Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Charity Match: Manchester United vs European XI

I attended the match yesterday at Old trafford. I was really shocked to see so many asians (Indians, Pakistanis etc), as usually on a match day there are not many. We were sitting pretty close to the half way line in the North Stand, so we had a decent view. The atmosphere was probably lacking, as there were not many hardcore United fans present.

The game itself was very good in the first half, as Rooney and Ronaldo ran riot against a very ordianary looking european select side. I was dissapointed in the side put out by the euorpean XI.
Some of United's attacking play was simply breathtaking with Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs, and Scholes tormenting their counterparts with apparent ease. At the break United were 4 -1 up thanks to goals from Rooney(2), Brown, and a pearl of a free kick from Ronaldo. Malouda provided a response for the opposition, and Ibrahamovic missed a penalty.

Bobby Charlton and David Beckham were interviewed on the pitch at half time, and as you can imagine the fans went crazy when Beckham arrived.

Both teams made wholesale changes at half time. Infact Scholes, Brown,Hienze, and Richardson were the only United players to play the full game. United welcomed Andy Cole back for the second half. United were subdued in the second half, and rarely threatened the oppositions goal. There was a large premiership contingent in the European team in the second half, including the likes of Gerrard, Diouf, Fowler, Carragher, Zenden, Stelios, and a couple of others. Diouf scored two goals, one of which was an audacious penalty. The game was petering out, and the fans started a mexican wave, which must have completed at least 5 laps.

All in all it was a great evening, and we even got to boo those Scousers.....


Sony said...

Sounds good, have you got any photos?

Mr. Singh said...

Well although we did have a camera, the pics we took were not that great.