Date: 6th April 2009 at 10:25am
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The delirium of yesterday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa can still be felt – and most of the praise, rightly, goes Federico Macheda’s way. And the other man who made a crucial contribution to the game is overshadowed, even overlooked – and that’s something he’s not used to.

I’m talking about Cristiano Ronaldo of course who has scored two brilliant goals – and has done bugger all apart from that. How strange is that… I found his attitude quite disturbing, he’s just too afraid of physical duels which is a novelty, for his courage was always one of his greatest strengths, whatever his critics might say.

But in the end it was his equaliser, which he created out of nothing, that put us back on the way, which was the bedrock of the bedlam of the last 10 minutes. Without that piece of brilliance United would never have mustered the momentum required to blow Villa away in that final stage of the game. So while Macheda richly deserves all the plaudits, a quiet thanks should be said to Ronaldo as well…