Man Utd v Barça (comment)By: Sam | April 23rd, 2008
A Euclidian footballing howto was provided by Barcelona as Man Utd showed exquisite discipline to draw nil at Camp Nou.
Man of the Match: Patrice Evra, for not letting Messi get behind him.
Total football. Genius football.
United sat 8 or 9 men goal-side with no pressure or lunging, enabling Barça to pass crisply to feet in equilateral, congruent and every style of flowing triangle in the geometry book.
Despite, like, 65% ball possession, Barça hardly gave van der Sar a worry — except for a late wobbler Henry was able to body-swerve & tee up for his right foot from the left corner of the box.
We enjoyed the forward penetrating passes up to a posting Samuel Eto’o’s feet late in the match as Barça looked to be dialing in the measure. Iniesta, Messi (who came off at the hour), Xavi and Yaya Toure’ (Kolo’s brother) are delightful to watch in their efficiency.
No one with United looked pretty, but not one stepped out of Sir Alex’s conservative game-plan. The heart-muscle tightened in the 70th minute when United started to turn the screw to pressure the ball more aggressively.
Ronaldo’s early penalty miss was meaningless, part of the warm-up. Although it reflects the rot setting in: C-Ron is about to go fully off the boil because his head is so full of his own sublime skill at falling down and raising his hand. Worthless greaser. Teddy Shearingham for Ballon d’Or!
Manchester United 0 – 0 Barcelona
What a game! (I am not being facetious.)
Read Daryl’s LiveBlog of the match for the minute-by-minute.