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Ruthless United through to Champions League final
A couple of early thoughts on Manchester United’s ruthless demonstration of superiority against Arsenal tonight (click here for the full match report).
1. United are over that little blip they had against Liverpool and Fulham and look to be timing their run-in to perfection. They have no significant injuries, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be getting his mojo back and, as they showed once again against Arsenal, they ooze class right the way through the team.
2. Alex Ferguson said after the game he thought Chelsea might just edge the second semi-final, with Barcelona;s centre-back problem costing them dear, but I suspect most neutrals will be hoping for the opposite result. United and Barcelona have seemed to be on a collision all season and this edition of the Champions League could give us that rarest of things: a final between the two best teams in Europe.
3. Darren Fletcher is an unfortunate man.
4. I suspect Arsenal fans getting impatient with Arsene Wenger is going to be a theme the media comes back to time and again over the next few days and weeks. We’ll hear how Wenger needs to spend more freely to compete with United and the rest. Is that right?
More on this tomorrow, but for now, one simple question: Are United about to the become the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in the Champions League era?
PHOTO: Darren Fletcher is shown the red card by referee Roberto Rosetti as Emmanuel Adebayor looks on during the Champions League semi-final at the Emirates stadium in London May 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh