Milan 2 Manchester United 3
AC Milan 2 Manchester United 3, San Siro Stadium, UEFA Champions League Last Sixteen First Leg, February 16, 2010. Following a 1-1 Premier League draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park six days earlier, Manchester United overcame Italian Serie A team AC Milan by 3-2 at San Siro Stadium courtesy of a brace from Wayne Rooney and a goal by Paul Scholes.
Wayne Rooney had a real go at Silvio Berlusconi´s Milan as the industrious forward produced two astonishing goals at the San Siro. Although Manchester United were reduced to ten players when defensive midfield workhorse Michael Carrick received his second yellow card for kicking the ball away shortly before the end, the visiting team battled it out to win the contest. Former Old Trafford favourite David Beckham gave The Red and Blacks a grand start as the midfield maestro helped the home side to score their first goal in the third minute of the fixture. French international defender Patrice Evra tried to clear Beck´s brilliantly taken free kick only to hook the ball to the unmarked Ronaldinho, whose fine volley was deflected off Carrick past a helpless Edwin van der Sar in the Manchester United goal. With the first half progressing, The Reds managed to score a valuable away goal six minutes past the half-hour mark when the ball went in off the left shin of Paul Scholes after he had missed his volley from a cross delivered by fellow midfield man Darren Fletcher. A few minutes later, however, Van der Sar was put to the test when the seasoned shot stopper made a superb save to touch over Andrea Pirlo’s dangerous free kick, before he pushed away a Ronaldinho drive for a corner.
The tactically shrewd Sir Alex Ferguson eventually decided to replace Portugal international flanker Luis Nani with Ecuadorian wing back Antonio Valencia who made an immediate impact in the 66th minute of the pulsating encounter, setting up Rooney to put the visitors in front. The Manchester United marksman then secured a historic victory when he escaped his marker to head home Fletcher’s accurate cross in the 74th minute of action. Milan had their second goal eleven minutes afterwards, though, as Ronaldinho side-footed a cross ball and Clarence Seedorf flicked it with his left foot behind his standing leg and through the legs of Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans and to the left of Van der Sar to make the final scoreline read 3-2 in the favour of United. After defeating Milan, Manchester United now held an European record of sixteen unbeaten away games. AC Milan Team: Dida, Daniele Bonera, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Ambrosini, Luca Antonini, David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Andrea Pirlo. Substitutes: Ignazio Abate, Giuseppe Favalli, Mathieu Flamini, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Christian Abbiati. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Ji-sung Park, Nani, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Gary Neville, Wesley Brown, Valencia, Darron Gibson, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Tomasz Kuszczak.