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Reserves hold Norwegian giants to draw

Posted by nickogs20 on November 27, 2008

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side picked up a creditable draw at Carrington on Sunday against Rosenborg, the most successful club their coach’s homeland has seen.

With the Norwegian Tippeligaen season over but UEFA Cup commitments still to fulfil, coach Erik Hamrén brought his side to Carrington to take on United’s second string in a behind closed doors friendly as part of their preparations for their upcoming clash with Valencia. The Rosenborg party spent five days in Manchester, training at The Cliff last Thursday and Friday and at Carrington on Saturday before taking on the Reds on Sunday and returning home on Monday.

The Trondheim club fielded a strong side for the match, featuring the likes of Norway internationals Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Roar Strand and former Spurs striker Steffen Iversen, as well as Swedish international Mikael Dorsin.

United fielded pretty much the strongest possible reserve lineup OGS could put out, the coaching staff treating the game as an extremely valuable exercise. Danny Welbeck partnered Manucho in attack, while the midfield contained players with a similar level of first-team experience in Rodrigo Possebon and Darron Gibson.

It was Dorsin who gave the visitors the lead, heading home precisely from John Pelu’s cross after a rapid Rosenborg counter attack caught the Reds on the hop. The Reds were level just over ten minutes later, Darron Gibson’s stinging long range drive proving too hot for keeper Jarstein to handle. Both sides had their chances to win the game, Rosenborg perhaps shading things but a flurry of substitutions and the seriously worsening weather conditions saw the game peter out to a draw that both sides will take a lot from.

Highlights were available here although at the time of writing, the website appears to be down – worth checking at some point in the future if you’re interested.

1. Ben Amos
2. David Gray
3. Tom Cleverley
4. Corry Evans
5. James Chester (c)
6. Darron Gibson (12. Magnus Eikrem 62)
7. Rodrigo Possebon (14. Antonio Bryan 62)
8. Danny Drinkwater
9. Manucho (18. Cameron Stewart 62)
10. Sam Hewson
11. Danny Welbeck (15. Jimmy Derbyshire 46)

Subs not used
13. Ron-Robert Zieler
16. Nicky Ajose
17. Kenny Strickland

Scorer: Gibson ’36

8 Responses to “Reserves hold Norwegian giants to draw”

  1. Avy Smith said

    Solskjaer has done a pretty good job till now…But the real test is yet to happen!!!

  2. mattweeden said

    Is it me or are the reseves lacking a bit of width

  3. is corry evans related to jonny evans?

  4. nickogs20 said

    He’s his younger brother.

    And yes Matt, they very much are. Not helped by Danny Galbraith and Fabio being injured, but even with those two around there’s a lack of width.

  5. mattweeden said

    when is fabio back seems to have been out for a while

  6. a.s said

    congrats lads, the arsenal youth would of been eaten alive by rosenborg but not the best kids in the land, man utd

  7. Tone said

    As a Norwegian, I am shamed at the fact that our league is so crappy most teams in it could be beaten by a bunch of kids. But then I hate Norwegian football and especially Rosenborg, so this is such a brilliant result for me! I wish I’d been there…

  8. PK said

    We certainly lack the prowess down the flanks with Fabio and Galbraith out injured. Is it just me or did we play with an odd 3 defenders? Or did someone else from the midfield maybe step in and fill in the extra position? Anyway, good experience for the kids to take on a team that has been in the UEFA Champions League multiple times.

    The result shows that they can hang with some of top European teams in the other countries. They’ll get great confidence from this and it will certainly be interesting to see whether it has an affect on the way they’ll play over the next few games.

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