Another Owen Hat-trick On Another German Pitch

Despite having only one natural defender on the field, United overcame a strong Wolfsburg side to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League as group winners.

United were without fifteen of their first choice players and it looked to prove to their disadvantage in the first period as in the third minute Japanese international Haseban broke though the two stand in centre backs Micheal Carrick and Darron Fletcher only for a excellent slide tackle from retreating Carrick relieving United’s number twenty nine- Tomasz Kuszczak from a potential save. Despite being tested from many set pieces, Polish International-Tomaz Kuszczak didn’t concede. As the clock ticked to half-time, United came alive and started to challenge Wolfsburg and Sweden’s number one Benaglio. With a minute remaining one man wanted to make a difference in the score line- Micheal Owen. After an excellent piece of play between Owen and Scholes, the English man sprinted into the box and headed home an excellent cross from Portuguese international Nani even though he was the smallest player in the box.

After a fifteen minute realisation period, the Wolfsburg squad realised that their place in the last sixteen was under threat so Armin Veh’s came out with real menus and started the second half as they did the first with many good chances and just under ten minutes later Veh’s side equalised from an excellent Dzeko header.

Shortly afterwards, United’s injury crisis continued when Nani clutched an ankle after bravely blocking a shot. Although the Portuguese played on for a few minutes, he made way for Antonio Valencia in a double change that also brought Gabriel Obertan on for Welbeck.

This decision would later play a big part for the reds as Obertan played a huge role in United’s next goal. After an excellent build up from Evra, Obertan worked the ball into the Wolfsburg box with real menus. Despite having four defenders around him, the French under twenty one flashed the ball across the sight of goal only for Owen to get his foot to the ball and second goal of the night with only seven minutes remaining.

The Frenchman followed that by passing to the scorer close to the halfway line but really the credit was all Owen’s for goal number three, as he raced into the heart of Wolfsburg’s defence and stabbed a shot beyond the despairing Benaglio.

United although they occasionally looked shaky won ease thanks to their stand in central defenders, Tomasz Kuszczak and last but not least Fergie’s controversial summer signing Micheal Owen but really Wolfsburg were the better side on the night but they just didn’t put their chances away unlike Ferguson’s side.

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