On the turf of their very own National Stadium the winners of the so called best league in the world were absolutely thrashed by the internationally accepted best team in the world.
To give some credit to Man U they harrassed Barca for about ten minutes without causing any serious problems, before the brilliant Catalans showed us all how the beautiful game should be played. Xavi’s great pass let in Pedro for the opener but shortly after that the verbose Clive Tyldesley went into raptures of his usual verbal diarrhoea about a Rooney wonder goal. To be fair again, the goal was well taken but should have been ruled out because Ryan Giggs, the big brother fan, was in an offside position when he supplied the lay off. Later uncle Clive had to concede that the officials had been kind to United.
After the break further goals from Lionel Messi and David Villa (arguably the best of the three) completed United’s misery and they can consider themselves lucky that they didn’t lose by five or six nil, such was the gap in class.
The United players were understandibly gutted because no matter the level at which you play losing in a cup final is very hard to take at the time, and even for a while afterwards. Believe me, I have been there even if it was only at under 18 level.
The honest United fans freely admitted that their team had simply been outclassed. Others insisted that there will always be next season, no doubt carefully blocking out of their minds the nighmarish thought that Barcelona will still be there.