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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroTech View Post
    If SAF had played offensively, we COULD have won it and that in turn would have motivated the boys to go and beat Barca and we could have rested all the players for the final in Moscow...... but alas.....
    Yeah I tot Fergie will take the game to Chelsea and esp Barca away as their defence isn't too great. But then Ronaldo missed penalty.

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    Off to Moscow for the CL final !!!


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    i think alot of man u fans nearly die of hard attack..

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    we're going to MOSCOW!!

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    Was too tired to watch the game.

    But woke up with the good news

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    Barcelona was the better team, but Man Utd scored and win the game... that's football
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    NOW TO WAIT AND SEE LOSERPOOL BUANG!!!!!!!!!!!

    BUANG LOSERPOOL!!!!!!!! BUANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Deco: United Are Scared

    Barcelona midfielder Deco claims that his side hold the psychological advantage going into tomorrow night's pivotal clash between two of Europe's most storied clubs.


    Now confirm "chwee tat lan"

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    Testimonial tribute for Ole
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    Will show on cable or not huh?

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    Deco: United Are Scared

    Barcelona midfielder Deco claims that his side hold the psychological advantage going into tomorrow night's pivotal clash between two of Europe's most storied clubs.


    Now confirm "chwee tat lan"
    Really ah? Then how come Deco laid a pass to our dear old bird to score the winner?

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    Moscow dream is indeed ON!!!

    ......now to go on and win the double whammy that we so deserving......EPL & CL!



    cheers

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    Bro Big Kahuna, we still need our old man to see us through to Moscow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroTech View Post
    NOW TO WAIT AND SEE LOSERPOOL BUANG!!!!!!!!!!!

    BUANG LOSERPOOL!!!!!!!! BUANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Think tonite they will be like barca, left their scoring boots at home!Maybe Riise will present them wif another of his charity work!
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    Deco: United Are Scared

    Barcelona midfielder Deco claims that his side hold the psychological advantage going into tomorrow night's pivotal clash between two of Europe's most storied clubs.


    Now confirm "chwee tat lan"
    Ya ... we are too scared he keep passing the balls to us n pple will start to say that Deco gt paid by us!

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    Boss: Fans forced us to play

    Sir Alex Ferguson saluted the United faithful for roaring the Reds to Moscow.

    United's 12th consecutive home win in the Champions League was aided by the so-called 12th man - the Old Trafford crowd.

    The scarve-wearing, flag-waving fans were vociferous from the first whistle to the last - give or take some tense moments when Barca threatened to score the feared away goal.

    "The fans were absolutely brilliant," said Sir Alex on MUTV. "When our crowd gets like that, we never let them down. They make such an impact, they force us to play."

    The United players responded with some tremendous performances, and one in particular caught the manager's eye.

    "That was a great performance, we had so many good players, it’s a shame to pick out just one. Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand… you could go right across the back four. But Tevez to me was absolutely fantastic. Tevez at times was an absolute terrier."

    Arguably the only thing Tevez's performance lacked was a goal. The same has been said of Paul Scholes several times this season but he picked the perfect moment to end a barren spell dating back to last August.

    "He scored in the second game of the season at Portsmouth and then today he’s come up with another one!" remarked Sir Alex.

    "We’ve seen so many great goals from Paul in the past but tonight, considering the occasion and the importance of the game, he scored an absolutely magnificent goal."

    The comfort of a second goal never came, so it was an anxious evening all round for fans, players and even the most seasoned of club staff.

    "I just hope my pacemaker’s working! If not, I’m in trouble!" quipped the boss.

    "It was excruciating, that’s what it was. The pain and the agony - I always feel that to get success, the players have to endure that. All the hard work, all the pain and torment you go through in football is rewarded by a result like tonight’s."

    Sir Alex's delight at the result was heightened by the calibre of United's opponents.

    “Our home form in Europe has been absolutely outstanding and it needed to be tonight because I have to pay great credit to Barcelona, a club with great philosophy," he added.

    "Their sportsmanship at the end of the game showed what a great club they are.

    "I just feel tonight we have beaten a fantastic football club and a great team and that puts our performance in perspective. I think it was marvellous."

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    Report: United 1 Barca 0

    Before the game the message was to believe. Now you can. United are going to Moscow.

    And what sweet irony it is that Paul Scholes, the man who along with Roy Keane missed the Champions League final in 1999, scored the goal to take United there. What a goal it was - a 25-yard scorcher fit to win any match.

    This was not a match for the feint-hearted. The excitement and anticipation before it, the jubilant celebrations after Scholes' 14th-minute strike, and the fretting and nail-biting that accompanied the tense final few moments (six minutes of injury-time included). But it was also an excellent semi-final tie, full of attacking endeavour, and no shortage of drama.

    The Reds were dealt a real blow before the game when Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney were ruled out. Vidic hadn’t recovered after losing a tooth in a challenge with Didier Drogba against Chelsea on Saturday, while a persistent hip problem denied Rooney his part.

    Barcelona, meanwhile, are considered a club in crisis in Catalonia. However, Barca boss Frank Rijkaard was able to rest several key players in their weekend defeat to Deportivo la Coruna, so they arrived at Old Trafford fresh and with the Champions League representing their only chance of silverware this season.

    Before kick-off, United’s fans held up cards in the Stretford End and the old schoreboard end. Behind one goal, a picture of the European Cup and the years 68 and 99, at the other end the simple message: Believe.

    Old Trafford buzzed with anticipation and the atmosphere was as electric as it has been in recent memory. But hearts were in mouths when, after barely a minute, Lionel Messi went tumbling in the box. Scholes committed the foul, but referee Herbert Fandel judged the offence to have taken place outside the penalty area.

    Semi-finals can be occasions that demand supporters are on their game as much as players, and the scarf-swinging Red Army didn't let anyone down. The fans cheered each passing move, every tackle won, even throw-ins as if it were a winning goal. With such an occasion, it was no surprise that the first 10 minutes were fraught and frenetic. But as the dust settled, Barcelona did as the European away manual would dictate: they attempted to keep the ball, silence the support and frustrate United’s players.

    The Reds almost expected it, and crucially stuck to the plan of picking Barcelona off when they did venture forward. At the first opportunity Cristiano Ronaldo had to open up and run at Barcelona, the approach paid off. His run was halted on the edge of the area, but the ball fell to Paul Scholes and he hit a humdinger of a shot on the bounce right into the top corner. He may no longer give many reasons to legitimately air the song ‘Paul Scholes, he scores goals’, but if he has become more selective with age, he certainly hasn't lost his sense for the occasion. Old Trafford erupted in celebration. The dream start.

    Barcelona, needing just a draw to go through, still represented a danger. Messi’s darting runs, the presence of Samuel Eto’o, and the intricate passing of Andres Iniesta, Deco and Xavi made sure of that. The point was highlighted when Messi had Edwin van der Sar at full stretch to stop a curling effort five minutes after United took the lead.

    The Reds, seeking to use Ronaldo as an outlet on the break, were subsequently sure not to sit on the lead. After 25 minutes, the Portuguese winger’s pull-back found Ji-sung Park on the edge of the box, and his side-footed shot was desperately close to doubling the lead. At the other end, Deco twice went close from long-range, while Nani headed agonisingly wide from Park’s pinpoint cross. The tie ebbed and flowed in a first-half that highlighted two clubs built to attack.

    United had to be careful that the 1-0 lead did not lead to a false sense of security. And so in the second half the Reds began to attack without reservation. On 55 minutes Tevez went close to making it 2-0. A neat one-two with Ronaldo on the edge of the box and he was inside the area with three defenders in pursuit, but his shot from 12 yards was saved well by Victor Valdes.

    Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry was introduced on the hour as Barcelona looked to penetrate, and seconds later Deco again went close with a 30-yard free-kick that deflected off the wall. The tension at the precariousness of United’s lead may have added to the drama for any neutral, but for Reds fans it was very nearly unbearable. Still, to the credit of the supporters, the noise levels rarely dropped.

    Sensing the need for United to keep the ball – Barcelona retained possession and pressure for large periods – Sir Alex swapped Nani and Scholes for Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher.

    Entering the final ten minutes, it had become a game of surprisingly few chances, although Barcelona were virtually camped in United’s half and continued to relentlessly probe and press. The Reds’ performance was epitomised by Tevez. Tirelessly, he took on the role of closing down defenders, tracking back and tackling anything that moved in a Barcelona shirt. But there were also towering displays from Ferdinand and Brown, who limited Barca to precious few opportunities.

    The six minutes of injury time, which followed a delay after Patrice Evra suffered a head wound, seemed like an age. But United defended bravely, valiantly, and finally held out.

    The Reds have had more than a fair share of semi-final disappointments under Sir Alex. But this wasn't to be one of them, as the fans emptied the stadium singing: "Follow, follow, follow... United are going to Moscow."

    Team Line-ups

    Manchester United: Van der Sar; Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Brown, Evra (Silvestre 90); Nani (Giggs 76), Carrick, Scholes (Fletcher 76), Park; Ronaldo, Tevez.
    Subs not used: Kuszczak, Anderson, O'Shea, Welbeck.

    FC Barcelona: Valdes; Zambrotta, Puyol, Milito, Abidal; Messi, Xavi, Toure (Gudjohnsen), Deco, Iniesta (Henry 60); Eto'o (Bojan 71).
    Subs not used: Pinto, Edmilson, Silvinho, Thuram.

    Attendance: 75,061
    Wow... we play without our top defender n striker!

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    Wooooooo...still cannot believe it man! hahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    we should post this in the liverpool thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    we should post this in the liverpool thread
    Posted!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Bro Big Kahuna, we still need our old man to see us through to Moscow!
    Scholes is more like it...Giggs still cannot make it

    We were a little lucky and unlucky for this morning match.....Lucky because Barca had about 58% possessions and yet cannot convert anything where else Scholes hit the bull eyes in just one shot...this kind of shot can go anyway but it hit the top of the corner, so very good shot indeed

    We were unlucky because if Ronaldo scored last week, then the game would have over by the time Scholes scored....as for this morning game...there were many chances MU can put the game beyond Barca like Nani header and Park and Tevez scrambler in front of Barca goal but none went in....so got to endure the nail biting moment all the way to 95 minutes...damn it.

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