Manchester United put on an impressive display against Roma last night in the Champions League, drawing 1-1 with the team currently ranked second in Italy. The team that went to Rome was much changed from the one that faced Derby at the weekend in their 4-1 win. With United already through to the next round of the Champions League, Ferguson saw the perfect opportunity to give experience to some of our younger players. Pique, Simpson, Eagles and Evans were all amongst the starters, with Dong making an appearance from the bench.
Wayne Rooney has been pestering Sir Alex Ferguson for some time about taking the captain’s armband, and last night, finally he was granted his wish.
“It was fantastic to captain the team, and I think it was a good result and a good performance,” he said. “We’d love to win the Champions League this season. Hopefully we can go one step further than last year and reach the final.”
The United captain was impressed with the performance in Rome, particularly from the young players. “It’s a great experience for them to get Champions League football under their belts,” he said. “I’m sure it will have helped them a lot. Pique, Evans and Simmo did really well. They have great ability and bright futures ahead. As a team I thought we did very well and got off to a great start, putting them under a lot of pressure. Gerard Pique scored a great goal and we had a couple of chances in the second half to win it. We kept going after they scored and in the end a draw was probably a fair result.”
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