Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread
Well done to Celtic on a great win against Barcelona. They defended brilliantly and got the result they needed through some clever counter attacking, which was well deserved. Barcelona just didn't look like they had a Plan B.
As for the Braga/United match last night, we looked absolutely dire until the final 10 minutes, where we actually started to play some decent football and move the ball around better. The team selection was rather odd with Giggs/Anderson playing centre midfield together and Welbeck playing on the left wing, when he's not looked comfortable there in the last few games. Our passing was sloppy and sluggish and we kept resorting in long balls to Chicharito, who didn't get many opportunities for 80 minutes.
The penalty we conceded wasn't a penalty, what was Evans supposed to do? Rooney also dived for his penalty.
We look much more settled once Van Persie came on. Once the Braga keeper made that dreadful error and Van Persie capitalised on it with the goal, we started to look more comfortable and retain the ball better. Rooney scored a penalty through pure luck and then Hernandez scored a comedy goal. That and the floodlights going out for 10 minutes, it was a very odd second half.
Valencia played much better when he was moved higher up the pitch, Smalling looked decent and had a better game than Evans, Evra had another solid game, Anderson did alright but gave the ball away a lot in the first half, Giggs did better towards the end of the match and Rooney looked good second half also. Van Persie was fantastic when he came on. Nani not so much, yet again he starts a game where he looks poor throughout. We looked better when he came off injured as he did nothing on the wing.
I'm pleased we've now won the group and can rest players for two games.