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Champions Of England, Europe And The World

Though we have two games left to play, we can say that United have ended the year in style: after being crowned Champions of England and Europe in May, they now landed the world title as well.

It may not be the most prestigious of prizes, it hasn't generated too much interest and certainly didn't induce excitement yet we won it and won it deservedly and that's another trophy to add to the trophy cabinet - even though we all know that this is the least significant of the three (four, if you count the Community Shield but that's even less important so it undermines my point therefore... oh, never mind).

Fergie named a very strong side in the final against LDU Quito today:

Van der Sar; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Anderson; Park, Rooney, Ronaldo; Tevez

And I must say that for me it was a much more enjoyable game than the semi-final, despite seeing only one goal and I think United played much, much better this time. There was rhytm, there was a flow in our game and we dominated the opposition who looked like a talented, agile team but without very much creativity.

Should have put the game beyond their reach in the first half but chances were spurned frustratingly and as the Ecuadorians proved adept at long shots there were reasons to worry. However, both keeper did very well to keep the scoreline at 0-0.

As I said, United were significantly the better team, driven by Rooney and Carrick who were absolutely influential. They refused to contemplate defeat even when Nemanja Vidic was sent off for an alleged elbow in the 50th minute - it was a very, very harsh red card. Fergie immediately took off Tevez and introduced Evans, and this move naturally subdued our attacks a little yet we were still the better team.

Ronaldo was contained fairly well yet showed glimpses of his true capabilities and caused problems for the opposition, and he worked very well with the impressive Patrice Evra who will be sorely missed in the next four games. The right side of the team wasn't as impressive: both Park and Rafael had one of their poorer games so most of our good work came from the left and from Rooney and Carrick.

And these two combined, involving Ronaldo as well, to send United into a winning lead in the 73rd minute. Carrick's vision allowed him to pick out Ronaldo on the edge of the box who sidefooted the ball to Rooney on the left. The English striker took a touch then fired low into the far corner of the net. A delightful and richly deserved goal.

Quito's long-range efforts quickened the pulses in the remaining 20 minutes but United were always more threatening on the break and could and should have won more convincingly. However, it was convincing enough: playing with 10 men against the South American champions for 40 minutes we still managed to win the game and deservedly so.

We are now OFFICIALLY the best team in the world - not that there was ever any doubt!




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 21 2008

Time: 6:15PM

Your Comments

FANTASTIC achievement IMO considering both Barca and Liverpool have failed to win it! Bring on 2009!
ForeverUnited
no doubt in your circles, perhaps. but please stop giving any credence to the tournament you just won. it's a bunch of nonsense and i couldn't care less about who has or has not won it.
RadioactiveD
RadioactiveD, I agree, it's not a big deal, but simply to say we're champions of the world makes it worth it. I don't know what team you support, but come the end of the season, whatever happens, we will have won the "World Cup". The confidence from this could also help us throughout the rest of the season; and Rooney's started scoring at just the right time
Man utd champions
RadioactiveD - Why shouldnt I give credence to this trophy? Football does not revolve around JUST European teams! Playing the champions of all the continental federations make this a huge trophy! Just because you havent heard of the teams that participate in it does not make it any less of trophy. This is a tournament that any team should be honoured to particpate in considering it takes a lot of hardwork to get there!
ForeverUnited
Of the top four (or five) teams that will compete for the Premier League, Arsenal and Chelsea both couldn't win the Champions League, and when Liverpool played in this competition, they lost - 3-0. As for Aston Villa, no disrespect (they are looking a very good team) but they haven't got into the Champions League yet. My point is, we're in it because of past achievements, and ebing able to say we're Champions of the World (first British side to be able to do so) is special. Besides, in our two absenses for Super Cup and World Club Cup commitments, none of the top four won a game, allowing us to actually catch up ground on them, if we win our games in hand. If we beat Chelsea and win those two games in hand, we will be 5 points clear of them, and just the one point behind Liverpool (if they win all their games). Not bad going considering the second half of the season we have most of the top half at home, and the easiest fixture list of the top 4
Man utd champions
 

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