Three Times Lucky For Manchester United?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    I’m always going to disagree with the view that United had all the luck against Bayern. Firstly, they went into the game without half a midfield – Scholes and Keane – and Giggs and Beckham playing out of position. Secondly, they had come out of a knackering few weeks in the Premier League and the FA Cup. And then Bayern score a scrappy free kick after five minutes and park the bus for the rest of the game, their only chances coming when gaps appeared as United threw caution to the wind. That Basler goal meant that United weren’t able to control the pace of the game, but they still had many more chances on goal, even if they weren’t as clear cut. No, for me, United’s perseverance was rewarded. I always remember Ruud Gullit’s erudite summary of Bayern’s performance on the ITV coverage: “Bayern were crap”.

  2. Hakan says:

    It’s interesting how differently we sometimes see a game, particularly the impact, or not, of luck. I agree that in 99 United were severly burdened by the absence of Keane and Scholes as well as by the gruelling schedule. But on the night I thought Bayern were the better team by some distance, and United were very lucky to be only 1-0 down going into the final minutes. I don’t remember United creating a lot of clear-cut chances whereas Bayern had several. On the other hand there is sometimes a thin line between bad luck and bad finishing.
    About Moscow I’m not so sure. I agree that United were lucky if you look at the penalties and the late efforts from Drogba and Lampard. But on the other hand I feel that the game was turned by the lucky bounce that preceded Chelsea’s equalizer.

  3. dave says:

    I think United will win 2-0, don’t really care who gets the best player award, I think they both are great players!

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