Hail The European Champions!!!

My goodness!!! What a match!!! End to end, heartstopping, edge-of-the-seat stuff and one that had the heart pumping all the way down to that final penalty save by Edwin Van Der Sar on Nicolas Anelka‘s spot kick. Yes, I was not that confident coming into the game especially with the team playing so defensively of late and fielding five midfielders over the past month. But when the team sheet was announced, I grew quietly confident that the night could indeed be something special for Manchester United, even if the only grouse I had was not seeing Park Ji-Sung being afforded even a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Manchester United being Manchester United certainly know how to put their fans in anxiety as after a brilliant first 40 minutes where they held the bulk of the possession, suddenly became timid and cagey when Chelsea equalised just before the stroke of half-time. Chelsea attacked relentlessly but United held firm and when that dumb Ivory Coast captain got himself sent off in the last five minutes of the second period of extra time, the momentum swung back again in United‘s favour. But it wasn’t plain sailing as God had other ideas.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a brilliant first half making Michael Essien look like an idiot and capping it with his 42nd goal of a remarkable season, contrived to miss his penalty kick during the mandatory shootout. It was Chelsea‘s title to be lost and they duly did when their brave captain John Terry missed the very last spot kick which could have won it for them. United, buoyed by that miss, scored subsequently through Anderson and Giggs, the current appearance record holder in Manchester United‘s history (759), while Chelsea replied through Salomon Kalou before Anelka missed his opportunity to level the score and in turn destroyed his team’s pursuit of the title.

It has been a memorable season, capped by this Holy Grail that has eluded United time and time again. This team is still young and could possibly improve and go on to achieve even more glory. Ok some of you sour grapes out there will say we were lucky to win via shootout, but the same could also be said when Liverpool last won it in 2005. But let us not forget the resolve shown by Chelsea who have shown that they had the stomach to chase and challenge United all the way right down to the final whistle. Yes, they might have some unlikeable characters in the team, but I believe rival fans too hate some of our players. This win and the Premiership title which we won last week are only as good as till the start of next season. Let’s enjoy the win for now and not go overboard as we all know pride always comes before a spectacular fall.




Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

2 thoughts on “Hail The European Champions!!!”

  1. Heya PM,

    Syukur Alhamdulillah Man Utd won despite having to battle it till the end… coming into extra time followed by the decisive shootout. Nerve-wrecking it was.

    Not sure if you read my comment in your earlier post. But what did I say then – never give up til the battle is over (or something like that) lol.

    I truly believe in this club since Day One and it’s proven.

    I also have initial doubts (minor ones) cos i thought the match being held in Moscow – the chances are slim for United to clinch it. Another reason is due to Roman’s connections where the match venue is being held in a place he should favour since it’s kinda where he’s from. Okay, that’s just my misguided paranoia but I still stayed up to support my beloved team (so does other millions of fans elsewhere i reckoned.)

    And YESSSS!!! Man United is truly deserving. Hope this winning streak would have a spillover effect towards the matches in future. Amin.


    Sorry if this comment is too long. Apologies.

  2. Yes nerve wrecking to the point that my heart was pounding ever so loudly. I did read ur comments and I did reply to it in case you didn’t notice.

    I had no doubts abt Roman using his country or connections to wreak havoc on the team. I mean, it’s just plain silly when you think outside forces can play a part. It’s like believing that there could be witch doctors or bomohs sitting behind Van Der Sar’s goal and making him lose concentration.

    As all the fans around the world, I hope this would kickstart something dominating and also entice the best players to come and play for us. We still need 2 more Premiership titles and 3 European Cups to overtake our greatest nemesis from Merseyside. This team can do it, and I’m confident they can…

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