A dip into the archives: Night to forget at the San Siro
AC Milan 3-0 Manchester Utd
Ahead of Tuesday’s game against AC Milan, I think it’s worth reminiscing the last time these two teams met at the San Siro. Let’s set our watches back three years, in a Champions League semi final second leg.
The rain poured sounding like drum rolls when it hit the advertising hoardings. The grey, murky skies up above were a warning of things to come for Manchester United. Here was a game United would rather forget. The Red Devils were well and truly crushed.
United led 3-2 on aggregate before the game but it took just 11 minutes before the scores were level (Milan winning on away goals) as the imperious Kaka had drilled home. Kaka set the tone for a blistering Milan performance where they had dominated the game from start to finish.
Chances were hard to come by for the unwanted visitors, this match a horror movie rather than a European fixture. Clarence Seedorf and Alberto Gilardino piled the misery on United as they were truly outclassed. In fact, Sir Alex could do little to prevent the Milan onslaught and it was damage-limitation more than anything.
Having endured a frustrating night, Man United needed to bounce back and they did. They snatched the league title away from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea but these events at the San Siro can only be truly wiped from history if United are able to overcome Milan on Tuesday night. I promise the next time I do ‘A dip into the Archives‘ I look at a match where Manchester United are on the winning side and not focus on games we’d rather forget such as this one or that Chelsea game a week later.
AC Milan: Dida, Oddo, Nesta, Kaladze, Jankulovski, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Ambrosini, Kaka, Inzaghi
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Brown, Vidic, Heinze, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Rooney.