I was cheering on Manchester Utd last night. But there wasn’t much to cheer about. Barca, and in particular Messi, Xavi and the utterly outstanding Iniesta sent them homewards to think again.
Credit to Alex Ferguson at the end of the match. He acknowledged that Manchester Utd (whom English commentators insist in calling The Greatest Team on Earth) were soundly beaten by the better team and that his young team would learn from the experience. The trouble is Barca (with the exception of a few notables such as Henri and Puyol) are hardly geriatrics.
What’s more, Barca had no more than a makeshift defence and a goalie that was supposed to be a weak link. I’d hate to think what might have been the outcome if Barca’s defence had been at full strength. As it happens after the first ten minutes they were barely troubled.
A great match and a peerless performance.
I wonder how great Pep Guardiola will be when he gains some experience!