September 18, 2008

Manchester United Starts Title Defense Campaign with a Dismal Draw against Villarreal in Champions League

Manchester United got off to a dismal start in their title defense in Champions League as the red Devils were held to a goal less draw by Spanish side Villarreal at Old Trafford last night. Despite having home advantage and winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to action, Manchester United could not show any improvement in their recent poor form that saw them losing to Liverpool at Anfield last week.

Manchester United clinched a prestigious ‘double’ including premier league and Champions League titles last season, but their performance so far this season is really disappointing. United could manage only 4 points from their opening three matches in Premier league, and now they have started their title defense campaign in Champions League with a frustrating draw.

With Ronaldo back in action, it was expected that Manchester United might also appear with their prime form in the match, but even after Ronaldo had come on as a substitute in the second half, United could not pose any serious treat to the visiting side. Manager Alex Ferguson thinks that Manchester United lacks sharpness and clinical finishing at this moment. United boss also tried to provide with some hope to the fans saying that Manchester United took some time get back their prime form in the previous seasons.

In their pursuit to become the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to defend the Champions League title successfully, Manchester United must improve their recent form and has to play at their best this season, given the current form of Chelsea and Liverpool. Villarreal was the runner up in La Liga last season, ahead of Barcelona and they are looking good this season too. I think, the Spanish side has a good chance to get into the next stage of the tournament.

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