Manchester United pulled off an historic win in Italy last night, beating AC Milan 3 – 2 in the first leg of their Champions League knock out tie.
United had lost their four previous away encounters to the Italian giants and indeed, had never scored against them at the San Siro. Here’s how the match unfolded.
AC Milan 1 -0 Manchester United
The game is only 3 minutes old when former United star David Beckham swings in a free kick from the right flank. Patrice Evra attempts an ambitious overhead clearance, but the ball falls to Ronaldinho who, wearing the Tiempo III’s rather than his signature line boots, shoots for goal. The ball deflects off Michael Carrick as van der Sar is beaten.
AC Milan 1 – 1 Manchester United
The Italian’s continue to dominate as United struggle to find any rhythm. The visitor’s continue to give the ball away cheaply and Milan are guilty of missing a number of decent chances. And on 36 minutes they are made to pay. Darren Fletcher hits in a low cross, Paul Scholes, wearing the Total 90 Laser II’s, swings and misses but the ball hits his standing leg and dribbles in to the far corner. Surely a keeper more talented than Dida, and let’s face it, there are hundreds of them, would have done better.
AC Milan 1 – 2 Manchester United
Milan again started the better in the second period but couldn’t add to their goal tally and with Wayne Rooney and his Total 90 Laser III’s beginning to increasingly trouble the home defence, United began to click. On 66 minutes another cross did for the home team as Rooney rose superbly to head home substitute Antonio Valencia’s centre to give the visitors the lead.
AC Milan 1 – 3 Manchester United
8 minutes later, and with David Beckham now off the pitch having been replaced, United had a two goal cushion. Again Fletcher was the provider and again, Rooney was on hand to head past Dida.
AC Milan 2 -3 Manchester United
Milan are looking tired but they still manage to conjure up a late goal which will give the tie added spice for the second leg at Old Trafford. With 5 minutes remaining, Ronaldinho was given too much room on the left and his pass, after 4 goals from Nike players, was flicked home by Clarence Seedorf wearing the adidas adiPure III’s. United hold on despite going down to 10 men when Carrick is dismissed for a second yellow card.
The second leg of the tie takes place in Manchester on 10th March.