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Forget Rome, We Don't Need Inferiority Complex

Forget Rome, We Don't Need Inferiority Complex

Apparently, our lads cannot forget the defeat at Rome. Granted, it was quite sickening: we started excellently, missed two glorious chances then conceded a very soft goal and fell apart. Dwelling on it does not sound very wise but that's what Patrice Evra does.

"I`m a winner - I like to win - so I still think about what happened in Rome," he told

"Everybody says we did well last season and we won three trophies, but when you lose the final in the manner we did - we didn`t give a true account of ourselves - it`s very frustrating.

"We didn`t show people the real Manchester United and we were very upset with ourselves. We missed a big opportunity in Rome and that`s a real shame. It killed all my dreams last year."

Rio Ferdinand, one of the worst players of that night, also admitted that it still feels painful. I'm all for building on painful memories to draw energy but in this case it might not be the best thing to try. I mean the memory of our Leverkusen defeat in 2002 was heartbreaking because we were the better team in that second leg. This time it wasn't the case.

Evra's right: we did not give a true account of ourselves. And that's why we should move on, forget that game, because thinking about Barcelona's performance will only result in a nice little inferiority complex which is the last thing we need. That was a crap game, forget that, and remember how gloriously we dismantled Arsenal at the Emirates. That should give the confidence for another assault.

Or if we insist on dwelling on the memories of Rome, then take note of the way Ronaldo tried to win that final single-handedly. Thank God nobody would do that this time if we somehow got to Madrid.

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Date:Tuesday September 15 2009
Time: 2:59PM


If someone were to win it singlehandedly for us because the rest were incapable and they felt they had to, fine. I felt Ronaldo often wasted chances to pass to team-mates who were in better positions and didn't track back or help team play much. Hindering rather than helping our play. We were terrific at Tottenham and hopefully that's the way we can play all season. Though eleven men is best...
Man utd champions
15/09/2009 15:54:00
I agree with Man utd champions and I just feel that he got sucked into the hype created ofcourse by the media and unfortunately messi was smart enough to know how important playing as a team is whereas Mr.Ronaldo was on a mission to prove how great he is to anyone who doubted his ability to produce on the biggest stage.
Antriksh (abmtd)
15/09/2009 17:09:00
The Ronaldo show ... for about 10 minutes anyway. He is an amazing player but he wasnt an amazing squad-mate in that final and it was guttening to see such a quality player try and take the game into his own hands. But Ronaldo is not the only one to blame, the team itself in general played poorly but hey, there's always this season, next season and the season after next.
One United 92
15/09/2009 22:37:00
Fergie got tactics and team selection wrong. Paid too much respect to Barcelona and we paid for it but the lads are right, we didn't show the world our true quality. Thats what's most frustrating!
16/09/2009 01:36:00
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