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Manchester United

Man U were masterful at Porto, playing in the more conservative Continental style Ferguson adopts in important European matches. It was a relief after the dip in form of recent weeks. The other good news (if you’re a United fan) is that Christiano Ronaldo is back scoring goals in important matches. Love him or hate him (a Mancunian I met in Barcelona referred to him as a “grease ball”), he makes Berbatov and Rooney seem ordinary. Anderson (pictured), Carrick, and Evra all had fine games. Only Scholes and Nani seemed a bit out of place when they emerged from the substitutes bench. (By the way, I saw the game on Russian television, which was a gas. Now I know how to pronounce Berbatov’s name properly.)

I’m looking forward to the FA Cup match this weekend. Everton are very difficult to break down, but I think Rooney, Tevez, or Ronaldo will find a way. Go Big Red! Oh wait. That’s the Nebraska football team’s slogan. Let’s make that, Go Red Devils!