Lyon 1-1 Man United – 10 Conclusions


21st, February 2008

Man United turned defeat into a draw, with the cushion of an away goal, when Carlos Tevez came off the bench to snatch a late equaliser against Lyon in the Champions League last night.
Here are ten conclusions we gleaned from the game…
1. Changing of the guard?
Fergie went for experience over youth but an ineffective Giggs and Scholes were replaced by Nani and Tevez in the second half – and a loss was replaced by a win.
2. Who’s got the keys to my Benzema?
If Fergie really is interested in the player they’re calling the new Henry then his price went up by a few million after his impressive display and snapshot goal.

3. “Bring out the lay-ser”
Lyon’s secret weapon last night came a la Dr. Evil – a green laser flashed in Ronaldo’s eyes. Could this be why the Portuguese failed in his latest quest for world domination?
4. Unsung hero
Owen Hargreaves proved his ball-winning importance on the European stage with a star turn in midfield – although it will still be the leading roles who get all the critical acclaim.
5. Throwing it back
United tried a cheeky throw-in routine that involved Wes Brown throwing the ball at Giggs’ back while he was face the other way – is that allowed?
6. Boum on song
Surely the player that made two decisive blocks from Wayne Rooney must have been Jean Alain Boumsong’s identical brother? He’s come a long way since Newcastle.
7. Lone Ranger firing blanks
The jury is still out over whether Wayne Rooney can play on his own up front – exceptional against Arsenal but only average last night.
8. Peer group pressure
The referee was talked into giving Owen Hargreaves a yellow card after being swarmed by aggrieved Lyon players.
9. Leave it!
If Rooney hadn’t have touched in Tevez’s goal bound header from an offside position, the goal would have stood.
10. A tight game
Why is everyone wearing those tight fitting, long-sleeved vests under their shirts?

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