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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credit, but this was one of those occasions when I felt that he might be more useful to the team in a slightly more withdrawn position.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.

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7 Responses to “United 2 – Porto 2”

  1. Maybe you jinxed it with your “Stuff that dereams are made of” post of was it Gaffers comment…

  2. hakanrylander said

    In hindsight I’m not very happy with the “Such stuff…” post. It was obviously written without any in-depth knowledge of the Portugese champions. They looked a very good side last night.
    It could get worse, though. As you might remember I wrote a post on February 22 (“The fat lady sings at Anfield”) claiming that Liverpool had already handed us the PL-title. I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me.
    https://hakanrylander.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/the-fat-lady-sings-at-anfield/

  3. The Gaffer said

    Maybe I was to confident about the game. Porto were the better team and they exploited United’s fragile defending.

  4. Erik said

    Well, lets hope for a victory in Portugal! I count on Alex (Yes, we are on first name basis).

    Cheers,
    /Japanese Reader.

  5. hakanrylander said

    Cheers, Erik! Was it possible to catch a glimpse of Macheda’s wonder strike in Tokyo? Goal of the Season, by a mile!

  6. Erik said

    On youtube, not live im afraid. The Man U coverage on tv is a bit scarce over here.

  7. wdkf said

    lol, i believe in jinx too. i hate it when i read fans blogged over-confidently (and they are too many of them), somehow whenever i read over-confident posts in my mind it will disrupt man utd’s next game. i think its called OCD.

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