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Slick United make light work of Milan

Published: Wednesday 10 March 2010, 22.30CET
Manchester United FC 4-0 AC Milan (agg: 7-2)
Wayne Rooney was again Milan's undoing, scoring at the start of each half as United advanced to the last eight.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Match statistics

Man. UnitedMilan

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners5
 
5
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 10 March 2010, 22.30CET

Slick United make light work of Milan

Manchester United FC 4-0 AC Milan (agg: 7-2)
Wayne Rooney was again Milan's undoing, scoring at the start of each half as United advanced to the last eight.

Manchester United FC marched into the last eight of the UEFA Champions League in emphatic fashion with a 4-0 victory against AC Milan.

Leading 3-2 after the first leg, Sir Alex Ferguson's side tightened their grip on the tie with Wayne Rooney's 13th-minute header before extinguishing Milan's hopes altogether after the restart. Rooney again and then Park Ji-Sung and Darren Fletcher scored to round off a 7-2 aggregate triumph.

The Rossoneri had beaten United in the clubs' four previous two-legged European contests, most recently in 2007 when they overturned a 3-2 first-leg deficit with a handsome 3-0 win at San Siro. Yet a similar comeback at Old Trafford always looked a mountainous task and so it proved, Milan having no answer to the pace, power and purpose of the home side.

Sir Alex had called for "an early goal" in his programme notes and his players wasted no time looking for one. Rooney and Nani both threatened with low shots though it was not all one-way traffic in a lively opening period. Klaas Jan Huntelaar's first touch let him down after Thiago Silva's long pass freed him in front of goal but ultimately the first half was a tale of two headers – one scored, the other missed.

First Ronaldinho skimmed the post after Nani unwittingly flicked a Pirlo free-kick into his path. Five minutes later, Rooney was less profligate as he nodded Gary Neville's pinpoint cross into the far corner. That was his seventh successive headed strike, his first-leg double at San Siro included, extending a remarkable sequence from a player who, prior to 2010, had scored only four with his head in his entire club career.

With their early goal United could sit back and absorb Milan's pressure, which they did effectively, the visitors struggling to penetrate a back line featuring Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić together for the first time in the UEFA Champions League since October. Though Milan had the greater first-half possession United looked just as likely to score. Edwin van der Sar needed two takes to smother an Andrea Pirlo shot but Darren Fletcher was even closer with a shot that missed by a whisker just before the break.

Leonardo sent on Clarence Seedorf at the start of the second half but within 60 seconds, United had their second. Nani's fine pass with the outside of his right foot sent Rooney clear and he beat the advancing Christian Abbiati with the confidence you would expect from a man netting his 30th United goal this season. United made it three on 59 minutes, Paul Scholes's pass picking out Park in space on the right and the winger arrowed a low finish into the far corner.

There were chances for Milan – Huntelaar had missed a free header before Park's goal, while Mathieu Flamini and David Beckham, another substitute, forced saves from Van der Sar. The huge cheer that greeted old favourite Beckham's arrival showed Old Trafford was in party mood, and Fletcher's late header from Rafael's cross was the icing on the cake as Milan slumped to a record-equalling UEFA Champions League defeat. For United, a fourth consecutive quarter-final beckons.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.43CET

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Quotes

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"We got the break with the early goal in the second half and after that we played very well. When we play with that tempo we're difficult to play against"

  • Leonardo

    Read more"We deserved something more in the first leg but this time around United's victory was clearly deserved. They had a brilliant start, scored early on and everything became easier"

At a glance

What happened
Wayne Rooney continued where he left off at San Siro as two goals set United on course for a 7-2 aggregate win, Ji-Sung Park and Darren Fletcher also on target.

Key moment
Rooney's first goal hurt, but his second inside the opening minute of the second period was the clincher, the striker beating Christian Abbiati to Nani's pass.

Numbers game
Milan had won all four of the clubs' two-legged ties down the years but had no answer at Old Trafford and 4-0 is their record-equalling competition defeat.

One on one
Not so much one on one as one on four: the in-form Rooney against the Milan defence. The back line had no answer, the striker moving to 30 goals this term.

Crowd pleaser
With United in charge, the home fans could afford some generosity and saved the biggest cheer of the night for the introduction of former favourite David Beckham.

What it means
United are through to the last eight for the fourth season running, joining Olympique Lyonnais, Arsenal FC and FC Bayern München in the draw in Nyon on 19 March.

Lineups

man. united

Man. United

milan

Milan

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
12
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville (C)
Substitution66
11
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
3
EvraPatrice Evra
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card85
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal13
Goal46
Substitution66
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution64
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Goal59
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
22
BorrielloMarco Borriello
Substitution69
17
NaniNani
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Yellow Card68
Substitution73
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Substitution46
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Goal88
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution66
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
21
RafaelRafael
Substitution66
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution69
23
J. EvansJonny Evans
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution46
26
ObertanGabriel Obertan
15
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
28
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution73
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
32
DioufMame Diouf
32
BeckhamDavid Beckham
Substitution64

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Leonardo (BRA)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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