If the group stages of the Champions League have become tedious, then the knockout stage this year more than made up for it.
United’s thrashing of
The Quarterfinals left me speechless. Lyon heaped more misery on
And then there was Manchester United v Bayern Munich. I don’t know where to start, but here we go. For starters, United did not do enough in the first leg. After Rooney’s opening goal and his chance to make it 2-0, they lost possession far too easily and let Bayern run the game. Fergie’s substitutions were suspect and then Neville and Evra made horrible mistakes that cost them goals. In essence the tireless work of Olic set the stage for Robben. His goal at the end of the first leg put United behind heading back to Old Trafford, and his effort just before half took the gloss of an amazing first half by the Red Devils. Rafael’s red allowed Bayern to dominate, eventually leading to Robben’s exquisite finish. It was a disappointing exit but a thrilling ride.
Before the season began, I felt that this would be a transitional year for Manchester United. They sold Cristiano, would start phasing out the older members of the team and would begin shaping the team for the future. Results: Rooney has become the focal point of the team, and he has teamed up with Nani,
United have had a solid season. Top 3 finish, League Cup victory and Champions League Quarter-Final. They hung in there in the league to the end but the defeat against