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.
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