Manchester United 4 – 0 Charlton Athletic

My last United game at Old Trafford for the forseeable future. :((

With Liverpool poised to pinch second place if United slipped up, we really needed to win the last game of the season. Charlton had nothing much to play for except a bit of pride and a good send-off for Alan Curbishley, leaving after 15 years in charge.

Before kick-off the main talking point was Ruud van Nistelrooy’s bust-up with Fergie after being named as a substitute again. There’s only one winner in these arguments – as Paul Ince, Jaap Stam, David Beckham and Roy Keane learned – so that’s almost certainly the end of Ruud’s United career. 😮

The game itself was quite entertaining. Giuseppi Rossi (aka “Joe Red”), replacing Ruud, looked very lively throughout and had a few good chances. I also have to give credit, for once, to Keiran Richardson; he really looked up for it, hitting the bar with a screamer in the first half before scoring a similar goal late in the game. Saha and Ronaldo both had very good games, grabbing a goal apiece.

The highlight was Paul Scholes coming on as a second half substitute, much to the surprise of those who thought he wouldn’t return from the mystery illness that he was rumoured to have. The crowd were further lifted when Ole Solskjaer also made an appearance later on. :d

The 4-0 win was well deserved today but although the final league table shows only an 8 point gap between United and Chelsea, you can’t help thinking it wasn’t really that close. I’m sure Cheleas had plenty in reserve if needed, even if we hadn’t slipped up against the likes of Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Blackburn and others earlier in the season. [-x

Still, I enjoyed my second-last trip to Old Trafford (I’m not going to Roy Keane’s testimonial match but will be going to the England vs Jamaica game next month) and I have lots of happy memories to take away with me. 🙂