Man Utd defeat Barcelona to reach Champions League Final

What a night for United and especially for Paul Scholes. Scoring only his 2nd goal of the campaign but what a goal it has turned out to be. I might have criticized Paul Scholes for the awkward challenge on Messi at the edge of the box in the first minute. Luckily, the referee judged it correctly and didn’t give a penalty. He made up for this with a devastating curling shot from 25 yards thanks to a little bit of help from Zambrotta. United were without Vidic and Rooney but they settled well in the opening minutes. We could have been 2-0 up had Park been a bit more clinical with the strike. Barcelona enjoyed superior possession and there danger man was Messi. Everytime he had the ball, i was nervous. Even though Barcelona had a lot of possession, they were reduced to shots from outside the area with the only danger being of Messi who had a decent shot saved by Van Der Sar. Nani was guilty of missing a great chance when he headed wide from 8 yards after a great cross by Park.

Even after the break, Barcelona was enjoying a lot of possession but they didn’t create any clear opportunities. The center back pairing of Ferdinand and Brown was just superb. They were very good in restricting Barcelona’s attack. United had another great chance but Valdes saved well from a Tevez strike. Henry was introduced at the hour mark but still Barcelona found it difficult to break the defense of United which was just superb. Henry almost scored from a point blank header but his shot was saved by Van Der Sar. Barcelona attacked in the final few minutes but United held on for a famous victory.

The credit for this victory must go to the solid defense. All the players worked very hard. They were good in attacking as well as defending. Preventing Barcelona from scoring in the two legs is a fantastic job. I would have been happy if we could have scored more considering the chances but i will take it. Paul Scholes who missed a previous final through suspension has a good chance of making up for that loss. Now i United can win the league too. What a season it can become.

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