Five years ago tonight (Tuesday), United had work to do to remain in the Champions League, having lost 2-1 to Roma in the first leg of the quarter-final.
Wayne Rooney’s away goal at Stadio Olimpico provided hope but in the end it proved irrelevant as the Reds obliterated the opposition with a seven-goal blitz. Michael Carrick opened the scoring with a wonderful long-ranger and then turned provider with a superb pass in the build-up to Alan Smith's sumptuous volley, as United went ahead on aggregate for the first time. A minute later, Rooney made it 3-0 on the night and by half-time it was 4-0, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal in 26 games in the Champions League proper (he'd previously only scored in a qualifier, vs Debreceni in '05).
After breaking his duck, Ronaldo didn't dally - he struck his second three minutes after the break. Carrick was the other player to complete a brace on this glorious night, by curling a shot into the top corner. 6-0 up after 60 minutes and United still weren't finished - after Daniele de Rossi netted a consolation goal, Patrice Evra opened his European account to make the final score unforgettably United 7-1 Roma, 8-3 on aggregate.