Date: 15th September 2009 at 3:00pm
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Apparently, our lads cannot forget the defeat at Rome. Granted, it was quite sickening: we started excellently, missed two glorious chances then conceded a very soft goal and fell apart. Dwelling on it does not sound very wise but that’s what Patrice Evra does.

“I`m a winner – I like to win – so I still think about what happened in Rome,” he told manutd.com.

“Everybody says we did well last season and we won three trophies, but when you lose the final in the manner we did – we didn`t give a true account of ourselves – it`s very frustrating.

“We didn`t show people the real Manchester United and we were very upset with ourselves. We missed a big opportunity in Rome and that`s a real shame. It killed all my dreams last year.”


Rio Ferdinand, one of the worst players of that night, also admitted that it still feels painful. I’m all for building on painful memories to draw energy but in this case it might not be the best thing to try. I mean the memory of our Leverkusen defeat in 2002 was heartbreaking because we were the better team in that second leg. This time it wasn’t the case.

Evra’s right: we did not give a true account of ourselves. And that’s why we should move on, forget that game, because thinking about Barcelona’s performance will only result in a nice little inferiority complex which is the last thing we need. That was a crap game, forget that, and remember how gloriously we dismantled Arsenal at the Emirates. That should give the confidence for another assault.

Or if we insist on dwelling on the memories of Rome, then take note of the way Ronaldo tried to win that final single-handedly. Thank God nobody would do that this time if we somehow got to Madrid.