Manchester, England (Sports Network) – Cristiano Ronaldo continued his brilliant run of play with two second-half goals to lift Manchester United to a 3-2 win over Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ronaldo has now scored six goals in United’s last three matches and has proven himself to be among the best players in the world. The win moves the Red Devils six points clear of Chelsea, who were held to a 2-2 draw for the second consecutive match on Saturday, this time to Fulham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put United on the board in the 33rd minute, but it took Reading’s Ibrahima Sonko just five minutes to reply with his first goal of the season to level the match.

After the restart Ronaldo took over, scoring two goals in an 18-minute span before Leroy Lita pulled one back late for the Royals.

The 33-year-old Solskjaer has enjoyed a rebirth this season, scoring his eighth league-goal 33 minutes into the match. The Norweigian striker did well to elude Sonko and get to the near post, where he headed home the opening goal of the match.

The visitors showed what they are made of just five minutes later, as an Edwin Van der Sar blunder led to the equalizer. The towering Dutchman fumbled Lita’s effort and left it for Sonko, who slammed home his first tally of the campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men almost responded immediately, as Ronaldo struck the bar before halftime.

The second half saw the home side continue to pressure the Reading net. Solskjaer called Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann into action with a near-post header that the American netminder did well to keep out. Wayne Rooney also nearly cracked the scoreboard, as he was sent through by Ronaldo but watched his shot curl just wide.

The Reading back line finally buckled in the 59th minute on a nice build-up from the hosts. One-touch passing from Ryan Giggs and Rooney sent Solskjaer in on net. His shot was slightly deflected by Hahnemann and rebounded off the post. However, Ronaldo was there to touch it home, giving United a 2-1 lead.

Reading’s task became even more daunting in the 69th minute as Sam Sodje received his second yellow card and was sent off.

Eight minutes later, United capitalized as Giggs found Ronaldo at the back post and the Portuguese midfielder volleyed home from close range.

Reading kept battling and were rewarded in stoppage time as Lita hit the net for a 3-2 game. It was too late for the Royals to find the equalizer, but it was another strong effort from Steve Coppell’s rugged side.

In other EPL action on Saturday, Charlton dumped Aston Villa 2-1 at The Valley on two second-half goals, Benny McCarthy scored in the 74th minute to hand Blackburn a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, Bolton recorded a big 3-2 win over Portsmouth, Everton got two goals from Victor Anichebe to defeat Newcastle 3-0, Luis Garcia scored right before halftime to lift Liverpool to a 1-0 win over Tottenham, Manchester City won by the same 1-0 score as DaMarcus Beasley tallied in the 83rd minute and Arsenal suffered a bad setback at Bramall Lane as the Gunners dropped a 1-0 decision to the Blades.

December 30th, 2006 Product Guide, 11 Comments
  • DynastySoccerFC … Rasputin

    Hat’s off to Manchester United! I hope they win everything this season! They are a great club! With a rich history! By the way, giova …. I played for Wolves in the English first divison, before there was a Premiership for two years. I played one year in Spain for Celta Vigo. & one year in Ireland for Cork City. I left Football to complete medical school. I also have a FIFA licence. How about you? What professional teams have you played for? What national team have you played for? My guess is ….You have never played at the professional level & you never will.

  • wayne rooney

    i’m the best player in the premiership!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    ronaldo is sick please give him his credit and get off his back

  • Tesoro

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the main reason for Man United success, I didn’t think the English fans would ever get off back because of the World Cup, now Ronaldo is the star and Rooney has been almost silent.

  • Alexander

    He’s the main reason Tesoro but not the only reason Man U are doing well. Saha has been playing pretty well all season as well as Solskjaer. Giggs has not been playing too bad either. As for Rooney, he has not lived up to all the hype heaped upon him yet still he’s been playing not too bad. Rooney has proven he’s no prima donna. He just doesn’t sit in the goal mouth & wait for the ball to be pushed up to him he runs down every ball that comes near him & fights for the ones he loses. I think he will get better with a little age. I just hope they roll on over Chelsea as I’m sick of Chelsea being praised for their over paid & overated players.

  • Sasha

    You know some of your comments make me laugh. Some of you knock Rooney as if you could step up & fill his shoes & make a bigger impact on international football than he has.Ok know it alls what are your names, what professional football clubs are you playing for? Lets see, I’ll take a lucky guess ..None! Am I correct? Unless you all play at the highest level in football may I impart two special words on you all ..’Be Quiet’ Go back to your Fantasy Football computer games like all the other no name non-players. Rooney has it hard because there is so much focus on him in games & this is why he has not scored much. The flip side to that is it opens space for other players on his team who happen to be scoring now more often than not. So lets hear it kickabouts. How many of you think you could keep pace with Rooney in a game?

  • Ghost Rider

    I love the fact that Ronaldo is making the spat between he and Rooney ancient history. For all those haters that were hoping Ronaldo would leave…Cristiano is staying at Old Trafford. Imagine what this team will do when Rooney hits top form.

  • DynastySoccerFc … Rasputin

    You know for the most part I try to hold back when somebody pushes my buttons. Giova, you never answered my question. Since your an expert when it comes to anything to do with Football. What professional teams have you played for? Have you played for your national team? Why is it alright for Materazzi to make vulgar comments about Zidane’s family but totally wrong for Zidane to have reacted like he did? Are you that bias & ignorant to say that it’s ok for an Italian player to do anything that he wishes but totally wrong for a French player to do what he wishes? By the way … You always call me a Yank. I’m European for the record. You say so many anti-American comments as if all Americans are bad. Where do you live? My guess is America & you know why! Because you know you can live a much better life in America than you ever could in your own country. If that was not the case you would be living back in Italy. Your a very simple minded ignorant person. It’s because of people like you that the world has so amny problems. Your uneducated & uneducated people make uneducated choices in life. If my post is deleted then fine! It just proves my point. I’ve said nothing wrong you waste of skin, The truth is just that … The truth.

  • Anonymous

    Rasputin what made u leave soccer to finish medical school? just a question cuz it seems like it would be a pretty big decision and i don’t know what i would choose. N on the ronaldo and rooney topic, they are both great players, obviously ronaldo has been scoring a lot more but they both make a difference on the field, i personally think they are both amazing and have different styles of soccer from which all u people who don’t play pros and are just hating could learn alot from.

  • Wisconsin Man U Fan

    Glory Glory Man United!
    Rooney, Ronaldo and the boys will be playing together for quite some time in the future at Man U so quit all this talk about one is better than the other or that Ronaldo is leaving. We are lucky to have the best players in the world on our team.

  • giova * * * *

    How long before Rooney punches Ronaldos lights out. You don’t think it will happen? Ronaldo is a sneaky little diving actor of a soccer player. He will pull another stunt and this time I think Rooney will get to him, and punch him right into Spain.