Brilliant Rooney Scores Hat Trick in His First App

Brilliant Rooney Scores Hat Trick in His First Appearance for Man URooney scores three in Man U's 6-2 victory over Fenerbahce Story Tools: Print Email Associated Press Posted: 23 minutes ago MANCHESTER England (Associated Press) - In his debut for Manchester United Wayne Rooney scored three goals as the English side defeated Turkey's Fenerbahce 6-2 Tuesday in the second rotation of the Champions League. The 18-year-old Rooney had not played a match since breaking his right foot against Portugal in England's quarterfinal on June 24 in Euro 2004. He had four goals and was the leading scorer when he was injured. Man United bought Rooney from Everton last month for a transfer fee that could reach 30 million pounds (US$54.2 million ?44.1 million). "Considering it was his first game I think it's magnificent manager Alex Ferguson said. "He was obviously tired in the last 25 minutes. But his job had been done. Everyone has seen the potential the boy has." "We want to develop him and mature him get him to maturity Ferguson added. "He's just a young boy don't forget." Manchester United took a 1-0 lead in the Group D match going up in the seventh minute on Ryan Giggs' header from 12 meters (yards). Rooney scored his first in the 17th minute. Rooney took a through pass and then struck a left-footed shot from 18 meters (yards) that sailed over the head of goalkeeper Rustu Recber. Rooney struck again in the 28th this time taking a pass from Giggs and scoring on a right-footed shot from 20 meters (yards) that beat Recber diving to his right. He got his third in the 54th curving in a free kick from 20 meters. To celebrate he raced toward the crowd threw a punch leaping into the air and then stood in the corner-kick area to receive his standing ovation. Rooney played all 90 minutes showing no signs of any fitness problems. Ruud van Nistelrooy made it 5-2 for Man United scoring with a shot from 10 meters (yards) in the 78th. David Bellion made it 6-2 three minutes later. Fenerbahce tried to get back into the game in the first minute of the second half with Marcio Nobre scoring off a corner. Fenerbahce got its other goal in the 60th on a strike from Tuncay Sanli.


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