Ronaldo left the field last night with blood pouring from his face. The most fouled player in the Premiership 06-07 underwent a few loose challenges before finally he was elbowed in the face by Vucinic. The Roma player’s elbow clashed with Ronaldo just above the eye, and our winger claims it was done on purpose.
In the post match interview, Fergie said, “I did not see it but Cristiano said he was elbowed. He had four stitches in his eyebrow. It was unfortunate because the game was played in a good spirit and there was a good atmosphere.”
Ferguson has called for protection already this season, claiming Ronnie is unfairly targetted by the opposition, being punished for being too good. Maybe Ronaldo can have some sympathy for the United fans who were subjected to the violence of Roma last season. For all their talk of revenge, Roma couldn’t find the back of the net, so took out their frustration on our lads.
United started to play some proper football again last night, and whilst Roma created enough good chances to warrant a draw, we were again solid at the back. Playing without Brown and Van der Sar did not spoil our clean sheet tally for the season, despite playing against arguably our toughest opponents so far. Rio Ferdinand made an incredible tackle and block towards the end, working hard, as always, to keep the three points.
Perfect start to our Champions League campaign so far. We are taking it easy, whilst starting to turn on the class. The one touch passes and through balls were refreshing to see, after going some time without playing football the United way. Rooney took his goal so well, and hopefully this will open the flood gates on his scoring. His European goals are really starting to mount up now.
The only misery of the evening was the absent Hargreaves, who was tipped to make a return to the first team. Reports today suggest it wil be a further month before he plays again, leaving us with great frustration after seeing how much he was capable of, which he showed particularly against City.
Onwards and upwards. Six points from six is just the start we need this season, and I feel confident about us retaining top spot in the group. Follow, follow, follow, cos United are going to Moscow.
Was Ronaldo’s injury accidental?