hitting United on the break and you sense they’ll be slightly more pleased with the result.
Move of the match Just before the break, Carrick’s forward pass was beautifully cushioned first-time by Rooney into van Persie’s path – but Petr Cech just got to the ball ahead of the Dutchman. Early in the second period, Patrice Evra ran onto Rooney’s inside pass, attempted a one-two with Danny Welbeck and only narrowly failed to reach the striker’s backheeled return. Those two half-openings were symptomatic of a tight game.
In the stands The noise before kick-off was akin to a big European night and it hardly relented all evening. Rooney found himself in the unusual position of having his name sung by both sets of fans, but it was support for Moyes (“Come on David Moyes/play like Fergie’s boys/we’ll go wild, wild wild/we’ll go wild, wild wild”) that made up a big slice of the Stretford End’s repertoire. Even when the action on the pitch didn’t quite live up to the game’s pre-match billing, noise levels still exceeded the usual. Moyes and Nemanja Vidic’s pre-game plea for support certainly didn’t fall on deaf ears.