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Manchester United: Future Champions of Europe?

What an awe-inspiring performance that was last night by Manchester United after their 7-1 thrashing of Roma in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Who could have predicted such an outcome?

The one-touch passing and incredible link-up play was incredible. But, to me, what was even more impressive was the performance of Manchester United as a team. Playing together as a team sounds like a simple concept, but it’s one that the England national team, and many other sides, are unable to accomplish.

Giggs played one of the best games of his life with unbelievable vision on the pitch that led to inch-perfect passes that completely ripped Roma apart. In fact, you can go through the entire squad and single out many heroic performances. But again, it was the interplay between Man United on the pitch and their amazing determination to put this match out of Roma’s reach that was astounding to watch.

At four nil up in the first half, the majority of club sides in the world would have taken their pedal off the gas and made some substitutions and rested players. But not Man United, who seemed like they wanted to provide a message to the world. For the remainder of the Champions League, and Premiership, teams will now fear Man United even more than they did before.

Tonight was a magic night and Alex Ferguson and his side has to be congratulated. So too does the Old Trafford crowd who were the loudest I’ve heared them in quite some time at the historic stadium. After all, if you can’t be that passionate while winning 7-1, when would you ever be?

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Editor’s note: I drove to GolTV’s studios in Miami this afternoon for the first episode of the EPL Talk Video Podcast. More details to come on that soon. But I didn’t get a chance to watch Chelsea’s historic 2-1 win against Valencia. What a night for English football, and congratulations must also go to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea for pulling off the victory that so many people didn’t think they had it in them.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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