Monday, 22nd December 2008
United win in Japan, but may count the cost of jet lag
Manchester United added new silverware to their trophy cabinet at the weekend when they won the Club World Cup in Yokohama.
The Red Devils won 1-0 against Ecuador's Liga de Quito, however manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that the trip to Japan could harm their prospects of winning a third successive Premier League title.
"A lot of us are finding it difficult and struggling to sleep," he said, adding: "Towards the end of the semi-final on Thursday there were signs that jet-lag was having an effect on the players."
United's victory in Japan came despite the sending-off of Nemanja Vidic in the 49th minute for elbowing an opposition player.
Scouser and former Everton player Wayne Rooney secured the winning goal in the 73rd minute at the Yokohama International Stadium.
Christiano Ronaldo, Park Ji Sung and Carlos Tevez also played a part in the victory.
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