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One bad UCL night in Manchester


The sensations of the UEFA Champions League returned last night in Europe as top teams went in search of early glory. Somewhere in Eindhoven, Netherlands, a certain Memphis Depay returns to a familiar ground with some Red Devils with stinging clubs.

It didn't quite go as planned for the visitors early as Luke Shaw went down after diving into a tackle in the PSV area and was hauled off with his right leg broken seemingly in two places. Horrible sights of him groaning in pains as he was being wheeled off may have been banished after Memphis danced through to give United the opener in the 41st minute and could have been two had Chris Smalling been endowed with a finisher's instinct after beating a defender cleverly, his tame effort was blocked back into play.

On the stroke of halftime, Daley Blind deflected Hector Moreno's header past his own goalkeeper to ensure the two teams ended the half at par; it was a befitting result as PSV were well rewarded for their industry and work rate.

Most expensive teenager Anthony Martial offered little upfront in his first start for Manchester United, he fell way short of his magnificent debut, Ashley Young didn't help with fruitless runs and Ander Herrera for once was missing in the middle of the park.

Juan Mata had the best chance of the night for United after being put through excellently by Bastian Schweinsteggar, the pint sized playmaker fired wide when it looked easier to score. He was punished cruelly moments later when Luciano Narsingh connected effectively with a delightful cross which Marcos Rojo should have cut out and headed past DeGea.

Louis Van Gaal threw everything forward but his boy at the other end Phillip Cocu wasn't ready to bulge as PSV saw out United for a famous win in Europe.


Somewhere in Manchester, the twin brother of United were left in disarray after their UEFA Champions League story continues in tragedy.

One team with a solid champions league history but a dreadful Seria A start up against a team with a rampaging league streak but a better forgotten champions league history. With all the investment at the Etihad, it was much expected that the Citizens will blow the Old Lady away in fine fashion, but no they didn't.

The injury to Sergio Aguero handed another start to Wilfried Bony who did nothing to suggest he can fill the void with several wasted chances. Yaya Toure threaded a fine pass to his path just after the half hour mark and the Ivorian can only find the corner flag with Gigi Buffon in no man's land.

It took a Vincent Kompany effort that was helped on by Georgio Chiellini- who returned after painfully missing out on the dream final against Barcelona in May- to hand the host the lead three minutes before the hour. It didn't last long however as Mario Mandzukic found space behind Mangala to peg the hosts back.

After several wasted chances, Alvaro Morata taught the City forwards how to take chances when he curled beautifully past Joe Hart with 9 minutes remaining. Manuel Pellegrini threw caution out the window and introduced Sergio Aguero but there was little the Argentine could do as the visitors heaped more European misery on the Citizens and cast a huge question mark on their credentials.

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