Emmanuel Neuer is the real deal. We get bombarded (usually by websites lie this) with media screaming at us that so and so is the greatest thing since sliced bread. But the Shalke 04 goalkeeper was extraordinary last night. Bayern Munich are very lucky boys.
If he ever wants his confidence ripped to shreds and to put his career back 5 years in weeks he should sign for Tottenham.
Sir Alex Ferguson is evergreen. There was talk of having his blood washed, deals with Satan, but it appears what keeps him going is quality football delivered by a team that play with their hearts and brains in equal measure. He strikes me as a long way from retirement. He’s addicted.
Unlike Harry Redknapp who seems to think not winning is ‘one of them things’.
Financially Rooney is worth whatever the market will stand and that little bit you had put a way for a rainy day. Shalke 04 were revealed to be only as good as their Bundesliga league position, but their collapse was slow and Rooney was a pivotal cog in the machine that broke them down. Great players rise to great occasions.
The contrast with Spurs is of course that Manchester United won’t now return to the league and act like school girls against a bottom six club.
Shalke o4 didn’t slip through. They are a decent side. A very decent side, we ought to see more of them in the future. They were however slowly but surely extinguished by a Manchester United side who are at last beginning to look at home in this tournament and as with their Premiership form, to come good late is no bad thing. United are worthy finalists.
United and Real Madrid have genuinely caught the eye. The air brushed, supposedly pass perfect Barcalona game has its merits but I have a feeling that Los Blancos are on the same path as the Red Devils and the unbelievably overpriced Champions League Final might well be the price of admission after all.