So finally the dreams of Manchester United to win 5 trophies this season has been reduced to 4, and they will have to battle hard to win the remaining 2, which are the champions league and the premier league.
Tonight a young Man Utd squad faced the blues from merseyside, Everton, for the second semi-finals of the weekend and the match ended 0-0 for the 90 minutes, as well as in extra-time, before Everton eventually won 4-2 on penaty shootout, with 2 fine saves from Howard to send them to face the blues from London, Chelsea.
Even if the match ended on a sour note for both the team and fans, the United youngsters have shown a positive approach to the game, with the likes of Rafael and Fabio (injured in the 2nd half) defending really well, Gibson and Anderson doing a rather good job in midfield, and Macheda and Welbeck combining quite well in front even if they did not score. However, Berbatov has failed to impress again, and even missed an easy penalty during the shootout, along with Ferdinand. Cahill for Everton missed his, but Foster was helpless on the other Evertonian shots. Howard, ex-united keeper, has shown his former team he is still a good keeper, and made 2 fine saves in the shootout from the above mentioned players.
Last night Arsenal and Chelsea fought out another hard match, with Chelsea eventually going to the finals. Walcott scored the opener for Arsenal, with Malouda equalising for Chelsea, before Drogba scored the winner in the last 5 minutes. This match was far more interesting than the one tonight, as both teams really did well and gave a brilliant performance. Arsenal missed some chances to wrap up the game, and Chelsea as well hit a post thru Anelka and had some trouble to cope with Arsenal’s pace throughout, but somehow managed a win.
So BLUE will be the color for the finals to be held on 30th of May at the same stadium which hosted the 2 semi-finals, Wembley, and may the best team win.
It seems however that United have been too confident of winning on penalties, as the last 2 finals which they played, CL finals won vs Chelsea in 2008, and Carling Cup finals won vs Tottenham in 2009, had been decided on penalties. But this time they were just not confident enough, and may be Foster did not get the videos of the Everton shooters on his I-Pod :P. Berbatov is proving to be a confirmed flop, even if he came only from the first half of extra time and played around 3omins, he missed a penalty, and was hardly the target man in the area during extra-time, may be time he’s sold back to Tottenham, where he’ll meet his mate Robbie Keane. Another disappointment is Tevez, just ran around needlessly, and did not play the striker role which was expected from him, may be will not be signed permanently in the end, and rightly so.