Ten years ago today, Manchester United produced one of the great Champions League performances in a 7-1 demolition of Roma at Old Trafford.
The first-leg of the quarter-final had ended in a 2-1 defeat for United, with Paul Scholes sent off in the first half for two bookable offences in a game also marred by violent clashes between the two sets of supporters in Rome.
Scholes saw red after only 34 minutes and Roma went on to take the lead through Rodrigo Taddei, though Wayne Rooney equalised on the hour mark with his first goal in the competition since his debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce.
Mirko Vucinic came off the bench to grab the winner for the hosts, but the feeling after the match was that Rooney’s away goal had given Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a fighting chance of qualifying for the final four.
A 1-0 win in the return leg would have been enough for United, but nobody could have predicted what was to come at the Theatre of Dreams.
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