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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Young's late show saves Sir Alex's blushes

How United found themselves moments away from losing at home in this competition for only the second time in33 games only they will know, but they were grateful to Young for rescuing them on his Champions League debut. A second successive draw leaves United precariously placed in what looked like a straightforward group. Two points from two games is poor by their standards, and they face a difficult trip to Romania to face Otelul Galati in December. What will concern Ferguson most is that the warning signs were there long before Alexander Frei and namesake Fabian Frei struck three times in 18 second-half minutes. It had all begun so well after his decision to start with Welbeck and leave Dimitar Berbatov on the bench. With Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez injured on the sidelines, this had been seen as Berbatov's big chance to prove he can still score in big games.

Instead, after a run of 20 Champions League appearances stretching back almost three years without a goal, hewatched 20-year-old Welbeck score twice in 80 seconds. Brace yourself: Welbeck bagged two goals inside 60 first-half seconds It was a magnificent response from the young England striker and only served to highlight Berbatov's deficiencies on the European stage. Welbeck's first goal in the competition was hardly a classic.