United 1 - 1 Bayern Munich
Jones Rio Vidic Buttner
Valencia Giggs Welbeck
Let's all be honest, we expected to be out of the tie after today's game but hey, we're still in it! A brilliant header by Vidic put us in front but we gave away the lead after a lapse of concentration some 8 minutes later. The goal we conceded could have easily been avoided had Fellaini tracked back and marked Schweinsteiger. Anyway, it's useless crying over spilt milk. We should just be happy that our players played with the same spirit and passion that most United players had shown in the past. Well done boys!
Every player played his part, Rio and Vida rolled back the years and were immense at central defence. Jones made some important interventions. Buttner handled the Robben threat much much much much better than I expected. In fact, after that performance, I think he deserves to start the second leg as well. It's obviously highly unlikely that'll happen but anyway, I'd even play an under 18 player as long as I don't see Evra in the starting line-up. He looked disinterested this year. Fellaini was a bit of a mixed bag. His distribution was abysmal but he got stuck in and that's the main reason why we bought the guy. Still, he's got plenty of room for improvement before we can say he's a United player. Roo defended, threw himself into tackles and tried to set up team-mates... usual day at the office for him. Welbeck worked his socks off, as usual, but he did waste the best chance of the game. If only he placed in goal instead of going for the chip...
Anyhow, considering the opposition, that was definitely our best performance this season. We've played against the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool this season but never rose for the occasion. Today our players raised their game, avoided a potential humiliation vs Bayern and kept themselves in the tie. If our players can play like that, why didn't we play with the same drive in the EPL this year? We would surely be in a better position!
Most criticism this seasons has been directed at David Moyes and if you criticized Moyes after defeats, now you should have the decency of admitting that Moyes was tactically perfect today. He managed to hold the best football club in the world with a makeshift defence and a couple of important players missing. Well done Moyes, well done United!
P.s Old Trafford was absolutely buzzing tonight so a big well done also goes to the supporters. We make Man Utd the biggest club in the world. No room for petty protests against Moyes, we need to stand by our players and manager and believe that we can go places in the not too distant future. Whatever happens in Munich, today's game was a real confidence booster. Come on United!