Manchester United played Valencia to a draw, which secured both clubs advancement into the next round of the competition; with United going through as group leaders and avoiding a second-round clash with Real Madrid, Barcelona, or Chelsea because they will all finish as group leaders. The round of 16 draw will be held December 17th.
Sir Alex gave 20 year-old Ben Amos his Champions League debut and started the Da Silva twins along with Ferdinand and Vidic. Carrick, Anderson, Park and Nani covered the midfield, while Rooney and Berbatov started up top.
United had a chance of handing Sir Alex yet another record, by becoming the only team to go through the group stage without conceding a goal.
After some good chances from both sides, it was a Valencia who would take advantage of a horrible mistake by Michael Carrick. The midfielder tried to play it back to his defender but it was read and intercepted by Dominguez before picking out Pablo, who was unmarked. Pablo made no mistake and finished in the first half hour of the match.
A great chance for United and a spark of brilliance from Wayne Rooney as he cuts in and curls one up and over Guaita but cant beat the crossbar, the ball land for Nani but the Portuguese play-maker hits it wide.
United would trail 1-0 at the half.
United would have to wait 15 minutes into the second half for the equalizer, as Park took a powerful shot from outside the 18 and Anderson ran in for the rebound. You done usually see the young Brazilian on the score sheet, but he was at the right place, at the right time and didnt disappoint.
Now all United had to do was hold on to secure top spot, and they did. United will now face
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