Ronaldo’s dream of winning the quintuple ends as Everton kick Man Utd in FA Cup semis

It was the turn of Manchester United’s younger lads to prove their worth on Sunday afternoon after Ferguson opted to rest most of his big guns. Players such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and even Cristiano Ronaldo were out of the squad that had to face David Moyes’ hungry Toffees.

Quite a questionable decision there from the 67-year-old Scot, but this is all what the thousands of supporters that had empty their wallet to witness United’s glory could see: young players surrounded by some big names like Ferdinand and Vidic with the task of keeping the hopes of an unprecedented quintuple alive by ousting Everton to reach the FA Cup final.

The story could have been different if Mike Riley had awarded Manchester United a penalty when Danny Welbeck was fouled inside the box. But the referee wrongly decided that the play should go on, allowing the game to go all the wire to extra time and penalties.

Unfortunately though for the Red Devils, this game of lottery did not favor them this time round. Manchester United had the better of luck against Chelsea in the Champions League final, against Portsmouth in the Community Shield and, against Tottenham in the Carling Cup final at Wembley, but not this time.

Everton’s Tim Cahill missed the first kick of the penalty shootout as he sent the ball over the cross bar, however this didn’t prove as costly to Everton as it could have been.

Berbatov’s low drive was easily saved by Tim Howard, meaning that the Bulgarian had wasted Manchester United’s first penalty kick. Ferdinand suffered the same fate and though Vidic and Anderson converted their penalties, it was the Merseyside Blues that celebrated at the end of it all with Jagielka scoring the winner.

So Manchester United are out of the FA Cup again but the challenge for the Premiership and Champions League titles are still alive…

Written by: Angela Asante

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    • Sylvester
      20th April 2009

      For not playing some of the big squad and even Ronaldo, I wondered if Fergie was really looking forward to clinch the FA Cup. A win could have enriched Ronaldo’s hope and made CRF happier. Ronaldo must be unhappy but…he is still Cristiano…

    • Fashion-Mama
      20th April 2009

      well thats because Cristiano Ronaldo, Van Der Sar,Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Nani wasn’t playing…..

    • Admin
      20th April 2009

      Yeah, you’re all right! Let’s hope United clinch both the EPL and the Champions League of course!!!


    • Adrian
      21st April 2009

      Yeah but they were rested for the Poursmouth game.If they lose this one Liverpool gets in the 1st place in the league with 2 points over Man U.Tomorrow they have no excuse not winning against Poursmouth!Hope Ronaldo will be in top-form and score 1 or 2 goals for the RedDevils!Anywai,everyone forgot about messi?All that i hear on youtube is Ronaldo`s thunderbolt against Porto.
      Messi is nothing!A loser who want`s to be noticed!Ronaldo is 2 classes over Messi!
      Ronaldo the best!Viva Ronaldo,Viva Ronaldo!!

    • Diana
      21st April 2009

      Poor Crisitiano, I know he and the team must be a little down, but it’s okay. I’m sure wining the Champion’s League and Premiership will make it all better. xD


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