An excellent performance from Manchester United saw Ferguson’s side knock out AC Milan 7-2 on aggregate and 4-0 on the evening. Whilst Milan failed to meet expectations over the course of the two legs, Manchester United showed their superiority from the start with Wayne Rooney’s 13th minute goal, which will be filed into his ever increasing headed goals collection this season.
Rooney then doubled that lead early in the second half along with the ever grafting Park Ji Sung deservedly on the score sheet. The final goal came from Darren Fletcher, a beautifully headed goal, which completed the demolition of AC Milan.
United’s players had undoubtedly performed excellently, however one cannot help but question Milan. Defensively they were anything but solid, their midfield was ineffective despite Ronaldinho’s bright start and their forwards didn’t fair much better, the once linked Huntelaar being particularly disappointing.
Despite Rooney’s two goals, one player who arguably exceeded him performance wise was none other than Park. Enthusiastically grafting as ever, however added a final touch to his game with the goal, a criticism of his in recent months that he’s been attempting to overcome and from the evidence of this performance is certainly doing so. Gary Neville and Paul Scholes both gave a performance similar to their peak times, with the former largely responsible for marking Ronaldinho.
Another huge talking point of the night was Beckham’s rather emotional return, but one in which he exceeded the performance of most of his colleagues with a series of excellent crosses when he came on during the second half.
A very positive night from a United perspective, and one hopes for a favourable quarter final draw.