ROMA 0 UNITED 2 (2007/08)
The Reds had been beaten in the Stadio Olimpico a year earlier, with Paul Scholes sent off on a difficult night that was marred by trouble in the stands. But a year later, they got it incontestably spot-on in the first leg of this quarter-final. Disciplined at the back, creative in midfield, and deadly up front, the Giallorossi were no match for us.
Scholes found some personal redemption with a delicious cross for the opener, which was powered in with brave, brute force by Cristiano Ronaldo, for one of his most memorable United goals.
“You can't deny the boy's confidence and courage,”
said a clearly proud Ferguson. Rooney then tapped home a second after the interval, giving us a comfortable advantage for the return leg in M16, where we'd continue on our path to the first of three Champions League finals in four years.
ARSENAL 1 UNITED 3 (2008/09)
United had built a fearsome, cultured team in the late noughties, that featured the attacking thrust of our best '90s sides allied with a new composure and tactical discipline. We led 1-0 heading into the second leg of this 2009 semi-final, and our experience and big-match mentality soon rose to the fore, as Arsene Wenger's team wilted.