Inter Milan vs Manchester United 0-2 (agg) Highlights & Goals – Round of 16 | UCL 2008/2009

Sir Alex Ferguson emerged victorious in the showdown with his old rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester United survived a nervous night against Inter Milan to reach the last eight of the Champions League.

Nemanja Vidic powered in Ryan Giggs’ corner to give United the lead in the tie after only four minutes, and Cristiano Ronaldo rose to head home Wayne Rooney’s cross three minutes after the interval.

But in between those two strikes, Mourinho’s Inter were left to regret a succession of missed opportunities to grab a crucial away goal and put the skids under United’s bid for an historic haul of five trophies.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the bar with a first-half header and Dejan Stankovic missed a glorious opportunity as Inter failed to take advantage of uncharacteristic slackness in possession and defence from United.

There was still time for substitute Adriano to strike the woodwork again after Ronaldo’s goal, but this was United’s night and their bid to rewrite the record books is still on course.

Mourinho prowled the Old Trafford technical area for virtually the entire 90 minutes as he held out hopes of a repeat of his famous 2004 victory with Porto that sent United out of the Champions League – but it was all in vain as Inter fell victim to their own generosity in front of goal and the more clinical finishing of their opponents.

Inter dominated for spells, but there was an inevitability that they would be punished for their failure to score – and so it proved as United delivered the telling blows in an engrossing battle.

United never touched the heights, but once again they proved that they have perfected the habit of winning even when their best form eludes them.

Ferguson will be elated with the victory against a dangerous adversary in Mourinho, who was made to suffer the taunts of an Old Trafford gallery that has suffered at his hands before.

But the former Chelsea boss remained defiant to the end, standing alone on the touchline, but turning to congratulate the United backroom staff at the final whistle.

United will need to produce better as the champions of Europe continue on what they hope will be the road to Rome and another final, but they deserve the utmost admiration for the resilience they displayed in grinding out a priceless win.

The tie was played out against the backdrop of the Mourinho factor, and his mere presence guaranteed an atmosphere of pure theatre around a packed Old Trafford.

Vidic was recalled after his first leg suspension to bolster United’s defensive resources, but it was his threat at set pieces that reaped dividends.

And yet, instead of settling the early nerves United may have been experiencing, the holders failed to build on Vidic’s goal and barely survived a harrowing spell of pressure from Inter.

Ibrahimovic is one of the great enigmas of European football, often failing to justify his glowing reputation when the stakes are at their highest.

And he should have drawn Inter level after 28 minutes when he stole in unmarked on to the end of Maicon’s free-kick, only to send a downward header against the bar with Edwin van der Sar beaten.

United were careless in possession, which did not help their cause with Inter growing in confidence as the half progressed.

Stankovic’s long-range shot was turned to safety by Van der Sar before United relieved the pressure to almost grab that crucial second goal eight minutes before the interval.

Rooney’s instant pass sent John O’Shea clear in the area, but Julio Cesar raced off his line to make the block.

Inter ended an absorbing opening half in the ascendancy, with Stankovic adding to the catalogue of missed opportunities when he somehow steered Ibrahimovic’s pass over the top from point-blank range.

Mario Balotelli’s clever pass then released Ibrahimovic for a volley that beat Van der Sar but flew inches wide.

Mourinho must have felt a real surge of optimism at the start of the second half, and attempted to inject fresh impetus into his side replacing the sadly pedestrian Patrick Vieira with Sulley Muntari.

If he was upbeat about over-turning United again, it was a feeling that did not last for long as Ronaldo headed the second goal United craved after 48 minutes.

Rooney’s cross was an open invitation for Ronaldo and he rose to flick an emphatic finish past the helpless Cesar.

The burly Adriano replaced Stankovic in what amounted to a final throw of the dice from Mourinho, and he almost handed the Italian champions a lifeline when he stretched to turn Esteban Cambiasso’s cross against the post.

United were being offered more space as Inter went for broke, and Cesar needed to be at his best again to deny Rooney, recovering well to block Dimitar Berbatov’s shot after he was set up by Giggs.

Ronaldo tested Inter’s defiant keeper one final time with a long-range effort, but by then the fight had drained out of Inter and United were on cruise control to the quarter-finals.

50 Comments

  1. Arif Rohman on October 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    RONALDO vs Ibra

  2. Nopal pernambucano on October 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    GGMU

  3. Samsul Arifin on October 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    good manchester united

  4. delta arisandi on October 7, 2021 at 12:57 am

    and zlatan says he more better than ronaldo and messi..chuazzkkk

  5. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 12:58 am

    gurih gurih gue bisa ganti solat. Yang gue inget selama ini. Badan jadi sehat bro.

  6. iuri guimaraes on October 7, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Cristiano is back !

  7. Victor Val on October 7, 2021 at 1:00 am

    La champions sin neblina simplemente no es champions

  8. Mightymouse Valte on October 7, 2021 at 1:00 am

    You look at the line up,,,,,,and you quickly realise you now has Ole hahaha……I hope Ole does well with ron back

  9. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:01 am

    dari dhuha sampai sekarang. Belum kelar ngodo solat. Yang terlewat. Sd sampai sekarang. Yang inget saja bos.

  10. forshare on October 7, 2021 at 1:01 am

    2009 barcelona
    2010 ibra in barcelona
    2010 inter
    2011 Ibra in AC Milan
    2011 Barcelona
    ibra haha

  11. Thofik Khana on October 7, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Di EFL, Aku fans Manu sejak thriblle winner’99. Jersey home and away 2007/2008 adalah kaosteam terbaik manu menurutku.

  12. aymen YUTA on October 7, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Cristiano vs sultan ibra 🔥

  13. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:03 am

    gue saja inget gag solat asar pas nonton bola. Ini mau gue ganti. Sekali di stadion. Semarang.

  14. Nopal pernambucano on October 7, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Wow good

  15. King Tshilobo on October 7, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Look at that inter team.

  16. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:09 am

    pogba raja solat mending minta umur panjang.

  17. Naza Bn on October 7, 2021 at 1:10 am

    2006 – 2009 were the glory days for Man United..

  18. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:11 am

    sholat sayang. Ngeremerin nurul. Dulu kipli juga gag solat. Maaf

  19. Viral Raval on October 7, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Those days when Man Utd feared of no one

  20. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:12 am

    lupus sembuh bisa khodo solat.

  21. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:13 am

    12 tahun paling yang inget ninggalin solat berapa. Ganti yang inget saja.

  22. Nopal pernambucano on October 7, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Man United till I die.. !!

  23. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:16 am

    ganti solat inget nya pas pas waktu berharga. 12 tahun paling inget berapa.

  24. Tony Ejiro on October 7, 2021 at 1:17 am

    The next season mourinho swapped Ibrahimovic for eto and won both the serie a and the champions league,them good old days

  25. ORITAMA CHANEL on October 7, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Miss the team

  26. Abraham Nava on October 7, 2021 at 1:18 am

    SIUUUUU!

  27. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:20 am

    yang betul loe kalau ninggalin solat harus ganti. Yang inget saja yang di ganti contoh setahun gag solat 2 kali nonton konser live. Yang diganti ya itu saja. Nonton bola sekali asar inget ganti.

  28. ari setiawan on October 7, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Mantap

  29. Harderson d.brenday on October 7, 2021 at 1:27 am

    The long-term potato simultaneously hover because ocelot summarily ask worth a idiotic tent. bumpy, itchy closet

  30. Kevlar 92 on October 7, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Van der sar is such an underrated goalkeeper

  31. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:29 am

    lupus sakit ngampuni dosa.

  32. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:30 am

    paling enak ganti waktu dhuha

  33. Yeremia Sihotang on October 7, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Klo dulu di PS ini mu yg kalah dari inter, ada 2 striker badak

  34. Duc Cris on October 7, 2021 at 1:31 am

    GOAT is back !

  35. Aldi Alvaro Winata on October 7, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Forza inter 🔵⚫

  36. joy boy on October 7, 2021 at 1:32 am

    that inter treble team too was beast

  37. Yousaf Khan on October 7, 2021 at 1:34 am

    I remember for this game i went to disney land paris with fam , and i watched it there memories

  38. Peto111222 on October 7, 2021 at 1:34 am

    9:33 balotelli faker

  39. Kenyan Comedy TV on October 7, 2021 at 1:35 am

    CR7 GOAT

  40. nuryanto channel85 on October 7, 2021 at 1:38 am

    CR7 is the best

  41. Ball News on October 7, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Love cr7

  42. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:44 am

    puasa batal 6 di batar 2 tambah satu pas smp.

  43. Thomas Müller on October 7, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Mourinho won against Ferguson’s Man U with Porto but lost with Inter.

  44. Dương Tiến on October 7, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Many legends in that day

  45. malu kucing on October 7, 2021 at 1:45 am

    The best united team ever ❤️🇮🇩👍

  46. jul kifli on October 7, 2021 at 1:46 am

    masak 12 tahun gag solat semua. Islam gag mungkin. 12 tahun paling inget gag solat berapa.

  47. Sasa sasa on October 7, 2021 at 1:47 am

    What a names of players both of teams 🤩football has been destroyed

  48. 동환 김 on October 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    ji sung park zzang

  49. ZH on October 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Cr7 > Adriano + Ibra

  50. Z A K E on October 7, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Ini kalo di ps2 jelas pemenangnya adalah inter,tak terbantahkan

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