United 2 – Porto 2
Posted by hakanrylander on April 8, 2009
The sad fact of this game is that United were lucky to get away with a draw. We had most of the possession but Porto always looked more dangerous and showed lots of energy and movement, neither of which featured prominently in United’s performance. A number of “experts”, myself included, must now realize that it wasn’t perhaps such a blessing to be drawn against the Portugese champions.
Only Rooney emerged with some credit, but this was one of those occasions when I felt that he might be more useful to the team in a slightly more withdrawn position.
It is, of course, still possible to turn this tie around in Portugal next week, but I’m not very optimistic. United looked very tired and Porto will be filled with confidence. But hopefully Ferdinand and Berbatov will be back and a difficult game in his home country will be a good opportunity for Ronaldo to provide some magic.