Manchester United 2-3 Real Madrid CF
Scholes(P)______________Raul x 2
A great game from OUR team. We won deservedly. Overall a very good game at old Trafford. When the game started I had a lot of fears I admit, I was worried that we wouldn't be able to game at all, that it would be a wave of Manchester attacks and so on. BUT after 5 minutes I knew this game was ours for the taking, we were controlling play, I was amazed with the poise and inteligence of our players. Everyone was calm, the ball was just being passed around, no problemo. Even after we got that lucky goal I felt we were handling it well. MU had some dangerous situations, but besides that we had the advantage, I don't know how? when they threatend so did we
At the break I was just praying for it to stay like it did, I mean not the score, but the level of play, I was hoping we could keep controlling the game. Then came THOSE 3 minutes. What Raul did was so obvious, i mean I knew it was gonna happen, yet when he actually did, I was shocked
Simply shocked. The Keane messes up a clar chance and Redondo brakes down the left. OK if someone would have said in that moment that we're gonna score I rreally wouldn't have known how!? We all know the rest, simply ingenious. Redondo is back and I acknowledge it fully. Just one thing I wanted to point out though. When Redondo made THAT move, did anyone notice Raul's reaction? MU's defense was dumbfounded, Morientes didn't reall know what to do, but Raul just stromed into the penalty area, literally like a sprinter! he took off some 30 meters form goal and a second later, there he was to tap it in. Absolutely ingenious. After that the game was settled. Bex pulled of a great move, but that's where it should've ended. Macca in my opinion played a good game, nothing to spectacular, but that penalty was really absurd. What was he thinking about. I think he just wanted to make himslef "visable" to much
Too bad. Then came the final whistle, great. We're goin' to Paris...
GK: Casillas-another outstanding game. Had a lot of help from...
Defense: All in all our defense has played great lately. I must say Campo has been my absolute anti-favorite for the past years, but he is doing great lately! Wonderful stuff with Karanka! I really don't know if Hierro should return. Remember we have yet to lose a game when this pair plays at the back. It's something to think about... Salgado was very good as always, but Giggs was by far the most dangerous player in MU's team. I really had some heartattacks when he had the ball. Roberto arlos simply outplayed Bex once again. To say SpiceMan is the second best player in the world is just pathetic. A great goal, but nevertheless he was non-existant on the field.
Midfield: Redondo outsatnding. The man. Keane was no one compared to the Argentinian. I'm glad Red is doin't the stuff. BUT.. has anyone noticed Ivan Helguera? He is doing great and I think it should stay this way. Even if Guti recovers Ivan should play alongiside Redondo, they are doing great together, I'm very happy. IMO our wingers had a weaker day, still good though. Savio and Macca showed nothing to glamorous, but they were still better then Irwin, Neville or Bexy.
Attack: Raul is ingenious. Look at the goal, nothing else has to be said. Morientes played a good game, but he unlike Raul had the role os a Center forward,which turned out the worst on the night. Playing on the counter like we did, he rarley had an opportunity, but still he could've scored once or twice. the man who really pissed me off was Anelka. He came on in the 70th and instaed of running his fat ass off, he just kept jogging around the field. There was this one moment that absolutely infuriated me. The ball was passed back to van der Gouw(poor guy) and up comes Raul flying toward him (80th minute) and Anelka just looks at this. I am sick and tired of this. I'm pretty sure Raul needs a break, because he has been workiong so hard lately. And yet this Nicola$ fellow once agin shows a complete lack of everything. I am so dissapointed, I keep believing in him, but even I will lose my temper...
So all in all i have one thing to say: WE SHOULD NOT CHANGE A TEAM THAT KEEPS WINNING! Never! Helguera should stay! It seems he is the missing link in the midfield, i hope del bosque has realized this.
What are yalls opinions?
Ivan Helguera (Guti sometimes)