Manchester United FC Vs. Marseille, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Strong Defending Denies United Second Goal

Wayne Rooney being free in the area is the stuff of nightmares for most defenders, so when the striker wiggled free of Souleymane Diawara and found himself in space just metres from Steve Mandanda's goal, Marseille fans should ahve been expecting the worst. However, instead of shooting, the England international opted for a pass to Javier Hernandez, which ended up being cut out. If it hadn't been dealt with, a repeat of the first goal was on the cards. Rooney really ought to have shot there, he had the beating of Mandanda easily.

Hernandez isn't exactly well known for his defensive capabilities, but he launched a counterattack thanks to an excellent sliding interception the next time Marseille went forwards, picking up the ball and pinging it to Nani. That riposte is eventually wasted, and we now go back to what's turned into a very open game. The next goal will settle things, I'm thinking - who wants it more?

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