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United 4 AC Milan 0

3-2 in the San Siro was enjoyable, but this was immense. United tore Milan to shreds in a cauldron of anti-Glazer protests, and sent two powerful messages to the rest of football; without Ronaldo we can still be successful and sell up Glazers, you are not wanted.

We arrived at Old Trafford fairly early and the excitement was in the air. These big European nights after a day at work always catch the imagination and make for a great atmosphere. The stadium was a sea of green and gold before kick off, with supporters smuggling in as many banners and flags in our new colours as possible. Even many of the Milan fans wore green and gold as a gesture which was amazing, although I am not sure I’d wan Berlusconi owning my club either!

On the pitch United bizarrely stuck with Park as the main in the middle playing just off Rooney. But in Fergie we trust, as teh Korean was fantastic and even got his name on the score sheet. Just like the first leg, Milan looked a class act and Ronaldinho stood out a mile, but as the game went on they lost their legs, spirit and fight. Never have I seen an AC Milan side fall so limply away in a huge European tie, but credit to United for continuing to take the game to them and winning the pairing through sheer out and out attack. Rooney was of course superb but credit must go to the defence- especially Rio- who cleaned up everything in the box and looked back to his best after a wobbly game at Wolves. Fletcher was his usual energetic self and worked his socks off, while Nani’s ball for the second and decisive goal was top class.

As the game went on word spread around that the Glazer brothers Avi and Joel were in the directors box. It sparked a mass protest never seen before at Old Trafford, with green and gold scarves galore, banners in every block, and chanting at full volume. Apparently the Glazers looked at each other and smiled- a disgusting and arrogant response that will only serve to infuriate people more. They say they do not have to sell, but without our money they will be bankrupt, so it is very much in our hands. For now a softly softly approach will do, but as the bid comes together we will all need to step up our efforts from a peaceful green and gold protests to a financial one.

In the South Stand two small-ish ‘Love United Hate Glazer’ banners were unfurled and stewards ran down the stairs to try and confiscate them. Other supporters formed a human shield to stop them getting through and the stewards tried to fight their way past, unsuccessfully. Chaos ensued but the banners remained up at all times, right in the faces of the directors box. It might be one thing to watch some green and gold scarves on TV from a beach in Florida, but last night they would have felt that hatred and passion first hand and we can only welcome that. I doubt they will be back in a hurry- not that they would be anyway after their feeble five games in five seasons.

A special mention must go to David Beckham. A United legend in every sense who has continued to show his love for the club and fans in the last seven years since his departure. The roar when he came on  as a sub was incredible, and  his performance will all but guarantee him a place in the World Cup squad. His ability is still first class and I almost wanted his stunning volley to hit the back of the net. His tears were genuine, and he knew exactly what he was doing when he wrote every headline this morning by putting a green and gold scarf around his neck. Class.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be a little dismayed this morning no doubt. His galacticos are out, and United still have every chance of playing in the final on his new home patch.  

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