Howard makes dream debut with Man United

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Tim Howard made 12 saves in his first game with Manchester United against Italian League winner Juventus.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Tim Howard made 12 saves in his first game with Manchester United, and the English Premier league champion beat Italian League winner Juventus 4-1 in an exhibition game. Howard's debut with the world's biggest club came in front of a sellout crowd of 79,005, the largest ever at a soccer game at Giants Stadium. The 24-year-old from North Brunswick played in the same stadium for nearly five seasons with Major League Soccer's Metro Stars before Manchester United acquired his rights on July 14 for $3.6 million. Aggressive play Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored for Manchester United, coming off its eighth English Premier League title in 11 seasons. It was the third straight win for the Red Devils on their US tour, which ends Sunday against Barcelona in Philadelphia. Giggs started it in the 24th minute with a free kick into the right corner of the net. Scholes scored in the 57th minute from 17 yards out off feeds from Juan Sebastian Veron – rumoured to be in transfer talks with Chelsea – and Solskjaer. Van Nistelrooy's goal skidded past reserve goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti in the 60th minute. Juventus broke through in the 70th minute when reserve Pavel Nedved sent an 18-yard shot past a diving Howard. Solskjaer scored in the 79th minute with a low liner that eluded Chimenti. Manchester United, which opens the Premier League season August 16 at home against Bolton, was clearly the aggressor and played with a faster-paced offensive attack. Juventus plays AC Milan on Sunday in the Italian Super Cup at Giants Stadium and opens its Italian League schedule at home against Empoli on August 31. AC Milan beat Juventus 3-2 on penalty kicks on May 28 after a scoreless tie at Old Trafford – Manchester's home field – to win the European Champions Cup. (AP)

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