Woohoo! So Manchester United are into the Champions League semi-finals! If you remember, we won the first leg last week 1-0 thanks to a Rooney goal after some lovely play from Carrick and Giggs. I was confident-ish and if I thought we were good last week, that was nothing to compared to how well we were last night. For the majority of this season, we haven’t exactly been setting the world alight. Mainly we’ve been playing bad but we’ve managed to scrape wins. There have been some good performances (against Arsenal in the FA Cup), but no real standout wins. Until last night. Last night we looked like champions.
I don’t entirely know where to start. There were no star performers last night, because everybody shone. All 11 players on that pitch, shone for us last night. The defending was brilliant, the midfield was amazing and the finishing sublime. We played well, we hassled Chelsea continuously and with the greatest of respect to them, they never looked like winning. Our goals were very well taken. Firstly Chicharito put it into the back of the net from a Giggs cross (he’s SO not 37), Drogba then pulled one back after about 70+ minutes and then about 45 seconds later, Park scored our second to effectively seal the tie. Rio pulled up a couple of times and it did look as if he might have had to go off, but he soldiered on and completed the 90 minutes.
Chelsea were toothless. I mean they started with Torres, for crying out loud. They left Drogba on the bench ’til half-time (when Torres was taken off). Surely if Chelsea wanted to win last night Drogba would have started. Ancelotti can go on and on about how Torres is good in training, but until he shows it on the pitch he shouldn’t be playing. I feel sorry for him, because continuing to start him isn’t doing him any good at all. I do think he just needs to get over the hurdle of scoring that first goal, but until it happens, there’s just nothing there. No spark, no creativity, he’s a shadow of himself. Chelsea had Ramires sent off for two yellows (and JT nearly followed him) and Drogba definitely brought them to life, but it was a case of too little, too late.
We were magnificent, and we truly showed our mettle last night. We looked like serious contenders. We play City on Saturday (sans Rooney, sadly) but after City’s showing against Liverpool (poor!) I’m not too worried, which is probably stupid of me. We’ll play Inter or Schalke (probably Schalke as they’re 5-2 up and the second leg’s at Schalke tonight) but I wouldn’t rule Inter out, that would be stupid. And we have 6 Premier League games left and we’re 7 points clear (although Arsenal have a game in hand). I think we can keep this up, we’ve got good momentum, Rio’s back, Rooney’s scoring (so is Berbatov & Chicharito), Van Der Sar and Giggs are rolling back the years and Carrick’s come back into form. Nani and Valencia are terrifying on the wings and last night Park showed exactly how important he is during these big games. So yes, things are going well and I’m a happy football fan at the moment.