With 15 minutes to go, things looked to be going according to plan for Manchester United in their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men went into the closing stages with a 1-0 lead, however they now leave the Allianz Arena with a 2-1 defeat and a massive injury scare.
The evening got off to the perfect start for the visitors when Wayne Rooney (who we’ll talk more about later) volleyed home from all of two-yards with just over a minute on the clock.
Despite taking the early lead, United failed to maintain their bright start and as the game went on, Bayern began to get a foothold in the game. The much sought-after Franck Ribery was terrorising the United defence, in particular, Gary Neville, who simply couldn’t keep up with the Frenchman at times.
Bayern grabbed a deserved equaliser with just under a quarter of an hour remaining when a fairly poor free-kick from Ribery was deflected beyond Edwin Van Der Sar in the United goal. Once they brought the scores level, the German giants knew there was another goal in the game for them if they wanted.
It was Ivica Olic who got the winner with just seconds remaining. The Croatian, who, in my opinion, plays like an older Carlos Tevez, capatilised on some slack United defending to calmly finish past Van Der Sar, who was arguably the man of the match on the night.
So the game finished 2-1 and Bayern now go into the second-leg at Old Trafford with every chance, however I am sure United fans will be just as concerened about their only world class player. Rooney was helped off by the United medical staff after he went over on his right ankle in the build-up to the winning goal for Bayern.
Despite several sites claiming this evening that Rooney has suffered ankle ligament damage, it is impossible to tell how long Rooney will be out for but I know one thing is for sure. If he doesn’t play against Chelsea on Saturday, United will struggle big time.