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Manchester United – European Classics

Posted: September 11, 2009 in Football

I’ve been busy with quite a bit of work over the past month. Still got lots on my plate till the end of September. Meanwhile, the football season has already started. The Iceman’s review of the season to date will be out in the first week of October.

Until then, I am sharing a few videos featured in the Man U official website as part of their Old Trafford European Classics feature. Happy Viewing!!

1) Champions League quarter final second leg (10 April 2007) : Man U vs. AS Roma 7-1

United had slipped to defeat in Rome but claimed a crucial away goal. With a semi-final place at stake, the Giallorossi travelled to OT hoping to defend their lead and extend the Reds five-year wait for a last four berth. Sir Alex’s men had other ideas…

“It was a fantastic performance, the scoring tells you that. You would have never expected anything like that; it’s got to be the best European performance in my time at United.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

“One of those magical nights when it seems every United touch turned to gold, when every move brought a goal, a remarkable hour and a half of relentless attacking. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Roma’s defence was destroyed in 90 minutes.” – Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph

2) Champions League Group Stage (1 October 1997) : Man U vs. Juventus 3-2

United come of age in perhaps the defining European game under Sir Alex, overcoming early setbacks to beat a team regarded as the finest in Europe…

“I am delighted at the result and the performance. We played some excellent football and deserved our victory. My players were ready for this, it was a challenge for them. This showed their capability. It was a measure of how far we’ve come.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

“What style, what passion, what a wonderful performance. There is still a long, long way to go but Manchester United last night earned the right to dream of the European glory they crave. In front of a rapturous Old Trafford they gained a victory to cherish, one forged out of adversity and steeped in character.” – Glenn Moore, The Independent

3) Champions League Group Stage (19 October 1994) : Man U vs. Barcelona 2-2

Old Trafford buzzed with anticipation at the return of a true European giant – and the first-ever Champions League game between these two sides didn’t disappoint…

“We gave away two bad goals and we can’t be happy with that, because we started the game tremendously well and created several chances. But I was pleased with the way we fought back. In the end we went for the throat and it paid off. And at one point after we’d equalised I thought we could have won the match.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

“The 2-2 draw with Barcelona was just about everything we had been told it would be and it ended with a goal of the very highest quality scored by an Englishman.” – Daily Mail

4) Champions League semi-final first leg (24 April 2007) : Man U vs. AC Milan 3-2

A late, late strike from Wayne Rooney gave United a memorable win in this semi-final first-leg. Let’s not mention the second…

“I told the players at half-time to persevere with their football and to keep playing with speed because that would be the difference. Once we got the equaliser there was only going to be one winner.” – Sir Alex

“That famous never-say-die attitude has got Manchester United a famous victory.” – Mark Lawrenson, BBC

5) Champions League semi final second leg (29 April 2008) : Man U vs. Barcelona 1-0

United have had a fair share of Champions League semi final disappointments; but 2008 was our year. And the fact Paul Scholes, who missed out in 1999’s final, settled this tie in such stunning fashion made it all the sweeter…

“The atmosphere was absolutely incredible, I have never seen or heard anything like it ever before. The fans were brilliant and gave us extra power.” – Ji-sung Park

“For Sir Alex Ferguson the wait is at long last over. A second Champions League final for the finest manager of a generation awaits.” – Daily Mail

Disclaimer: These videos are courtesy of the Man U Official Website. The Iceman does not claim any copyrights on them. Lets hope that the guys at Man U don’t take these videos down!!

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