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Friday, May 6, 2011

United’s Road to Wembley

Now we take a look at how Sir Alex Ferguson's men got to Wembley:

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Group Stages - United were grouped in a relatively easy group, by their standards, consisting of Scotland’s Rangers, Bursaspor from Norway and Valencia. 

United 0-0 Rangers, September 14 2010
The defending Scottish Champions Glasgow Rangers held their more illustrious opponents to a barren draw at Old Trafford.

Valencia 0-1 Manchester United, September 29 2010
Mexican forward Javier Hernandez struck late in the 85th minute to give United their first win at Valencia’s Estadio Mestalla.

Manchester United 1-0 Bursaspor, October 20 2010
United started promisingly when Nani scored only seven minutes into the game but Sir Alex Ferguson’s youthful side could not build on this. The game ended with the solitary goal and took United to the top of the group for the first time.

Bursaspor 0-3 Manchester United, November 2 2010
Three goals in the second half from Darren Fletcher, Gabriel Antoine Obertan and Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, better known as Bebe, were enough to give United an easy win which all but sealed their qualification to the knock out stages.

Rangers 0-1 Manchester United 1, November 24 2010
For the second time, Rangers built a defensive wall to frustrate their opponents but they conceded a penalty in the 85th minute which Rooney converted to give United the win at Ibrox Stadium.

Manchester United 1-1 Valencia, December 7 2010
Brazilian midfielder Anderson cancelled out Pablo Hernández's opener for Valencia to ensure United finished on top of Group C ahead of their visitors.

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Round of 16 - United’s finish at the top of the table saw them being paired against 1993 champions Olympique de Marseille.

Marseille 0-0 Manchester United, February 23 2010
A tightly contested match ended in a barren draw at the Stade Vélodrome as the teams had everything to play for in the second leg.

Manchester United 2-1 Marseille, March 15 2011
United’s summer signing Xavier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez scored a brace on either side of half time to take his team into the quarter-final. Wes Brown scored an own goal eight minutes before end of injury time to cause panic in the Old Trafford defence but they held onto the win. 

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Quarter-Final - United were drawn against Premier League rivals Chelsea

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United, April 6 2011
United registered their first win at Stamford Bridge since 2002 and took control of the all-English quarter-final thanks to a goal by Wayne Rooney in the first half.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea, April 12 2011
Javier Hernandez continued with his fine goal-scoring form when he put United ahead two minutes before half time. Didier Drogba drew level for the Blues in the 77th minute but this only proved to be a consolation goal as South Korean Ji Sung Park drilled the Red Devils into the semis when he scored his team’s second immediately after restart.  

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Semi-finals

Schalke 0-2 Manchester United
Manuel Neuer’s heroics in goal failed to bar United from running 2-0 winners courtesy of a Ryan Giggs goal after 67minutes with Rooney adding the second two minutes later to put the Red Devils on pole.

Manchester United 4-1 Schalke, May 4 2011
A virtuoso performance from the Red Devil’s second string saw them hit four past Schalke’s in-demand keeper Neuer. First-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson and a brace from Anderson in the second half was enough to put Ferguson’s men in the Wembley final where they will meet Barcelona. Jose Manuel Jurado scored the consolation for Ralf Rangnick's men.

Total Goals Scored: 18
Goals Conceded:      4

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Barcelona v Manchester United, 28 May 2011, Wembley Stadium, London, England

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