It was here now it's gone and all that's left is stories to tell and memories to share. On the whole, a great way to end the football season. Both teams gave a lot, more especially the 'Devils' for discerning football viewers would agree that they played an unusual pattern. Probably usual for 'Mourinho-led' teams, but for the 'Devils?', no!
As said earlier in the previous article 'a chance at vengeance?' and i quote, 'Man. Utd dosen't have the stereo-type players that can aggravate Barca to stop their daunting passing game but their fast counter-attacks could just make up for it'.
It sure did and earned Man. Utd their equaliser in the first half (an offside which the line official didn't catch[i believe because it happened so fast, that's Man. Utd!). A Fergie squad playing a Mourinho pattern without the usual 'Mourinho-type' players was deficient in my opinion and my kudos goes to Sir Alex for still putting up a fair fight.
Albeit, the encounter was mostly a one-sided affair, but was altogether an exciting clash with a lot of laughs, intrigues, highs, suprises and most certainly the lows. Thumbs up to the Camera crew..they did a fab job. Now, lets try to recapture some 'epic' moments of the match.
Sir Alex: showed he still had his 'grey hairs' in place with the formation he adopted and in the manner his wards took over the game in the opening minutes of the game..funny though the camera picking him coming back from 'peeing' (i think) after Pedro's goal..also thought maybe his seat was getting too hot..his jubilation of Rooney's equaliser also left much to be answered, made people say all was not well with the Ol' man..he just paused midway like.. 'why/what am i celebrating?'..
Ol' man Alex has a peculiar trait most people know..he's a winner and hates losing but somehow his stance in the second-half showed he knows when it's all over..he just sat there as if wishing he were somewhere else..and then..just then his hands rebelled..(almost felt like he was cruising on a Scooter-bike!)wonder if he was aware of that..we'll have to ask him then, don't you think?
But Baba's still a good sportsman despite the sorry loss he still held his head high and managed a fixated smile at the end of the overwhelming ordeal!
Pep G: This dude just loves standing or what? He had a worrisome first 15mins when it seemed his boys were out of touch..also had a look like 'i warned them to expect that.' when Rooney's goal came. Though, second-half after 2 more classic goals he must have been preparing for his next cup after the Champions League!
Van Der Sar: Was one of the worst hit by the Barca rampage. Lost his composure in the second half. Still can't ascertain if he was trying out an Indian snake dance when he should have been stopping Pedro's goal..was really twisted in an alarming position..but then i think his defenders sold him out a lot during the tie..didn't give enough cover and mostly just impaired his vision..definitely thought he looked re-tired at the end..very!
Valdes: someone said he was facebooking and tweeting for most of the game..he looked confident throughout..even Rooney's goal didn't dent him.
Giggs: Must have rued retiring with a game like this..somehow became so fast that the cameras couldn't pick him during the game..saw him once 'Halleluya-ing' the referee..frustration? didn't let his medal stay a minute on him..wonder why it offended him so much..
Xavi: Managed his share of the camera a bit moderately than 'El Messiah' but was inordinate in his use of damaging passes.
J.S. Park: Did more than his fair share of the work..but who says even good engines don't breakdown? Park had to park his 'Zhengzhou Nissan/Lifan' engine somewhere sometime after Villa's death knell..but he did well altogether.
Iniesta: Only saw him a few times but that didn't mean he wasn't there at all times!..looked likely to have had a goal he never did have..wonder how the cameras managed to capture him..
Valencia: Had an expression more fitting for a Mafia boss than a football player most of the encounter..did his job well..if not more than but it still didn't change the goal tally..Ol' man Fergie should have made more copies of him..
Pique: Didn't appear to have had much to do..stayed clean throughout which is uncommon..asides football i think he might have made it as a blood donor..his near own-goal was his most obvious scare..
Ferdinand: Was taking another competition with Evra more seriously..that of showing their jersey numbers!
Mascherano: Still think he's a square peg in Barca's perfect circle..had some mishaps probably because he was playing deeper than usual..and most suprisingly he kept a clean card-slate! But, he did well generally.
Fabio: Must have wished he were 8 years older for the match..almost imagined him in diapers while he was on the line-up..did very well..was sorry he lost his leg/nerve towards the end though..
Sergio: must have been wishing more finals were that easy..
Carrick: Think he was practising a new trick 'The Vanishing Act'. Ol' man Fergie certainly didn't like it and decided to let him 'vanish' for the rest of the game!
Pedro: lost so many 'could-have-been' classical goals but got his name registered anyway..
Vidic: remained unbreakable throughout..appeared to have been playing 'freeze' with Ferdinand just as Messi's goal-bound shot went by..thumbs up to the brave captain..he didn't desert his ship even when it sunk!
To be contd.