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Another Glorious Night for Manchester United

After the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford last night, you could see the incredible delight on Alex Ferguson’s face. The Scot wants nothing more than to add another Champions League trophy to his long list of accomplishments before he retires, whenever that is.

But while United’s performance was exemplary, especially in the second half, the Red Devils shouldn’t get too carried away. All that Milan needs to qualify for the final in place of Man United is a 1-0 home win next week at the San Siro (the same scoreline that kicked Celtic out of the first knockout round this year).

Such is the demands of the Champions League that the return leg in Milan will be played next week. Ferguson will especially be concerned with the weak defending that led to both goals by Kaka. Heinze was guilty of giving the Brazilian too much space and being unable to catch up with him for the first goal. The second goal was a comedy of errors with Patrice Evra clashing in to his own player for Kaka to go it alone and slot the ball into the back of the net.

United should also be concerned with the inability to capitalize on free kicks with both Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo being guilty of weak shots.

Of particular note were the Paul Scholes pass that led to the first goal by Rooney (Alan Ball discussed it after the match, just hours before he died). And the pass by Ryan Giggs that led to Rooney’s last minute winner.

For more analysis and highlights of the match, watch this:

Just as the United fans were against Roma in the 7-1 home win, the Old Trafford Crowd was loud and passionate again last night. Incredibly, United only has one more home game left this season and that’s the final one at the end of the season against West Ham United at home where Ferguson will be hoping he can win the Premiership trophy. Let’s hope the fans can be as boisterous that day as they were last night.

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2 Responses to Another Glorious Night for Manchester United

  1. Anonymous says:

    Milan played with 10 men-Gilardino didn’t touch the ball. He is so overrated-why didn’t Pipo start?
    Kaka-man of the match(or of the first 60 minutes). Ronaldo didn’t have an amazing game, but he was still a factor every time he touched the ball. Solid Fletcher and Carrick.
    Dida was at fault for 2 of the goals.
    Milan will win the second leg and then lose to Liverpool in the final, just like 2 years ago.

  2. ZTN says:

    Gattuso’s exit in the second half had a profound impact on the balance of the game.

    As a Milan fan, I was quite disappointed with second half. Milan seemed resigned to waiting for the final whistle as soon as the second half began and DIDA WAS DREADFUL. I hope the rumors of Buffon coming to Milan next year are true.

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