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Man Utd 3-2 Deportivo La Coruna

For anyone who read my article on the away game, let me assure you this report will be far less exciting. Just to warn you I didnt meet any players or discover a new city this time around. But for those of you who did not read my article on the away leg it is worth a read, unless you have a jealous disposition that is.

With Liverpool out and a 2-0 advantage the evening had a good air about it, and I was sure we would progress through to the semis. The journey to the game was not as straight forward as planned, and involved a detour to Wales, but thats a whole other story. We did manage to get to the ground on time and the atmosphere was electric before the match even kicked off. All the usuals bellowed out, with a special mention of our friends down the East Lancs Road who are no longer in the competition.

I wont mention the Beckham injury, there is nothing to be said that has not already been, But Ole coming on was no problem and with his first touch we were winning. Typical of the man who took Sir Alex aside before kick off and told him he understood why he had been dropped, and would wait patiently for his chance. Old Trafford went mad and the semis beckoned.

Yet of course United cannot do things the easy way and before half time it was 1-1. A period of tension began that continued after half time, and although Depor had few chances there was a general fear around the ground that one slip would open the ties wide up again. Fortunately a moment of genius from Veron split open their defence and Ole was on target again to seal the tie. 2 sendings off and a Giggsy special later we were already discussing the trip to Leverkusen, and United were enjoying the game spreading the ball around with every pass being cheered.

It was a comfortable victory that sent shock waves through Europe. We outclassed Depor over two games and the score lines from both legs did not even reflect United’s domination.   Special mention must go to Veron; despite all the criticism he rose to the top of his game to assist all three goals and claim his place in the team while Keane and Becks are out. If anyone feels like paying for my trip to Germany it would be appreciated; when we keep winning it takes its toll on bank balances. Yet money will be the last thing on my mind if we make it to Glasgow. Follow, follow. follow…

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