Match Rewind: April Champions League classics


United took an early lead through an unlikely source, Gabriel Heinze, who bundled home from a corner at the Scoreboard End. But by half-time, the match’s narrative had been bent firmly in the visiting side’s favour, with two goals from the aforementioned Kaka, who looked determined to deliver one of the stadium’s all-time classic individual performances by an opposition player. But another rising star would have the last laugh. With the Rossoneri looking typically obdurate in defence, a sublime improvisational pass from Paul Scholes and a calm Wayne Rooney finish made it 2-2. And just as the Milanese appeared to have earned an impressive high-scoring away draw to take back to the San Siro, Rooney struck again in the dying moments, whipping Ryan Giggs’s set-up cleverly past Brazilian goalkeeper Dida. It sent Old Trafford into raptures, and gave United the edge heading into the second leg.

ROMA 0 UNITED 2 (2007/08)


The Reds had been beaten in the Stadio Olimpico a year earlier, with Paul Scholes sent off on a difficult night that was marred by trouble in the stands. But a year later, they got it incontestably spot-on in the first leg of this quarter-final. Disciplined at the back, creative in midfield, and deadly up front, the Giallorossi were no match for us. 


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