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Man Utd 5-1 Nantes

Nantes came to Old Trafford believing they deserved to beat us in France. However, my memory of events seemed to suggest we had spent 90 minutes tearing them apart and were unlucky not win. So both sides entered this match with a point to proove, fortunately the French to feel hard done by yet again.

Due to traffic we arrived at the ground later than planned, but just made it in for kick off. Nantes started brightly and in typical fashion our sloppy defence gave them an early lead. This lead only lasted for a few minutes though, thanks to a spectacular Beckham free kick that smashed into the net. From that momengt United took control of the game and before too long were 3-1 up due to headers from Silvestre and Ole. Nantes were not out of the game and smashed a shot against the inside of the post before half time, which would have put the pressure on United had it gone in.

In the second half the reds took total control. A penalty from Ruud and another Ole header put the shine on a good victory, with some strong individual performances. Blanc was steady yet again at the back, and Keane as usual worked his socks off. But most notably was the improved performance of Veron who stroked the ball about beautifully ,spreading the play and controlling the pace of the match. Becks must get praise for scoring his free kick and assisting a couple more. Ruud also deserves credit as he worked hard all night and was more than worth his goal.

Whilst United cruised to victory Liverpool were held to a draw in Turkey. We top our table whilst they prop up the bottom of theirs. Form is temporary, class is permenant. Champions!!

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