A lucky escape!!! I never thought FC Basel would have given United such a hard time, and certainly not at Old Trafford, but the Swiss team was just too hot for United’s defense to handle, and despite leading 2-0 at half time, the Red Devils were overtaken and led 2-3 till the 90th minute, and it needed a lucky, yet precious goal by Young to save the blushes and maintain an unbeaten home run. But the question, which was looming from that shaky second half against Chelsea, followed by the draw at Stoke, and now the draw against Basel, is, for how long will the Red Devils continue to get lucky, with important games against Liverpool and Man City waiting in the wings? I believe we will need some special intervention from the Devil himself to continue the great escape 😈
Basel got in the game as from kick off, and did not look that much troubled until the 16th minute, when Giggs found Welbeck with a precise pass, and the latter’s shot went in off the keeper’s left post for the opener. A minute later, Welbeck was again on the scoresheet, yet again picked out by Giggs with a neat through ball. It seemed that United were going to cruise, but Basel started giving warnings, as they wasted a couple of great chances to score after going in rather easily through the back four, while Unitedtried to defend deep. They managed to see off the 2-0 scoreline till half time, but with the defense clearly rocked by the impressive movements of the Basel players.
The second half started in almost similar fashion as the first one ended, and De Gea was only delaying the impending sentence as he saved with his foot from a goal-bound Streller effort. But what had to happen eventually happened, as Fabian Frei took a beautiful volley past De Gea, which went in off the right post on the 58th minute. United from there on looked completely disoriented, and two minutes later, Fabian Frei turned into passer as Alexander Frei headed home the equalizer following his cross, beating De Gea rather easily. And defeat looked a certainty when Valencia committed a foul in the box, resulting in a penalty, which Alexander Frei took calmly and wrong-footing De Gea. United had to come out then to try rescue a point at least and save the honour being on home soil, and eventually, Young got the equalizer for United following Nani’s cross, and gave some hope for grabbing a winner in added time, but Berbatov got his shot all wrong, while there were players waiting for a tap-in in the box. 3-3 the match ended, United now lies 3rd in the group, with 2 points, as Basel and Benfica are on 4 points each, and Sir Alex must be thinking what went wrong yet again today, following the draw against Stoke, but this time is was a close shave as had Young not scored that last minute goal, it would have been defeat for the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Another bad news is that Fabio limped out in the second half, which looked like he injured his right ankle, and could deplete the defense some more, with Rafael, Smalling, Vidic and Evans all out injured.