Manchester United 4 Milan 0
Manchester United 4 AC Milan 0, Old Trafford, UEFA Champions League Last Sixteen Second Leg, March 10, 2010. Manchester United taught Milan a lesson as they beat the Serie A club four-nil at home. Understandably, Milan President Silvio Berlusconi was not particularly pleased with his San Siro side after the heavy loss to Sir Alex Ferguson´s men.
Manchester United had edged out Milan three-two in the first leg at San Sairo and were favourites to progress through to the quarter-finals stage of the competition. United entered the second leg fixture fresh from a close one-nil victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, while Milan had managed a goalless draw against old rivals Rome at the Olympic Stadium in the eternal city. The always enthusiastic Silvio Berlusconi had high hopes ahead of the encounter in Manchester, but the controversial media mogul could only sit and watch his dreams of The Red and Blacks reaching the quarter-finals disappear in front of him and he was later reported to have been so frustrated with his team´s performance that he had switched off his television set in sheer anger. The Italian Prime Minister may have been excused, however, as Manchester United reached the next round of the tournament by outclassing the Serie A outfit by four goals to nil. On the other hand, the multi-talented politician should have remembered that a man who lives by hope, will die by despair.
On a night that saw previous Manchester United star David Beckham return to Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney proved that he was the new hero of The Theatre of Dreams. And even though Berlusconi´s Milan had arrived on English soil with some sort of attacking intent, the visitors collapsed completely when Rooney headed an excellent Gary Neville cross past away goalkeeper Christian Abbiati after just thirteen minutes of action. Manchester United continued to push forward following the resumption and doubled their lead sixty seconds into the second half as Luis Nani crossed for Rooney to put the ball past Abbiati one more time, making the scoreboard read two-nil in favour of the hosts. Then, in the fifty-ninth minute of proceedings, a superb pass from Paul Scholes found fellow midfielder Ji-Sung Park who registered the third goal of the clash. Although Manchester United went on to dominate the rest of the game, Beckham almost managed to net a consolation goal for Milan in the seventy-third minute of the contest, putting veteran shot stopper Edwin van der Sar to the test with a ferocious effort. The Reds added one more goal to their tally, though, when Darren Fletcher’s late header from a Rafael da Silva cross completed a spectacular seven-two aggregate success. Sir Alex Ferguson: “It was a marvellous performance from all my players, especially in the second half when our second goal effectively ended the game.” Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Valencia, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Ji-Sung Park, Wayne Rooney, Nani. Substitutes: Jonny Evans, Rafael, Darron Gibson, Dimitar Berbatov, Mame Biram Diouf, Tomasz Kuszczak. Milan Team: Christian Abbiati, Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Thiago Silva, Massimo Ambrosini, Mathieu Flamini, Marek Jankulovski, Ronaldinho, Marco Borriello, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Andrea Pirlo. Substitutes: Giuseppe Favalli, Gianluca Zambrotta, David Beckham, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Dida.
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Reigning First Division Champions Manchester United lost 4-0 to Milan in front of a 80,000 crowd at San Siro Stadium in an European Cup Semi Final Second Leg match on the 14th of May 1958.