I went to Old Trafford to see Man Yoo v Roma last night. I went as a prawn sandwich munching guest of Robert Levy, one of the nicest lawyers you could ever meet, so contributed fully to the somnolent atmosphere that so irks United fans and players of a certain persuasion. These Champions League games can be very tense tactical affairs and last night was no exception.
What struck me more than anything about the game was how rigid Roma stuck to a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Totti on his own up front. Until Tevez came on, they had the game locked down, really. Two shocking misses near the end would have been grossly unfair, but Roma and their tiny band of fans would have been happy to go home with pride intact and front teeth still in place.
After last year's bother it was no surprise to note that there were no Italian fans in the city centre yesterday.