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Man Utd - toothless or tired?

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Manchester United's quest for more European glory was abruptly curtailed by a rampant AC Milan team on Wednesday night - but why were the Red Devils so outclassed?

Milan were straight out of the blocks while United looked like they were still patting themselves on the back for snatching a slender first-leg lead at Old Trafford.

United were rocked from the first minute when classy Kaka breezed past Nemanja Vidic only to see his pass fly across the face of goal.

Gabriel Heinze, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick and captain Ryan Giggs were all way under par. Just not good enough on the night and Rio Ferdinand while badly missed.

Milan had more power, desire, skill in what coach Carlo Ancelotti described as a "perfect" display.

Was Sir Alex Ferguson correct to blame a lack of freshness for the defeat or are United still three players short of being capable of reclaiming the European Cup?

Ferguson was gracious in defeat, but he was clearly devastated to lose so heavily just one match from the final.

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posted May 4, 2007

jesuschristthesecond is talkin rubbish. i pesonally believe fletcher was one of our better players against milan, and joey barton? come on man, have you seen his latest escapades at man city? what a great idea, lets bring him to the club so he can knock out ronaldo or rooney. he doesnt even deserve to wear the england shirt, barton is a thug. he is not even that good a player. liverpool, im proud of you, as i would rather see you in the final rather than see chelsae buy it. good luck

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comment by BigJohnd (U184558)

posted May 4, 2007

but why were the Red Devils so outclassed?

Because Milan didn't give them an own goal, the goalkeeper didn't drop the ball, the ref wasn't intimated and this season's best player - outrageous good fortune - was missing allowing all their inadequacies to shine through.

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comment by tte-77 (U8267836)

posted May 4, 2007

cisko2000 - muppet.

I assume that you either do not understand football or are just plain stupid. Milan deserved to win against Utd, regardless or score. 1-0 2-0 3-0 wow well done.

If Milan play like that against Liverpool in the final then good luck to you. Heres to another penalty shoot out anyway - probably the only way Liverpool can win against such a good team.

PS - how did Liverpool fare head to head this season against Utd? Oh and how many points difference is there between them in the league? Oh! Other than Gerrard and Carragher what other world class home grown players do Liverpool have??

Bring back the true meaning of the European Cup is what I say but heres to a fair and entertaining final.

As a Utd fan I was gracious in deafeat until I read this dongs comments.


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comment by Ricardo (U2355437)

posted May 4, 2007

Perhaps the secret to winning in european tournaments is to spend more time experimenting with tactics in your league matches - and settle for concentrating on that cup instead! How many teams have won the league AND won the European cup? It doesn't happen very often.

United DO have the players - but some defensive options need to be explored - how to take the sting out of a team that passes and moves well - and how to play a game of patience. United can do better and they will.

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comment by dbrecs (U6782290)

posted May 4, 2007

no question the best team won, milan were exellent, but i honestly believe that they are not a better side, they are not contesting in any other competitions, like liverpool they can rest players before the game
so moany jose has a point, and united have the balance right, the premier league is our no1 priority. the champions league is a floored competition, no champions in the final yet again this is becoming a competition for domestic also rans, 7 days rest between games would see europe's best teams performing 100%

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posted May 5, 2007

Not only did the players lack passion but so did Ferguson !!!!!!!!!!!!

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posted May 12, 2007

The problem with saha is he's only good in rare spells. VERRRY inconsistent. After start of season he was uniteds top marksman for a long time with great performances against celtic (AT OT ONLY) and grabbing points away at benfica. Then he gets unfit, squanders marvellous chances (AT CELTIC PARK) and ultimately injures himself - takin himself out of the squad for ages before coming back with another bang before peetering out again. Also, on hearing the news that ole is retirin after next season further stresses the point that we need another in-the-box assasin (with a cool temper) to partner rooney, because smith simply is not good enough as a striker. Our wide players were tired and out of it and our makeshift defence was simply laughable like in the first leg. Carrick couldnt pass and scholes was tryin to be cautious, hoping to make his first european final and no one could thread to rooney who also didnt come back enough. Fletcher........oh dear where do i start?....he looked lost and squandered probs our best chance of the night.

On the other side, milan went for it 200%. Kaka's goalthreat and Gattusso's passion were too much for a knackered united side too handle.

Btw, in case you havent read my name, this is coming from a united fan.

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posted May 12, 2007

Well put mate. It seems to me that the only thing liverpool can do in normal time is equalise..

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posted Dec 15, 2007

United outclassed in Europe, who would have thought it.

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