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Crumpled in a beer-soaked ball on the floor near the trashcan lay Correspondent Ed's notes from the first leg of Manchester United vs. Real Champions League match. Luckily for you, we found them:
o That's a ridiculous call on RVP. Ramos should get a post-match yellow for acting.
o United not ready to play yet; lucky not a goal.
o Great save by De Gea
o Rafael horrific so far.
o Fergie started Evans because he can run better than Vidic, who's a few paced too slow right now
o The first half was a half without any center midfielders
o Gus Johnson on FOX did a lot of homework but doesn't know the game. There are lots of words that could be used to describe Real Madrids first half, but "patient" isn't one if them.
o Yes RVP does cross with the left foot. This shouldn't be surprising, Gus
o Gus has now described Danny Welbeck as a very patient player. I think he just likes that word. It's "soccery."
o Ref also terrible. Patrice Evra deserved a free kick and the defender an orange card, it was so close to red
o De Gea has played his best game as a pro
o Welbeck was terrific
o RVP missed one. He waited until the Champions League to do that
o Giggs is back!
o The ref has been awful all day
o That wasn't a cross, that was a pass. Amazing save by De Gea again
o Real look the better team. Modric has added stability and possession to the middle for Real
o Giggs one time!! Could've had one!
o Giggs just stole the ball made a great move and was fouled. Wow he's still good; too bad he's almost 40...
o Pepe the punk has entered. I wonder if he will cleat anyone today like he did to Messi when he was outclassed on the pitch.
o An exhausted Wayne Rooney is removed for Anderson. United still need a center midfielder. How good would Dembele be on this team? Sorry, but spurs got him, Fergie....
o Ramos down again and gets another cheap yellow.
o 1-1 is a United win if they can hold on
o Gus Johnson was only mildly annoying. A few mistakes and, of course, added nothing. Memo to FOX: there will be no more viewers because of him, only more people turning down the sound.
o Anderson as bad as advertised and almost makes a mistake that lets one in
o Best footwork on United belongs to RVP, who almost steals a late one with a great volley
o The whistle ends the game before the corner kick is taken? Really? That ends a day of awful officiating
o FOX is really trying to dumb down the commentary. Only Brian McBride was any good. Mario Melchiot? Really? Eric Wynalda was his typical awful; and Rob Stone still stuck performing his best Chris Berman impersonation
o The rematch at United will be better to watch as United will show more attacking intent
This is farlieonfootie for February 16.