execute his header.
    • 28' United work the ball into a crossing position on the left, but Young's ball to Rooney at the far post is just too high for the England striker.
    • 27' Welbeck is tripped on the edge of the box, and Rooney goes for goal from the free-kick - but it glances off the wall and is out for a corner.
    • 25' Scholes lets fly from 25 yards. Blocked. The crowd are loving Scholes's willingness to have a go from distance though.
    • 23' Young, who has switched to a central role, is offside from Carrick's pass.
    • 21' But another chance for Valerenga as Anene drives down that left side again, before cutting in and letting fly from 20 yards. The ball deflects off the shin off Valencia and goes just wide.
    • 20' Keane having a busy game in midfield for United; seen a lot of the ball so far.
    • 18' Zajić fires the first meaningful effort just wide. With the United defence backing off, Zajić lets fly with a left-footed effort from 25 yards and it flies a couple of feet wide.
    • 17' Scholes running the show from central midfield at the moment. He releases Valencia with a sumptious ball to the right wing, but Valencia over hits his cross.
    • 16' Valerenga drive down the right and pull the ball back towards Zajić, but Carrick gets back to snuff out the danger.
    • 14' The crowd shout "shoot" as Scholes receives the ball some 40 yards from goal. He opts to find Valencia on the right and United have a throw as they continue to keep the pressure up.
    • 12' Nani has a sight at goal as he receives the ball at the far post and lifts it over the head of the defender, but the keeper smothers the effort well.
    • 11' Young finds Rooney, who releases Welbeck with a beautiful ball down the wing - but Valerenga intercept and clear.
    • 10' Quite a muted crowd at the moment. I guess that's because everything has gone United's way here.
    • 9' Rooney is spraying some beautiful passes around the pitch here. Valerenga allowing him plenty of space in which to operate.
    • 7' Nani coaxes a lovely cross in from the right - but Valerenga get it away. The home side really under the cosh early on here.
    • 5' Scholes involved again. Welbeck lays the ball back to Scholes on the edge of the box and he goes for goal first time – but it wasn’t one of his finest efforts and Valerenga block – and clear.
    • 3' Paul Scholes wins the ball with a flying early tackle in the centre circle. No one told him that this is a pre-season friendly.
    • 1' KICK OFF. We are underway at a sold out Ullevaal Stadion.
    • 14.58 Man Utd XI vs Valerenga: Lindegaard, Valencia, Ferdinand, Vidic, M. Keane, Young, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Welbeck, Rooney.
    • 14.55 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this friendly between Norwegian side Valerenga and Manchester United.
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