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Keeping Up With The (Phil) Jones

By Liam “Wrestlemania” Brown

Did Fergie get it right at Benfica?  Well, on the surface, a 1-1 draw in a rather hostile Estadio da Luz doesn’t look like too bad a result.  The obvious highlights being Giggs’ landmark 27th Champions League goal, Lindegaard’s encouraging performance and SAF verbally tea bagging Kelly Cates. For me, there was another performance that appeared to slip under the radar, two words, Chris Smalling, a player who just gets better and better.

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How United did at Estadio da Luz

Estadio da Luz, the scene of United’s first European assignment of 2011-12. Will it culminate with another appearance in the final in Munich? Time will tell and only God knows.  What we do know is that Benfica’s home provided us, Manchester United fans, with one of our worst European experiences in recent years. Their 2-1 win in the 2005-06 season eliminated United completely from European competition. Perhaps that worked as a wake-up call and a springboard for subsequent achievement in 2007-08 and appearances in the finals of 2008-09 and 2010-11. Personally, I remember very vividly watching the game from a hospital bed in 2005; watching Scholes give us the lead, only to be pegged back and deservedly losing in the end. Like a nightmare, that match has a permanent place in my mind whenever Benfica and Estadio da Luz are mentioned. Read the full story


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Ryan Giggs super goal

Giggs score again

Ryan Giggs will not just tear you apart again, he is still running down the wing! A wonderful strike into the top corner of the net from the Welsh legend gave United a good away draw against Benfica  in their first game of Uefa Champions League. United should be ready for Chelsea at the weekend after resting players like Young, Anderson and Rio Ferdinand. Read the full story


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