The elusive Chicharito Hernandez, surely the signing of the season (Rafael Van Der Vaart is the other claimant) slips through unnoticed to score a brace against Marseille. Man Utd did enough to enter the quarterfinals without looking entirely convincing.
Wayne Rooney might be short on goals but he’s finding a role as playmaker. He and Ryan Giggs combined to create the movement leading to Chicharito’s first goal.
Antonio Valencia finally succeeded in his elaborate dance to shift the ball to his dominant right foot for an outlet to Giggs. The midfielder’s perfectly choreographed pass found Chicharito for his second goal.
Wes Brown scored an own goal to make things interesting but Marseille generally lacked initiative. They could have taken advantage of Utd’s extensive re-jiggering of the back four forced on by injuries. The centreback pair of Chris Smalling and Wes Brown looked particularly vulnerable.