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Champions League 2011: Manchester United's Road To The Wembley Final vs Barcelona

May 16, 2011 By Angela Asante
Manchester United will be competing in their third UEFA Champions League final in 4 seasons on May 28, 2011. How did the Reds make it to Wembley to face Barcelona? Live Soccer TV recaps their journey.

Edwin van der Sar and Rio Ferdinand have contributed in maintaining a strong defence for Manchester United in the 2011 UEFA Champions League.Champions League 2011: Few Goals, Strong Records

Manchester United’s run in the group stages of the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League produced the following statistics: 3 away matches, 3 away victories; 6 matches played and only 7 goals scored but also 1 goal conceded and up to 5 clean sheets.

Thanks to these numbers, Manchester United comfortably grabbed tickets to feature in the Round of 16. Like Barcelona, they successfully went through the group stages unbeaten. Like Barcelona, they also clinched 14 point out of a possible 18.

 

Manchester United’s biggest victory in Group C occurred away to Bursaspor as they trounced their counterparts 3-0 in November 2010. In other games, they had to settle for narrow 1-0 wins.

This was the case against Valencia in Spain, Rangers in Scotland and Bursaspor at Old Trafford. See Manchester United’s results in the group stages of the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League:

September 14, 2010: Manchester United 0-0 Rangers
September 29, 2010: Valencia 0-1 Manchester United
October 20, 2010: Manchester Unite 1-0 Bursaspor
November 2, 2010: Bursaspor 0-3 Manchester United
November 24, 2010: Rangers 0-1 Manchester United
December 7, 2010: Manchester United 1-1 Valencia

Champions League 2011: From Lame To Super Energized In The Knock-Out Stages

It all started slowly for Manchester United in the knock-out stages as they commenced with an unconvincing goalless draw away to French giants Olympique Marseille. Where was the spark of the Rooney-Nani combination gone?

Well, fans didn’t have to wait too long to see Manchester United’s frontline work to their expectations. At Old Trafford, it was a different story. A strong mentality from the Red Devils was rewarded by an important 2-1 victory over Marseille. Thanks to a crucial double from Chicharito, Sir Alex Ferguson could celebrate yet another win on home soil in Europe and another qualification into the quarter-finals.
 


The stage was then designed for Wayne Rooney to star when Manchester United affronted London survivors Chelsea at the Bridge. In a controversial game, the Red Devils came out on top with a vital 1-0 win. The rest of the story in the return leg can be watched below through the video highlights:
 

 
At that point, Wembley seemed to be only finger tips away from Manchester United’s reach. Schalke 04 posed almost no threat to the Reds. United simply proved to be the better side in each of their semi-finals leg. Wayne Rooney provided the dynamite in Germany. The rest of the squad made the explosion at the Theatre of Dreams. Watch video highlights of Manchester United’s second leg victory against Internazionale’s giant killers Schalke 04:
 

 

Champions League 2011: Manchester United’s Knockout Stages Results

Round of 16 Tie

February 23, 2011: Olympique Marseille 0-0 Manchester United
March 15, 2011: Manchester United 2-1 Olympique Marseille

Quarter-finals Tie

April 6, 2011: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United
April 12, 2011: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea

Semi-finals Tie

April 26, 2011: Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester United
May 4, 2011: Manchester United 4-1 Schalke 04

Re-live Barcelona’s road to the Wembley final vs Manchester United too! Live Soccer TV will be there to give you LIVE coverage of the 2011 Champions League final on May 28. Don’t miss one bit of action!


 


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