Manchester United

March 12, 2009

Manchester United stayed on course to retain their Champions League title by grinding out a 2-0 win over Inter Milan to reach the last eight on Wednesday.

Headed goals early in each half by Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo sent United through after the first leg in the San Siro had ended 0-0 and kept them on course to win five major trophies this season.

It was not a vintage performance from United but there was to be no repeat of Inter coach Jose Mourinho’s victory jig down the line which greeted his Porto side’s late winner at Old Trafford five years ago.

The Portuguese, who had previously lost only once in 13 meetings with United’s Alex Ferguson, watched his side strike the woodwork twice and Inter wasted several other good chances.

After the deadlock in Milan, United knew that any mistakes could prove fatal but their nerves were quickly settled as Vidic put them ahead after four minutes.

The big Serbian defender lost his marker as Ryan Giggs delivered a corner and thumped a header past Julio Cesar.


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