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When Porto shocked Man Utd

Porto celebrate after knocking Manchester United out of the 2004 Champions League
Porto celebrate after their last-gasp victory over Manchester United in 2004

By Chris Bevan

Manchester United fans had bad memories of trenchcoat-wearing Porto managers long before they saw Jesualdo Ferreira leap from the dug-out to celebrate Mariano's last-gasp equaliser at Old Trafford last week.

In 2004, a certain Jose Mourinho announced himself to the English public with a manic touchline dash at the same ground to congratulate his players after Francisco Costinha's injury-time goal had knocked United out of that season's Champions League.

606: DEBATE

Roy Keane was sent off as Mourinho's men won 2-1 in Portugal, with Benni McCarthy scoring twice after Quinton Fortune had put United ahead.

United led in the return too, thanks to Paul Scholes' header, but the midfielder had another strike wrongly ruled out for offside before half-time and Porto snatched the draw they needed to progress when Tim Howard failed to deal with McCarthy's free-kick and Costinha was first to the loose ball, triggering Mourinho's joyful reaction.

It briefly appeared that the usually reserved Ferreira was about to do something similar after he saw his side gain an impressive 2-2 draw in the first leg of the quarter-final of this year's competition.

It was probably in the best interests of the 62-year-old's health that he only got as far as the edge of his technical area - but do not expect him to be as restrained if Porto gain a positive result in Wednesday's second leg.

Ahead of that tie, BBC Sport speaks to Porto's 2004 Champions League winning captain Jorge Costa and finds out what happened to the players who lined up at Old Trafford five years ago.


MAN UTD

Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson had seen his side slump in form after Christmas

Manager - Sir Alex Ferguson

Then: The 2003/2004 season was fast becoming one to forget for Ferguson. United were in transition - David Beckham had left for Real Madrid the previous summer, Keane was near the end of his top-flight career and a reliable successor had still not been found for Peter Schmeichel in goal.

Ferguson's attempts to replace them had seen the likes of Kleberson, Eric Djemba-Djemba and Tim Howard sign the previous summer, none of whom were to shine at Old Trafford. To compound matters, Rio Ferdinand was serving an eight-month ban for failing to attend a mandatory drugs test and Arsenal were running away with the title. United, however, did go on to win the FA Cup as a consolation.

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Now: United won just one trophy, the Carling Cup, in the next two seasons but Ferguson has long since proved that he can never be written off. In 2007 his side won their first League title since 2003 and, the following year, won the Premier League and Champions League. Ferguson is still at Old Trafford, at the age of 67, and chasing an unprecedented quintuple this season.


Tim Howard

Tim Howard

Then: The American's error from McCarthy's free-kick was the beginning of the end of his United career. Further mistakes meant he was eventually replaced by Edwin van der Sar.

Now: Joined Everton on loan for the 2006/07 season and made the move permanent in February 2007. Still at Goodison Park, where he has made 123 appearances for the Toffees.


Gary Neville is left dejected after McCarthy's first-leg winner
Gary Neville looks on as McCarthy celebrates his first-leg winner

Gary Neville

Then: When this game was played he had been a fixture at right-back for United and England for almost a decade.

Now: Club captain who has been plagued by injuries in the last two seasons and at one point spent 13 months on the sidelines. Currently back in the side after another injury-hit campaign.


Phil Neville

Phil Neville

Then: Conceded the foul on Edgaras Jankauskas that led to Porto's dramatic equaliser.

Now: A lack of first-team opportunities led to Neville moving to Everton for a fee of around £3m in August 2005. He has been the Toffees captain since 2007.


Wes Brown is left dejected after the final whistle at Old Trafford
Wes Brown is left dejected after the final whistle at Old Trafford

Wes Brown

Then: Another graduate of United's youth system and, like the Neville brothers, a versatile defender who won England honours. But his return after a serious knee injury at the start of 2004 coincided with a slump in United's form.

Now: Still at United and still in the England set-up despite being stricken by a series of injuries in recent seasons and recent attempts by Newcastle and Sunderland to sign him. Brown signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford in April 2008 but has been out injured since January.


Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher

Then: Fletcher, who had just turned 20, was enjoying his best run of games since breaking into the United first team and started the game ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on the right.

Now: Still not first-choice for his club but has saved his best performances for United's biggest games. Had his house burgled in February while on international duty with Scotland.


John O'Shea argues with referee Valentin Ivaov after Roy Keane's first-leg red card
John O'Shea argues with referee Valentin Ivaov after Roy Keane's red card in the first leg

John O'Shea

Then: The Republic of Ireland international played across the defence and even in midfield during the 2002/03 season but was a regular at centre-back from January 2004 onwards while Ferdinand served his suspension.

Now: Still seen as a utility or back-up player at Old Trafford.


Nicky Butt

Nicky Butt

Then: Butt had asked to go on the transfer list in January 2004 after losing his place in United's midfield but he turned down a £5m move to Blackburn in the same month after speaking to Ferguson and the then England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, and was quickly back in favour at Old Trafford.

Now: Butt's change of heart did not last long and he joined Newcastle in a £2.5m deal in July 2004. He spent a season on loan at Birmingham in 2005/06 but has just signed a new one-year contract extension with the Magpies.


Djemba-Djemba and Deco battle for the ball
Djemba-Djemba was playing because of Roy Keane's suspension

Eric Djemba-Djemba

Then: Rugged Cameroon midfielder who was seen as Keane's eventual successor when he joined for £3.5m from Nantes in July 2003.

Now: Made just 27 starts for United before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.35m in January 2005. His form did not improve and, following a brief loan spell with Burnley, he left England for Qatar in 2007. Now playing in Denmark with Odense.


Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs

Then: At 30, Giggs was already the most decorated player in United's history. He had tasted disappointment in November 2003 when Wales lost their play-off with Russia for a place at Euro 2004 but had the consolation of becoming the first British footballer to be mentioned in an episode of The Simpsons later in the same month.

Now: Another survivor of this team still at Old Trafford. Giggs is no longer the flying winger of old but, now a central midfielder, remains a key squad member and is the only player to score in every Premier League season. Now taking his coaching badges, he signed a one-year contract extension in February 2009.


Scholes scores against Porto but the goal was incorrectly disallowed for offside
Scholes' second goal at Old Trafford was incorrectly disallowed for offside

Paul Scholes

Then: Scholes had begun his career as a striker but by 2004 he was considered one of the best midfielders in the world. For England, however, he became frustrated at having to play on the left under Eriksson and announced his international retirement after Euro 2004, aged 29.

Now: A long lay-off in 2006 because of blurred vision led to concerns that Scholes' career could be over but he returned to play a central role in United's subsequent success. In October 2008 he signed a two-year deal taking him up to the end of the 2009/10 season.


Ruud van Nistelrooy
Van Nistelrooy sinks to the turf in despair after United's defeat

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Then: Signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at United in January 2004 after being persistently linked with a move to Real Madrid but fell out with Ferguson just before this match when he was dropped for saying the team missed Beckham.

Now: Left for the Bernabeu in July 2006 for £10.2m following another fall-out with Ferguson when he was dropped for that season's Carling Cup final. Still with Real but he has been sidelined since November 2008 by a serious knee injury.


Substitutes:

Roy Carroll

Roy Carroll unused

Then: Signed from Wigan Athletic for around £2.5m in July 2001 but had to play second-fiddle to first Fabien Barthez and then Tim Howard for most of his time at United. Best remembered by United fans for conceding 'the goal that never was' against Tottenham in January 2005 when he allowed a Pedro Mendes shot to cross the line but a goal was not given.

Now: Left United when his contract ended in May 2005 and signed for West Ham. Carroll spent the 2007/08 season with Rangers but made only one appearance and joined Derby County in January 2008.


Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo only lasted a few minutes as a substitute before being injured

Cristiano Ronaldo replaced Fletcher (74 minutes)

Then: A £12.25m signing from Sporting Lisbon the previous summer, Ronaldo's first season at Old Trafford was not an out-and-out success. He produced flashes of amazing skill but was widely regarded as something of a show pony and was not a definite starter. He lasted only nine minutes of this match before being stretchered off with an ankle injury.

Porto's captain at Old Trafford that night, Jorge Costa, told BBC Sport: "I'd known Cristiano since his time with Sporting.

"In 2004 he was a wonderful player but still a young player. He has made a magnificent improvement since then. Did I think he would become so good? No, for me it was a surprise."

Now: Matured into one of the world's best players, with his haul of 42 club goals last season seeing him crowned European and World footballer of the year in 2008. The Portuguese winger has managed 20 goals so far this season but has not hit the heights of last season. Continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, despite insisting he is happy at United.


Louis Saha

Louis Saha replaced Djemba-Djemba (45 minutes)

Then: His United career had only just begun, with Ferguson paying £12.8m to sign the French striker from Fulham in January, but five goals in his first five Premier League matches before this tie meant Saha made an instant impression.

Now: Sadly for Saha, his time at Old Trafford was known for the number of injuries he sustained, not the goals he scored. He left for Everton at the start of this season, but a hamstring problem kept him out from November until the start of March.


David Bellion

David Bellion unused

Then: Ferguson fought off Liverpool and Arsenal to sign the pacey France Under-21 international in an acrimonious deal from Sunderland in 2003 but his time with United was forgettable.

Now: Started only five Premier League games in three years at United, and had an unsuccessful loan spell at West Ham before joining Nice in April 2006. His improved form back in France earned him a move to Bordeaux and he scored 14 goals in 28 league games in 2007/08 to fire Les Girondins into this season's Champions League. In an interview with BBC Sport in November, he insisted he did not regret his move to Old Trafford.


Kleberson

Kleberson unused

Then: Much was expected of the Brazilian World Cup-winning midfielder, who joined United for £6.5m from Atletico Paranaese, but he never delivered. Kleberson dislocated his shoulder in his second start for the club in September 2003 and he was only ever a fringe player after that.

Now: Made only 30 appearances for United and left for Turkish side Besiktas in a £2.5m deal in 2005. Kleberson moved back to his native Brazil with Flamengo in 2008.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Ronaldo (83 minutes)

Then: A firm fans' favourite, the Norwegian striker's injury problems began this season, with a knee problem sidelining him from September to February. He stayed fit for the rest of the campaign but missed the entire 2004/05 season.

Now: The same injury continued to restrict Solskjaer and he eventually retired aged 34 in August 2007 but he stayed at the club in a coaching role. Now United's reserve team boss.


Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan unused

Then: Much-derided Uruguay striker who went 27 games before scoring for United following his £7.5m move from Independiente in January 2002 and was frequently on the bench.

Now: Following the arrival of Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford in the summer of 2004, Forlan moved to Villarreal for £2m and he finished the following season as Europe's top goalscorer. Joined Atletico Madrid for £14m in July 2007.


PORTO

Mourinho celebrates after seeing his side knock out United in 2004
Mourinho celebrates after seeing his side knock out United in 2004

Manager - Jose Mourinho

Then: Worked at Sporting, Porto and Barcelona as Bobby Robson's interpreter before brief stints as coach at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria. Returned to Porto as head coach in 2002 and won the Portuguese League and Cup double and the Uefa Cup in his first season. Followed that with another League title and the Champions League triumph in his second and final campaign at Stadio do Dragao.

Recalling the 2004 United game, Porto captain Jorge Costa told BBC Sport: "When Costinha scored, I was going crazy. Mourinho was going crazy. Everybody was going crazy.

"In that season, and before, under Mourinho it didn't matter who we played - United, Real Madrid, Lazio - we went to the game and we thought 'can we win? Yes we can'. We won the 2003 Uefa Cup, we won the 2004 Champions League - it was two wonderful years.

"Everybody asks me if Mourinho said anything special before the game game but really I don't remember. Like I said, we thought we could win every game and our confidence was very high."

Now: Took charge at Chelsea in 2004 and immediately proclaimed himself 'The Special One'. A charismatic and outspoken manager, he backed up his bravado by bringing a stack of silverware to Stamford Bridge, including two Premier League titles. Mourinho left the Blues in September 2007 after falling out with the club's hierarchy and he took over at Inter Milan in June 2008 but is still loved by Chelsea fans and continues to be linked with a return to west London.


Roy Keane was sent off in the first leg for this challenge on Vitor Baia
Keane was sent off in the first leg for this challenge on Vitor Baia

Vitor Baia

Then: Along with Italy's Stefano Tacconi, the only goalkeeper to win three Uefa club competitions - the Champions League in 2004, the Uefa Cup in 2003 and, with Barcelona, the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.

Now: Began and ended his glittering career with Porto and, after retiring in 2007, is now the club's director of international relations. Also runs his own charity for disadvantaged children called Vitor Baia 99 - his shirt number in his second spell at Porto.


Paulo Ferreira got his hands on the Champions League trophy in 2004
Ferreira got his hands on the Champions League trophy in 2004

Paulo Ferreira

Then: A versatile defender hailed by Mourinho for his consistency, Ferreira played in every minute of Porto's triumphant Champions League campaign.

Now: Was quickly reunited with his manager at Stamford Bridge, joining Chelsea for £13.25m in July 2004.

A huge success in his first two seasons, playing mainly at right-back, he lost his place to Juliano Belletti in 2007 and, despite signing a new five-year contract with the Blues in February 2008, he has only been on the fringes of the first team this season. He will miss the rest of the campaign with a cruciate ligament injury suffered in March.


Ricardo Carvalho

Ricardo Carvalho

Then: Established himself as a regular for Porto and Portugal during 2003/04 and made a name for himself as one of Europe's most reliable and accomplished defenders.

Now: Followed Mourinho to Chelsea for £19.85m in July 2004 and forged a successful partnership with John Terry as the Blues won two Premier League titles. Still at Chelsea, but he has suffered an injury-hit campaign and has started only six games for his club in 2009.


Jorge Costa
Costa led Porto to Uefa Cup and Champions League success

Jorge Costa

Then: Powerful centre-back and huge fans favourite who spent the 2001/02 season on loan with Charlton Athletic after falling out with then Porto coach Octavio Machado. Returned when Mourinho took charge and was made captain.

Now: After 16 years with Porto, Costa ended his playing days with a brief stint at Standard Liege in Belgium in 2006. He began his coaching career at SC Braga and is now in charge at Portuguese second division side Olhanense.

Costa told BBC Sport: "As a coach I have my own style but I played at a high level for a number of years and I picked up a lot from Mourinho, Carlos Queiroz and Jesualdo Ferreira.

"They are all good managers but for me, of course, Mourinho is number one, the top man."


Nuno Valente

Nuno Valente

Then: A late developer, the tough-tackling left-back was signed by Mourinho for Uniao de Leiria in 1999 and followed his manager to Porto in 2002.

Now: Mourinho recommended Valente to Everton boss David Moyes and also told the defender that he should move to Goodison Park. The defender subsequently joined the Toffees for £1.5m in August 2005. A regular in his first season but he has not played for the Everton first team since August 2008.


Dmitri Alenichev

Dmitri Alenichev

Then: Pacey left-winger who was hugely successful with Spartak Moscow and played for Roma and Perugia in Italy before joining Porto in 2000. Alenichev stagnated in Portugal until Mourinho arrived and he gained a reputation as a super-sub. Scored in the 2003 Uefa Cup final and the 2004 Champions League final after coming off the bench.

Now: Returned to Spartak in 2004 but he quit in 2006 after falling out with their coach Alexander Starkov. Now a politician for the United Russia party and president of the 'Backyard Football Tournament', the biggest amateur football competition in Russia.


Costinha
Costinha celebrates after his dramatic last-minute goal for Porto

Francisco Costinha

Then: The Portugal international midfielder was more renowned for his tackling than his goalscoring but reacted first when Howard fumbled Benni McCarthy's free-kick and scored Porto's decisive equaliser.

Now: Costinha left for Dynamo Moscow in 2005 and, after a spell with Atletico Madrid, moved to Italy with Atalanta in 2007. Still with the Serie A side but he has only played one senior game for them.


Maniche

Maniche

Then: Maniche played under Mourinho at Benfica before being re-united with him at Porto in 2002, where he was converted from a winger into a hard-working central midfielder.

Now: Was with Dynamo Moscow when Mourinho brought him to Chelsea on loan in January 2006. He helped the Blues win that season's Premier League title but did not play enough games to earn a medal himself. The Blues decided against signing him permanently and he now plays for Atletico Madrid.


Deco

Deco

Then: Anderson Luís de Souza, known as Deco, was born in Brazil but came to Portugal in 1997, aged 19, when he was signed by Benfica. A deft and skilful playmaker, he received Portuguese citizenship in 2003 and was a key figure in Porto's European and domestic successes.

Now: Immediately linked with a move to Chelsea once Mourinho took charge of the Blues but instead joined Barcelona in July 2004 and won the Champions League for a second time in 2006. Eventually moved to Stamford Bridge for £8m in June 2008 but injuries and the sacking of the man who signed him, Luiz Felipe Scolari, have restricted him to two starts for his club in 2009.


Carlos Alberto

Carlos Alberto

Then: Midfielder who joined Porto from Brazilian side Fluminese in January 2004 and scored the opener against Monaco in that season's Champions League final. His full name is Carlos Alberto Gomes de Jesus.

Now: He left Porto in the summer of 2004 to return to Brazil and a big-money move to Werder Bremen in 2007 did not work out. Still at the German side but he has been loaned out to Vasco da Gama until the end of the season.


Benni McCarthy celebrates with Nuno Valente
Benni McCarthy celebrates scoring in the first leg with Nuno Valente

Benni McCarthy

Then: Powerful South African striker who had initially moved to Porto on loan from Deportivo La Coruna, where he had failed to settle following a £4m move from Ajax in 1999. Rediscovered his form under Mourinho once he joined the Portuguese side permanently in 2003 and his goalscoring exploits in Europe that season had already alerted a host of Premier League clubs.

Now: Was linked with Everton and West Ham before joining Blackburn for around £2.5m in July 2006. He scored 18 league goals in his first season at Rovers but then admitted he had been unsettled by rumours Chelsea and Mourinho wanted to sign him and he has not had the same impact since.


Substitutes:

Nuno Santo

Nuno Santo unused

Then: Rarely used second-choice keeper who had joined from Deportivo La Coruna in 2002.

Now: Left for Dynamo Moscow in 2005 before returning to Portugal with Clube Desportivo das Aves in 2007 but has been back at Porto as back-up to Helton since July 2007 and was on the bench again at Old Trafford last week.


Pedro Emanuel

Pedro Emanuel replaced Jorge Costa (36 minutes)

Then: Won the Portuguese title with unfashionable Boavista in 2001 - the first time in 55 years that neither Benfica, Porto or Sporting had won the title - and moved to Estadio do Dragao a year later.

Now: Still at Porto at the age of 34 but injuries have restricted him in recent seasons and he has only played five games in the current campaign.


Ricardo Costa

Ricardo Costa unused

Then: Utility defender who came through Boavista's youth system but joined Porto while still a teenager.

Now: Joined German side Wolfsburg in the summer 2007 but immediately suffered a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for six months. Costa made a full recovery and is still with the Bundesliga leaders.


Edgaras Jankauskas

Edgaras Jankauskas Replaced Alenichev (61minutes)

Then: Nomadic Lithuanian target-man who arrived in Portugal with Benfica in 2001. Joined Porto a year later and, despite mainly being used as a substitute, scored some vital goals under Mourinho.

Now: Left Porto in the summer of 2004 and continued his tour of Europe, which included a successful two-year loan stint with Hearts from 2005 to 2007. Now 34 and playing for Skonto Riga, he has played for clubs in nine European countries (Lithuania, Russia, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France, Scotland, Cyprus and Estonia).


Jose Bosingwa

Jose Bosingwa unused

Then: Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but a Portugal international, Bosingwa made his name as a dynamic full-back or winger at Boavista before Mourinho signed him for Porto in 2003.

Now: Survived a serious car crash in 2005 and joined Chelsea for £16.2m in May 2008 to become their fifth Portuguese player, alongside Carvalho, Deco, Ferreira and Hilario. He has been a regular at right-back all season but misses Tuesday's Champions League tie with Liverpool because of a hamstring injury.


Ricardo Fernandes

Ricardo Fernandes replaced Alenichev (80 minutes)

Then: Attacking midfielder who was seen as one of Portugal's great young talents earlier in his career. He spent only one season with Porto, where he was Deco's understudy.

Now: Left Portugal for Cyprus to join APOEL FC in 2005 and helped them win the 2007 Cypriot title. Fernandes joined Ukrainian side FC Metalurh Donetsk in February 2008.


Bruno Moraes

Bruno Moraes unused

Then: Highly-rated striker or winger who left his native Brazil while still a teenager when Porto signed him from Santos in 2002.

Now: His career has been disrupted by a series of injuries and, although he is still on Porto's books, Bruno Moraes has been on loan at relegation-threatened Vitoria Setubal all season. The cash-strapped club did not pay its players for more than three months at the start of 2009.



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