Diary of A Man Utd Fan
Game: Manchester United Vs Chelsea FC
Venue: Old Trafford
Competition : UEFA Champions League ¼ final, 2nd leg
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome it is I your favorite United Fan! We go into tonight’s game with a 1goal advantage but I find that it’s of little comfort. To be honest I’m a tad bit scared. I was however bolstered by Sir Alex Ferguson’s comment saying that we can’t be knocked of perch. Most of my Arsenal friends are rooting for the Blues but whilst they still cling onto the hope that they’ll one day win the Champions League, United has been there and done that. Dear Arsenal fans please park well and watch good footie. I do hope the “£50m” man doesn’t end his goal drought against us. United’s only injury doubt is one half of Brazilian pair; Rafael DaSilva (he has been very impressive this season). Utility man John O’shea is set to deputize. Everyone except injury cursed Owen Hargreaves was fit and available for tonight’s game.
Nani started tonight’s game and boy was I glad. I don’t see why he didn’t get a mention for this year’s PFA player of the year award. By way of consolation Nemanja ‘the rock’ Vidic is nominated. The usual suspects are present and ready to do battle; Van Der Saar, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Giggs and Rooney. Valencia was not in the 1st XI, I did ponder at this decision, but Fergie knows best. Chelsea put up a pretty strong side with Drogba (sigh of relief) the big name absentee as Torres and Anelka were preferred up front.
The game starts with both teams being cautious. The first real chance of the game fell to Chelsea with Lampard coming close. Both teams attacked each other from all angles. Chelsea held the advantage for most of the 1st half. United began to gather momentum deep into the half. I was glad we were getting into our stride. Tackles flew all over the place and this led to the ref producing 4 yellow cards (3 to Chelsea and 1 to United) all in the 1st half alone. The breakthrough came in the 43rd minute when Rooney’s pass from 40 yards out found Ryan Giggs on the right side of the Chelsea box. Giggs passed to O’shea who returned the ball promptly and expertly to the waiting Giggs. Who then delivers a spot on pass to Chicharito. Wonder boy as expected then proceeds to score his 18th goal of the season (7 shy of Paul Scholes’ 25 goal tally prediction for the young lad). That goal was a relief even if it didn’t completely ease my tension, afterall we are playing Chelsea. Besides whatever will I tell all the Man Utd haters if we lose? Edwin Van Der Saar is simply amazing. If only every United player aged as gracefully as he has done. 40yrs old and still going strong. I really wish we could hold onto him for at least one more season. I doubt that will happen but I trust Sir Alex to find a good replacement in the summer. 1st half ends 1-0 with Chelsea needing to score twice to get back into the game.
The 2nd half starts with Chelsea vigourously knocking at United’s door. All efforts to get a goal back proved futile. Van Der Saar mostly responsible for their failure. United Legend Peter Schmeichel would be proud. Chelsea’s Ramires was sent off in the 70th minute for a foul on Nani. With Chelsea being a man down United task got a little easier. That saying “It’s never over till it’s over” came into play as Chelsea got back into the game via a well worked goal from substitute Didier Drogba. I had barely finished raining curses on Ferdindand and Evra for letting him through, when Ji Sung Park scored United’s second and gave us a 3-1 aggregate lead. With 13 minutes left to play you would think United was the losing team with the way they kept attacking. It was a joy to behold. A fast paced match showcasing all that is right with the Premier league. The game ended 2-1 and Man Utd booked their place against either Schalke or Inter Milan in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
I’d like to appeal to the general public, if anyone out there has goals to spare or a good 1st touch kindly mail them to Mr Fernando Torres of Chelsea FC. Sadly 11 games gone and no goal. His ball control skills also seem to have deserted him, shioor. My man of the match is Ryan Giggs for a brilliant display. I find it hard to believe he is 37 years old. Special recognition goes to Michael Carrick, Hernandez and Rooney for their awesome performance. At this rate you won’t get to read any of my well thought out excuses. My boys are balling and our confidence level is sky high. We have a fully fit squad with about 28 players fighting for 11 starting places.
United is on another kind of Fantastic!!!!
Glory Glory Man United, As The Reds Go Marching On.
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