The biggest game of the season, quite remarkably, turned into a walk in the park. For a change, the superiority in class did show up in the final score card as well.It was a great team performance and besides the first 5 minutes, Arsenal never really threatened and there was never a hint they had a fight in them. It was quite bizarre, especially if you consider how Wenger was talking them up in the build up. The crowd seemed up for it as well, but it was quite pathetic that most of them left way before the final whistle.
Fergie persisted with the same team as in the first leg, the only change being Park coming in for Tevez. I didn't mind that and I think playing away from home with a goal advantage, you should only take so many risks. Once again, our midfield trio really ran over them all over the park. That's where the game was won. With Rio and Vidic rock solid at the back, the result was never in doubt once Ronaldo had scored a 40 yard scorcher. We used the ball very effectively and I haven't seen a more mature United team in my years of following the club.
Of course, this being United, everything can't be perfect. The ref had a howler in sending Fletcher off. Where is the common sense? At 4-0 up on aggregate, it's a dead game, even if you have to award a penalty, who is going to complaint if you don't show the red?And I am not even arguing whether it was a penalty in the first place or not. It's a terribly bad call - one that is so harsh on Fletcher. He must truly be gutted but all the fans totally appreciate his role in getting us to the final. There's a slight chance of the referee noting this as a mistake in his match report - but I won't be holding my breath!
Overall, a great day and now no matter who wins tomorrow, we should enjoy the ocassion and play like we do in Rome. There's a small matter of ensuring the title first - more on the Manchester derby soon.