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Man United Take Control of Group F

A good win for Manchester United tonight in a match that was always going to be difficult against Benfica. It wasn’t the most beautiful thing to watch, and there were moments where I was reminded why Portugal was despised so much during the World Cup. In this one, Benfica’s diving and overacting was extremely disappointing.

Louis Saha showed a touch of brilliance as swayed to the left, picked up speed and sent a curving left footed shot in over the keeper. Wayne Rooney, on the other hand, was extremely poor — as he has been since he returned from suspension. I’m really surprised Sir Alex Ferguson keeps faith with Rooney. Instead, he should be playing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more often who has showed class every time he comes on the field.

That said, this was an important three points for United. They’re in pole position in their Champions League group. Plus, they can now focus on their next match which will be this Sunday at home against Newcastle United (9am ET, Setanta Sports). It’s imperative that United pick up the points against Glenn Roeder’s team to keep the pressure on Chelsea and to stay near the top of the pack.

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  1. sporez

    September 27, 2006 at 1:33 am

    Christiano Ronaldo has made such a huge impact on the Manchester United team. He seems to get better all the time. When he came to United, he did play the diving, writhing, ankle grabbing style so prevalent in the Portuguese league. He seems to have left that behind, and has realized that you get alot more free kicks in dangerous areas if you have the respect of the referees and are legitimately fouled. He still has a tendency to go for goal when he has other options, but it appears that he is working on that, as well as that final cross into the box from the wing. I may not agree with Quieroz (I rarely do) that he could be the greatest player on the planet in the near future, but I do believe that he has the skills to be a Manchester United legend, which is better anyway, as far as I’m concerned – if we can keep him at Old Trafford! The chorus of boos that greet him at every away game seems to have sharpened his desire to succeed, and as we all know his favorite goal celebration is the “SHHHH, genius at work” gesture toward the opposing fans.

  2. Anonymous

    September 26, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    One problem, being 107 years old, Ole probably couldn’t play more than 15 mins and still be effective. Rooney can go all day and the brillance is bound to surface at any minute.

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