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It Feels Like Milan 2007

It Feels Like Milan 2007

I don't know what's this with our defence before European knockout ties. Last season Hargreaves played at right-back in both legs against Barcelona to cover for Brown who's been drafted in to the centre because of Vidic's injury...

The season before we had no Vidic and Evra in Rome while in the second leg Ferdinand and O'Shea both picked up knocks. Still, United progressed on both occasions despite all the injury problems so we're entitled to be optimistic as we're contemplating a Rafael-Carrick-Ferdinand-Evra back four at the San Siro.

'I have to find two centre-backs somewhere,' Fergie said. 'It's a nightmare.'

It is indeed, a recurring old nightmare: I feel exactly like before that fateful night at, you guessed it, the San Siro. In the 2007 semi-final United were up against AC Milan, city rivals of Inter and were forced to field a back four of O'Shea, Heinze, Ferdinand and Evra at Old Trafford. Somehow we squeezed through with a 3-2 win, playing some devastating attacking football to compensate for the defence's horrible lapses.

But then we were turned over at the San Siro. That game was special in one sense: we had Vidic available for a vital European knockout game! But that came at a price as Rio Ferdinand had to be left home. Now Brown was at left-back, the increasingly erratic Heinze played on the left with Evra suspended and O'Shea did his best on the right.

We all know how this makeshift defence, with the half-fit Vidic, coped against a rested and fresh AC Milan: pathetically, giving away unbelievably cheap goals in the first half. Thus we had been dumped out of Europe but at least they went on to beat the Scousers in the final.

I'd rather forget that game but as I contemplate the threat of Adriano and Ibrahimovic the memories of that night keep popping up...



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Writer:Zae
Date:Monday February 23 2009
Time: 9:33AM

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we will be fine I am sure. we should be able to defend against them and most certainly outscore them..nuff said
skylab
23/02/2009 14:08:00
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Don't!!! I read the title and thought oh no, not again - i can just see this. I will comment again after i've read the article lol.
Man utd champions
23/02/2009 19:08:00
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I have two feelings about this - it's gonna go one of two ways. Either we get thrashed (Milan 2007) or we do really well and win 2-0 away from home (Roma 2008). Having said that, it'll probably be a boring 0-0 draw
Man utd champions
23/02/2009 19:10:00
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So, you think there are two ways but it's a third that will actually happen. Weird :-)
Zae
23/02/2009 21:51:00
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Cheap goals in the first half! They comprehensively played you out of the park!
JT_daniel
24/02/2009 02:14:00
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