POST-MATCH REACTION THREAD: Manchester United 2-1 Olympique de Marseille

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Javier Hernandez of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Marseille at Old Trafford on March 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United have defeated Olympique de Marseille 2-1 at Old Trafford and the Reds are through to their 5th consecutive UEFA Champions League quarter-final. I'm off to support my local club tonight, Seattle Sounders FC, so I won't be able to get up a tactical review until sometime tomorrow. Feel free to discuss the match here. Here a few quick thoughts from me:

* Wayne Rooney was superb. His range of passing and vision were out of this world tonight. My man of the match

* I like the '4-2-3-1' with Rooney as essentially the playmaker in a central attacking midfielder role.... or withdrawn. This may become our go-to shape in big matches for the remainder of the season. 

* Chicharito's movement was excellent. Clinical finishing once again.

* Scholes controlled this match early in the midfield and United were very fluid throughout the evening.

* We missed Nemanja Vidic badly tonight, Wes Brown was shaky. I'm being nice too.

* The international break can't come soon enough. All three substitutions tonight were forced due to injury and fitness. Sir Alex Ferguson didn't even have the luxury of making a tactical sub. Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael, John O'Shea all injured now. 

* This game was frenetic and full of opportunity. This easily could have been a 3-3 or 4-4 scoreline. 

* Lets cross our fingers that we avoid FC Barcelona. I believe the draw is on Friday for the quarter-final and semi-final

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join The Busby Babe

You must be a member of The Busby Babe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Busby Babe. You should read them.

Join The Busby Babe

You must be a member of The Busby Babe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Busby Babe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker