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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