Champions League semi-final first leg
Old Trafford, 24 April 2007
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 (1)
Ronaldo 6; Rooney 59, 90
AC MILAN 2 (2)
Kaka 22, 37
United: van der Sar; O'Shea, Brown, Heinze, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Ronaldo; Rooney, Giggs
Milan: Dida, Oddo, Nesta, Maldini (Bonera 46), Jankulovski, Gattuso (Brocchi 52), Ambrosini, Pirlo, Seedorf, Kaka, Gilardino (Gourcuff 84)
A late, late strike from Wayne Rooney gave United a memorable win in this semi-final first-leg. Let's not mention the second...
In a nutshell: A fortnight after thumping AS Roma 7-1, United welcomed Italian opposition to Old Trafford once again. There were less goals this time, but the game was just as thrilling. Indeed, an injury-time winner from Wayne Rooney almost lifted the roof off the stadium at the end of a see-sawing match.
Key moment: After a masterful first-half display from Milan’s Kaka had first drawn the visitors level and then put them in front, a United victory looked unlikely. But a piece of Paul Scholes magic – an impudent scoop over the Milan defence – played in Wayne Rooney for the equaliser on 59 minutes.
Star man: A big European night usually means a big performance from Darren Fletcher. And that’s exactly what the Scot produced on this occasion, even when faced with Milan enforcer Gennaro Gattuso. Oh, and two-goal hero Wayne Rooney wasn’t too bad either…
We said: "I told the players at half-time to persevere with their football and to keep playing with speed because that would be the difference. Once we got the