Magnificient 7, that’s just a small way to describe what went on at the Theatre of Dreams a few minutes ago.
Let’s look at the scenario before the game begun:
– United lost 2-1 in the first leg
– United lost to Pompey in the Premiership, again 2-1
– Their first back to back defeat this season
– Critics are writing them off
– 4 main players injured for tonight’s tie (G.Neville, Vidic, Silvestre, Saha)
– 3 out of the 4 are defenders, something you wouldn’t want for the second leg
– Totti aims to let Ferguson remember his name..
And than the game begins and magically under 20 minutes Michael Carrick, Alan Smith and Wayne Rooney find the net to the disbelief of the Italian side and their coach.Cristiano Ronaldo decided to add a little more grief to Roma by scoring United’s 4th goal just before the break.
Besides the 4 goals in the first half what makes it even more interesting is that United scored with class and one touch play, Carrick opening his account in Europe and Smith ending his 17 months drought in the goal scoring department after enduring nightmare injuries and fitness regime.
Than Ronaldo starts the second half with another goal, at this point United are 5-0 up and Roma would need 4 goals to have a chance to qualify.
Michael Carrick scores his second and United’s six just before he was substituted, a beautiful goal i might add and i think we will see more of that in the coming weeks and seasons.Patrice Evra was brought on to replace O’ Shea and the frenchman was thrust into the unfamiliar rightback position, but it’s ok i guess considering United are 6-0 up in this quaterfinal tie, however Evra didn’t only manage to play at rightback he actually did what Gary Neville has rarely done in that position….score a goal.
That made it 7-1 as before that Roma pulled a consolation goal back.
In the end United made it through with a bang while Totti remains a nobody in Ferguson’s mind…