Wayne Rooney turned provider as he setup Javier Hernandez inside 5 minutes to give Manchester United the lead in the tie last night with Marseille.
Between his first and second goal, Marseille’s chances were limited, although Andre-Pierre Gignac could have done better when one-on-one as he harmlessly lofted the ball over Edwin van der Sar’s goal, and Souleymane Diawara had a great opportunity to head home from a corner. Instead, the ball came off the side of his head and well wide. Former United defender Gabriel Heinze also missed with a headed chance.
Javier Hernandez added a second with quarter of an hour to go in what was set to seal the deal, until Wes Brown headed into his own net from a corner with 7 minutes remaining. There were nerves around Old Trafford, but Manchester United held on to progress into the final eight.
Didier Deschamp’s side were poor over two legs and didn’t cause too much threat. But the main talking point after last night’s game has been Javier Hernandez and what a star he’s turning out to be. The young Mexican now has 16 goals in all competitions this season; more than Wayne Rooney but 4 short of Dimitar Berbatov’s tally.
With this strike force, United are well-equipped to lift some silverware come the end of the season. Currently leading the Premier League, in the semi finals of the FA Cup and now into the quarter finals of the Champions League. How many trophies will Manchester United win this season?