Keane goal aids Man Utd win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> A headed goal nine minutes from time by Roy Keane gave Manchester United a 1-0 win at Leeds United on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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A headed goal nine minutes from time by Roy Keane gave English Premiership champions Manchester United a 1-0 win at Leeds United on Saturday. The game looked to be heading to a goalless draw when Leeds substitute Lamine Sakho lost the ball close to his own goal and Keane converted from a Gary Neville cross. Manchester United's $50 million defender Rio Ferdinand returned to his former club Leeds on Saturday, to the jeers of a crowd who took every opportunity to remind the 24-year-old of his now infamous missed drug test and subsequent omission from the England squad. But the Yorkshire faithful soon found another villain in a red shirt, as United's Portuguese teenager Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to fall all too easily under a challenge from Gary Kelly in the Leeds penalty area after just eight minutes. The replay showed that referee Graham Poll was right to wave the penalty appeals away and later cautioned Ronaldo for another dive. Few clear chances punctuated a combative first half. Ruud van Nistelrooy wasted the clearest opportunity from a Ronaldo free kick on 40 minutes and the score remained 0-0 at the break. There was more urgency in the second half. United's Paul Scholes stung the hands of Paul Robinson four minutes after the restart. The visitors were taking control of the game and Ronaldo grazed the crossbar with a shot just after the hour. It seemed the closest the match would come to producing a goal, but nine minutes from time a defensive error cost Leeds the match. Substitute Lamine Sakho, replacing Mark Viduka, gave the ball away on the edge of his own area, Gary Neville supplied the cross and Roy Keane converted at the far post for his second goal in successive away games. Scholes hit the bar with seconds remaining but it mattered little, the 1-0 win taking the champions temporarily back to the top of the table - at least until Arsenal's 2-1 win over Chelsea later in the day. (AP)

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