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Man Utd v Barca as it happened

Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona (agg 1-0) Match report


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By Caroline Cheese

2200: United rode their luck at times but that Scholes goal was a very worthy winner. A belter, in fact. Many thanks for your company tonight. Join us tomorrow to find out who will be going to Moscow on 21 May to face United.

2156: "I have no fingernails left. Was it worth it? Of course it was!"
Matt via text on 81111

2155: "I don't think United played well - except defensively. Semi-finals are never great games. Those days are gone. There's too much pressure, too much to lose. Have United had a better player, week in, week out, over the last 10 years than Scholes. It was a brilliant goal."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

2150: "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Paul Scholes. A true legend."
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2148: Your man of the match is, unusually, from the losing side. That man is Leo Messi on 8.01. Paul Scholes (7.83), Carlos Tevez (7.873) and Ji-Sung Park (7.45) are United's shining lights. Still plenty of time, voters.
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2145: Will Paul Scholes be the first name on the team sheet for the final? "Absolutely," comes the reply from Fergie.

2145: "A great feeling. Marvellous. This club deserves to be in the final. Scholes is one of our great players - I'm so pleased for everyone. The fans got us over the line."
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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2141: So for the first time in history, it will be an all-English Champions League final on 21 May. Incredible scenes at Old Trafford as Paul Scholes sprints onto the pitch to join the celebrations. Fergie has promised Scholes he will play in the final after missing out in 1999 through suspension.

2139: "Barcelona played the better football and had more possession but they never got in behind United. Congratulations to United."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

2138: FULL-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona (agg 1-0)

2137: Cristiano Ronaldo brings down Bojan on the right wing. Up comes Victor Valdes... but it's cleared...

2136: Ryan Giggs wins a precious free-kick in the centre circle after being brought down by Eric Abidal.

2135: Rio Ferdinand blocks Eidur Gudjohnsen's shot on the edge of the area. Seconds to go now surely...

2133: In injury time, Patrice Evra is stretchered off to be replaced by Mikael Silvestre.

2132: This is unbelievably tense. Carles Puyol pings over a low cross from the left but Rio Ferdinand gets in ahead of Eidur Gudjohnsen to clear. Leo Messi makes a half-hearted penalty appeal after colliding with a United defender then Patrice Evra needs treatment after being kicked in the head by Cristiano Ronaldo.

2130: Bojan collects a pass in the box but his first touch takes him away from goal and United survive.

2129: The United fans are on their feet, waving their scarves and making a tremendous noise. United are trying to keep the ball to take the pressure off. Barca bring Eidur Gudjohnsen for Yaya Toure. Deco looks dead on his feet in midfield but he will finish the game.

2126: Desperate defending from United now as Leo Messi prompts and probes just outside the box. The United fans respond with a huge roar. Just over five minutes left.

2123: The camera shows a United fan biting his nails which very much sums up the atmosphere at Old Trafford right now.

2122: Decent break from United as Cristiano Ronaldo cuts in from the right before sending a low shot past the post.

2119: Gasps all round at Old Trafford as Thierry Henry plants a header straight into Edwin van der Sar's arms from a corner. 12 minutes remaining.

2116: United try to play a bit of keep-ball but then make the mistake of passing to Nani. That is his last miscontrol of the night as he is replaced by Ryan Giggs. Darren Fletcher for Paul Scholes is United's other change.

2113: Bojan comes on for Samuel Eto'o. He will play through the middle, with Thierry Henry staying out left.

2112: Thierry Henry wins the ball in defence, then loses the ball, then chases back and puts the ball behind for a needless corner. Not a great start for the Frenchman.

2111: Yaya Toure gets a yellow card for a late tackle on Ji-Sung Park. Toure misses the next game - whenever that may be.

2109: Cristiano Ronaldo's frustrating night continues as he gets a yellow card for pulling back Gianluca Zambrotta.

2108: "Appalling show from Nani, even worse than at the Bridge. For every chance he creates he wastes three of them. So selfish! Not seeing much from Ronaldo tonight, but Messi is storming. If anyone on the pitch deserves to score it's him."
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2104: Michael Carrick sends Leo Messi sprawling and Herbert has no hesitation in bringing out his yellow card. Free-kick 35 yards out. Deco's effort takes a big deflection and spins wide.

2101: Thierry Henry comes on - to a chorus of boos from the home fans. Andres Iniesta is off.

2100: Deco's shot is deflected behind by Wes Brown. The corner goes short to Leo Messi, whose cross is cleared, allowing United to break. Nani exchanges a quick one-two with Cristiano Ronaldo but blazes an awful shot into the crowd.

2059: Victor Valdes saves Carlos Tevez's shot in unconvincing fashion. Mark Lawrenson reckons the Barca keeper looks like he's "taking a pie out of the oven without an oven glove".

2058: Leo Messi runs at the United defence for the umpteenth time tonight but he scuffs his shot - much to the relief of the United fans. You can almost sense them holding their breath every time the Argentine picks up the ball.

2055: Deco is the next man into the book for dissent.

2053: Gianluca Zambrotta gets a yellow card for sliding in on Patrice Evra. The free-kick comes out to Cristiano Ronaldo whose dangerous cross is cleared by Eric Abidal as Nani closes in.

2052: Patrice Evra's persistence on the left wins United a corner. Cristiano Ronaldo is barged off the ball by Gabriel Milito as the ball comes over - but the winger is the only one appealing for a penalty.

2048: Early pressure from Barca. Leo Messi's clipped pass comes off Rio Ferdinand's foot and goes out for a corner. Cristiano Ronaldo clears.

2046: Off we go again then. Here's Fergie's verdict: "We need to show a bit more composure on the ball and keep concentration. If we do that I think we'll make chances and get goals. We need a second goal."

2042: Manchester United have conceded one goal in five home Champions League games this season. They are unbeaten in their last 14 games in the competition - stretching back the last three campaigns.

2036: Paul Scholes' wonder goal means he leads the way in Player Rater at half-time with 7.99 - but he's only just ahead of Leo Messi on 7.57.
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2033: "Barcelona are very clever at using the space. It's difficult for defenders to pick them up. I think United are being outnumbered in midield."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

2031: HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona

2031: Barcelona break through Samuel Eto'o and the ball eventually comes to Eric Abidal but his shot hits the defender and rebounds to safety.

2029: Gabriel Milito glances a header wide from Xavi's floated free-kick.

2028: Leo Messi beats three before passing to Samuel Eto'o but the striker's return is too heavy and Rio Ferdinand clears.

2027: "Park is having a fantastic game! So much for those people who said he isn't good enough for this kind of stage!"
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2026: Ji-Sung Park gets in a brilliant cross from the left despite the attentions of two defenders but Nani sends his header wide. Should have been 2-0.

2022: Edwin van der Sar drops the ball as he falls to the ground and it almost comes to Samuel Eto'o before Wes Brown clears. Brown smacks the keeper in the head in the process, leaving Van der Sar needing treatment. Brown seems to have it in for poor old Van der Sar tonight.

2021: Deco shoots narrowly past the post now after some great work by Samuel Eto'o as Barcelona build some pressure.

2019: Barcelona exchange some quick passes around the edge of the United box before Deco sends a shot just over.

2013: Panic in the Barca defence again. Yaya Toure gives the ball away and Ji-Sung Park tries to play in Paul Scholes but just overhits the pass. Carlos Tevez delivers the cross and Victor Valdes is lucky to get away with unconvincing flap. Carles Puyol eventually heads clear but collides with defensive partner Gabriel Milito as well and needs treatment for a head injury.

2011: Edwin van der Sar goes spinning around on the turf as he comes to collect the ball and is clattered by Wes Brown in the process. Nice bit of break-dancing that.

2006: Cristiano Ronaldo sets up Ji-Sung Park, who sends a low shot spinning past the post.

2005: Leo Messi runs at the United defence and unleashes a left-foot shot which Edwin van der Sar pushes away.

2004: "There was a moment of stunned silence after that goal went in. Stunning."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

2001: Barca are reeling. That goal has changed everything. Cristiano Ronaldo is fouled on the right and Nani drives it into the box where Victor Valdes just about clears amid panic in the Barca defence.

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1959: GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona
What a goal. It's a gift from Gianluca Zambrotta, who gives the ball to Paul Scholes and the midfielder absolutely spanks it from fully 25 yards. His first goal for eight months - but it was worth waiting for.

1957: Cristiano Ronaldo has had about two touches of the ball in the opening few minutes so he resorts to chasing after Andres Iniesta. He concedes the free-kick.

1955: Up goes the roar of "United" but their team have hardly had a touch of the ball so far. You would not think Barca were the visiting team.

1952: Edwin van der Sar makes an awful mess of his clearance - completely slicing it. Samuel Eto'o picks it up on the right and gets to the byeline but he can't beat the first man with his cross. Worrying times for United though.

1949: Leo Messi outpaces Michael Carrick on the right and cuts in but is eventually robbed by Wes Brown. Confident start from Barca, edgy from United.

1946: A very nervous moment for United in the early seconds as Paul Scholes clatters into Leo Messi right on the outside edge of the area. It's a poor free-kick though and the hosts clear.

1945: Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez get the game under way.

1942: Out come the teams to a tumultuous reception at Old Trafford. The United fans hold up coloured paper spelling out the word "Believe".

1941: Fergie reckons he's got his strongest ever squad - but he has had to put Danny Welbeck on the bench, a 17-year-old who has never made a first-team appearance. He wears the number 47 shirt.

1939: Fergie is so excited, he's hopping up and down as he says: "It won't be easy but we've got a great chance. Unfortunately, Nemanja and Wayne don't make it but I still think we've got enough. There's no question that the crowd can have a huge impact."

1935: "Re 1923: On my laptop in a pub in Germany. Trust me there are some more German-sounding names. Take the guy behind the bar for example... Heinrich Hoogenbach."
JH in Munich, via text on 81111

1933: There's Ryan Giggs talking in very animated fashion to Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. Giggs is on the bench tonight.

1932: "I'm very nervous, and totally agree Anderson should be playing, Nani didn't deserve a start. But I trust Fergie completely and so should we all."
Mike, Edinburgh, via text on 81111

1927: "For all that talk of squad strength, you can't help thinking that if United had another striker (capable of staying fit), they'd be starting tonight."
David, via text on 81111
I think I see what you mean David.

1923: My colleague has just pointed out that Bastian Schweinsteiger is a more German-sounding name than Herbert Fandel. Which is true.

1917: Tonight's man in the middle is Herbert Fandel - who couldn't have a more German-sounding name if he tried. Herbert is a full-time pianist, say my notes. Presumably, full-time except when he's refereeing hugely important European matches. Herbie, as his mates almost certainly call him, sent off Roy Keane in United's defeat in Porto back in 2004 and then endeared himself to Fergie even further by dismissing Paul Scholes when United lost away to Roma last season.

1915: "Sir Alex is playing for the counter-attack, hoping Barca come at us for the goal they need."
Darren, Coventry, via text on 81111

1913: Already a cracking atmosphere at Old Trafford as the players come out to warm up. I'm yet to hear of a sensible reason as to why Anderson is not playing tonight. The BBC Radio 5 Live team are equally baffled.

1912: "Re 1859: Form is based on more than just one match. Nani and Ronaldo are going to run circles around the Spaniards."
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1908: "I think there's only one way to play at Old Trafford and the crowd will demand the team go forward. They were very defensive in Barcelona. I would hope and expect to see the complete opposite tonight."
Former Man Utd midfielder Lou Macari on BBC Radio 5 Live

1904: "I am genuinely petrified. And had to give up my match ticket due to work. Some days you're the pigeon, others the statue..."
Dan, in London, via text on 81111

1900: "I swear that's 11 United players picked at random."
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1859: "I don't believe this. Nani is starting?! He had a terrible game against Chelsea on the weekend."
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Man Utd: Van der Sar, Evra, Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Brown, Ronaldo, Park, Carrick, Nani, Scholes, Tevez. Subs: Kuszczak, Anderson, Giggs, O'Shea, Fletcher, Silvestre, Welbeck.
Barcelona: Valdes, Milito, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Eto'o, Zambrotta, Messi, Deco, Abidal, Toure. Subs: Pinto, Gudjohnsen, Henry, Edmilson, Sylvinho, Thuram, Bojan.
Minute-by-minute commentary

1849: Having said that, United have only lost twice at home against Spanish teams in 16 matches. So that's all right then.

1846: Here's a stat to make United fans shudder... on the last three occasions United have returned from Europe after a first-leg stalemate, they have gone out at Old Trafford.

1843: A source tells me that Wayne Rooney definitely will not start, and that Darren Fletcher could get the nod in midfield. I should warn you that this same source told me that Paul Scholes would not start at the Camp Nou last week...

1839: Blimey. This text has just arrived from Richard: "Just arrived in ground to see Gary Neville warming up. Could he be a surprise choice?" Surely not...

1836: "Interestingly for me, Gary Neville is warming up on his own," reports BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Alan Green. What can this mean?

1830: "I think United will be a bit more adventurous tonight than they were in Barcelona but I don't think it will be the usual gung-ho United we see at Old Trafford. I think they'll go 4-3-3 with Carrick, Hargreaves and Scholes in midfield. When they don't have the ball, it will be more of a 4-5-1."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

1818: Well done Tom. He's probably off to the pub now. Grrr. Anyway, I've said it before and I'll say it again. I feel sick with excitement about tonight's game - and I am but a neutral. Team news shortly I would think. Looks very unlikely that Rooney will start, while Vidic looks more hopeful. Could Henry come in for Iniesta for Barca?

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1800, from Dom in Manchester via text: "Today I have that feeling I had in '99. My heart's beating 10 to a dozen."

From mufctampabay on 606: "At school in Tampa Bay, Florida. Can't even teach, sooo excited. The whole school is rooting for United. We have a giant screen to watch the game after school."

1735: BBC 5 Live man Alastair Yeomans is inside Old Trafford already.

"Three hours before kick-off, the press box was already frantic. Over 270 members of the media will be working here tonight - hopefully including the guys from the Spanish radio station next to me, whose equipment has just crashed to the floor.

"There's a business-like atmosphere in Old Trafford tonight, as well as some apprehension. The normally-cheery car-park steward who generally predicts a two or three goal win says it will go to extra time."

1725: This from Barca danger-man Lionel Messi, talking to

"I do not think either side holds any advantage going into the second leg. Everybody thought these were going to be great games, but, as they are very important and we are both are risking so much, the matches end up being very tight.

"Maybe if one of the teams scores, the game will open up, but otherwise I see it being a close game.

"I'm always confident Barcelona can win. I believe we can play better than the way we played in the first leg. That is our intention."

1715: More from BBC Sport's Kevin Geary in Manchester.

"The clans are gathering in the town centre, and it's all very friendly between the two sets of fans. For once it's not raining, either - the Barca fans must have brought a little Catalan sunshine with them.

"Most United fans are pretty apprehensive. They know that if Barca score, they're in serious trouble. Most are resigned to Wayne Rooney not starting, and quite a few don't think he'll be fit enough to even come of the bench."

1700 - from alice_brummie on 606: "Re 1610. Is Juan's friend called Juan? Because it takes Juan to know Juan."

1650: A fact for you: United have hosted Spanish teams 16 times in European competition and only been beaten twice - 3-2 by Read Madrid in April 2000, and to Deportivo La Coruna by the same scoreline in October 2001.

Still - a score draw would do the job for Barca....

From YAB_B_RULE on 606: "I'm a tad nervous. I had a dream last night that it was a score draw which is never good. However, it turns out I was watching the game with Prince William, so hopefully what I dreamt will have no outcome on tonight's game."

From vin5085 on 606: "It is 10.45pm in Kuching, Malaysia. I can't sleep now. By the time the match starts, it'll be Wednesday 2:45am here..."

1620, from Rob in Manchester via text: "Kyle (1600) United have won the last 12 at home, a CL record."

1610: This from two Barcelona fans on the streets around Old Trafford, speaking to BBC Radio Manchester.

Juan: "We win 2-0."

Juan's friend: "It will be hard, but I think 1-0."

1600, from Kyle in London via text: "Tom (1528) - Barca are unbeaten in 12 Champions League matches. Plus Messi is back."

1538, from dancehallking_007 on 606: "Here at work we have had a continuous play of Queen's classic ''Barcelona'. We are right behind the Catalan giants."

Hmmm. Maybe if your username was stadiumrockking you'd know that the track in question was very much a Mercury-Caballe offering. May, Taylor and Deacon had the day off.

1528, from Tom in London via text: "Why all the doom & gloom? United are unbeaten in 11 Champs matches. To get through they just have to beat an out-form-team at Old Trafford. No problem!"

1523, from Pughnici on 606: "Very nervous about tonight in all honesty. Both teams not playing well of late, both teams capable of tearing the other apart on their day. I only hope that tonight is one of the famous European nights to remember where everything we touch turns to gold."

1515: Nice chat from BBC sports reporter Kevin Geary, who's up in Manchester.

"Lots of Barca fans in town, wandering around waving flags. But their journeys are dwarfed by those of a couple of United fans I bumped into on the train, who have flown all the way from Mexico to be here for this game. They're flying all the way home again tomorrow."

1500: Funny how much can change in a week, isn't it?

Seven days ago, most people had United as favourites to reach the Champions League final and nailed-on certs for the Premiership.

Today? In the immortal words of Brian Moore, it's up for grabs now.

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