Manchester United’s 5-0 demolition job of Bayer Leverkusen was exhilarating and unexpected. After dropping points to Cardiff City last weekend and Leverkusen’s home record in the BayArena, United’s chances of a crucial win looked improbable. Moyes’ United took advantage of Bayer’s naive approach as they secured qualification into the knockout stages.
The biggest and most important Manchester derby of recent times brought with it disappointment and begrudging acceptance that the opposition deserved the win and were the better side for Manchester United fans. For some disappointment led to anger and frustration even. For others there was shock. We have never known it like this before. We have seen United claw back deficits to win titles before but we have never seen United claw back a deficit, establish a healthy lead with only a handful of games left to go and then relinquish the lead. Never ever! The closest compared to what we are experiencing now is having our own lead clawed back but that was when United were leading the title race; 1991-92,1994-95,1997-98. Read the full story