Sunday, December 21, 2008

Manchester United Champions of the World

Champions of England
Champions of Europe
And Now,
Champions of the World

This is the latest title added to the impressive cabinet room of Manchester United, making the English club the only one in the country to have this prestigious title.

Man United were directly qualified for the semi final of this tournament, hosted in Japan against Gamba Osaka, which they duly won 5-3. The scorers that day were Vidic, Ronaldo, Rooney twice and Fletcher.

The final itself was another story though against Quito, an Ecuadorean team, the current holders of Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the European Champions League.

The first half was dominated by United, with several chances to score, but either due to lack of precision on the part of the Mancunians or due to the exploits of Quito keeper, the British side could not break the deadlock.

The second half started rather badly for Man United as Vidic was correctly sent off for pushing his elbow onto the face of a Quito player. United was reduced to 10 man for nearly the whole of the second half. The South American outfit took an ascendancy in the game, and looked threatening sporadically. Their danger man was Manso who two two well taken shots superbly saved by Van Der Sar.

The game looked to be looming to penalties until around 15 minutes from the end, Ronaldo and Rooney combined to create and opportunity for the latter to scored with a placed shot. United held on, but Quito did not look menacing apart from when the ball was at the feet of Manso

Manso won bronze ball for this tournament, with Ronaldo getting silver ball, and Rooney getting the Most Valuable Player award. The scouser also won the Man of the Match award, with a brand new Toyota as prize.

Congrats to Manchester United...
Champions of England
Champions of Europe
Champions of the World