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Milan Outclass United

AC Milan beat Manchester United 3-0 to reach the Champions League final.

Nemanja Vidic returned to the starting line-up after spending one month on the sidelines with a broken collarbone. The Serbian rose to the challenge magnificently, unlike his teammates.

From the very first minute, it looked like Milan would swamp us. They were first to every ball, wreaking havoc every time they went forward while we were pedestrian, looked way off the pace and intimidated by the San Siro.

We gifted two astonishingly similar goals to our opponents in the first half, the second was especially ridiculous. Poor Vidic slipped after Heinze passed the ball inside our own area (and where did he learn to do that???) and from the ensuing mayhem Seedorf fired home - let me mention that Vidic cleared the ball with his head, that fell to Seedorf and Nemanja was already there to block the shot. He was unsuccessful in his attempt but where was Wes Brown? Who know?

I felt that the break could not come soon enough and I was thoroughly relieved when Frank de Bleeckere put an end to my sufferings. I hoped against hope that Fergie might do something to prevent the inevitable.

Well, the second half was no better. Fergie did not send on Louis Saha until the 76th minute so I guess he's still not fully fit. Milan settled for holding their lead comfortably and for all our efforts, we could only show up a penalty claim when Rooney was upended in the air by Massimo Oddo.

Saha came in but it was Gilardino who had a hilariously and pathetically easy chance. He did not miss (though I thought he's the one who could miss even that) and it was really all over.

Milan were clearly superior as all their season led up to this game. For them, it was a vital game. We, on the other hand, had an excellent but exhausting season that took our toll. Unfortunately, we chose the worst possible day to reach rock bottom.

Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic did what could be expected of them. However, both of them were inefficient because football is ultimately a team sport and their teammates let them down. Cristiano Ronaldo was pathetic, it was his worst performance in the season, Gabriel Heinze was disastrous, Fletcher and Carrick were outplayed by their Italian counterparts while Scholesy could not be the intelligent force he usually is. I expected much more from Scholes and Giggs, I truly believed that their experience could take us through.

They were disappointing, just like everyone else, apart from Rooney and Vidic but the referee was almost as bad. Milan did not need his help as they were clearly superior but he insisted on offering them plenty of support. Gennaro Gattuso committed four such fouls that each of them would have warranted a yellow card if Scholes committed them (or if Herbert Fandel, ref of the Roma game were in charge). We should have been awarded a penalty, too and he could have done a lot more to sort out their play-acting.

Having said that, I firmly believe that even excellent officiating would not have saved us yesterday. We were just too bad. But there's a league title to win for us so I'd urge everyone to forget it and concentrate on Manchester City - they should be punished for our disappointing European night.

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Date:Thursday May 3 2007
Time: 11:53AM


Shame, i was looking forwards to seeing nev crying in the final with gerrard lifting the trophy again =) and im sorry, but i have to bring up the point about Ronaldo being "best in the world". If your three nil up, theres no one else id rather have, but when your three nil down, i think its easy to see stevies number one
03/05/2007 12:30:00
stevie is nowhere near ronaldos league so he had a off game but you would no about off games as most off the liverpool squad have been having them in the premiership all season
03/05/2007 12:38:00
wouldnt it be funny if man city the true club of manchester turn you over on saturday morning only two days recovery,and then you will be bricking it against the two chelsea games,it could be another year winning sweet fa......
fran merida
03/05/2007 13:06:00
wouldnt it also be funny if you dont win nothing oh yeah its gonna happen ha ha time to start laughing
03/05/2007 14:17:00
I like the way you think there Fran Merida, I'm with you. :))
Blue is the colour
03/05/2007 14:32:00
well weve already won the womens european na na na na na..........:-)
fran merida
03/05/2007 15:22:00
oi blue...i would hate your lot to buy the league again,im just tryin to wind up against both teams with equal passion...but i suppose im for the chavs to lift the fa cup if mancs take the league and visaversa
fran merida
03/05/2007 15:25:00
Hardlines boys, I wanted you lot to win, make sure you win the bloody title and the FACup, the rest of football is relying on you.
03/05/2007 15:49:00
Blue,, nothing your small trophy haul of two seasons is down to dodgy money. Your team, supporters and management have no class. I`m glad you lost, its funny to see Maureen moaning and groaning. Your stlye of football doesnt deserve to be anywhere near the top. With any luck your due to be relegated again soon.
03/05/2007 15:52:00
bitc,F**k off back to the bridge knobhe@d and give our trophy a polish,we'll call round next week to pick it up!!!!
03/05/2007 16:24:00
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