United 4 - 1 Schalke

Rafael(Evra) Smalling Evans O'Shea
Valencia Scholes(Fletcher) Gibson Anderson Nani

The starting line up may have raised a few eyebrows but it was obvious that Fergie was going to prioritise Sunday's crunch game vs Chelsea. I was, as usual, a tad worried when I saw Evans's name in the starting line up but I guess he did well tonight. Valencia and Gibson scored the first half goals and then Anderson doubled his Man Utd career goal tally with two fine strikes.

Good Performance By Gibbo
I'm not sure whether Champions League semi finals should be this easy but I'm pleased I was able to enjoy a semi final in which United were involved. The back four did well today. Smalling is increasingly showing signs that he could become one of the best defenders in England(albeit he could have done better before Schalke scored their goal). Evans wasn't his usual calamitous self and the full-backs did well as well. Gibson proved to his Twitter bullies that he's able of performing on the big stage. He was immense during the first half. Rio twitted(or is it twittered?) "If Iniesta had passed that ball people would be salivating! Great ball gibson for the goal." Indeed he couldn't have worded it better! I'm happy for our Irishman. Well done Gibbo!

On the flanks Valencia had another good game while Nani was his usual self, showing good skills and making bad decisions. I watched today's game at home with my friend Derek. He said that Anderson has a weak strike and laughed at his goal tally...fast forward 10 minutes later and Mr. Anderson had scored a brace! C'mon Derek laugh at Vidic's, Rio's, Carrick's & Evra's goal scoring abilities...maybe they'll score a brace vs Chelsea! Anyway, well done Ando!

Jaw-Dropping Stuff - Anderson Scored TWO!
Today, with a relatively weak team, we've beaten a side which destroyed Inter. Most of today's players won't play on Sunday but I guess there are two or three players who deserve a place in Sunday's starting line-up. VDS is a dead cert and I guess Valencia, Anderson and Nani should feature at a stage or another. 

We'll be facing Barca at Wembley on the 28th May. We both won our first Champions League under the shades of the twin towers. I wonder who'll emerge victorious under the new Wembley arch. Meanwhile the title decider vs Chelsea is looming large... COME ON UNITED!

P.S.  We are now the second highest scorers in the CL's history with 303 goals.


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