United got off to a high tempo start attacking Marseille the moment the match started, Fergies men had the hunger in their eyes to move put their French counterparts away early. Barely five minutes into the match and United got the opener after some lovely ball movement which saw Wayne Rooney play a nice pass across the box out the reach of Marseille goalkeeper Stevem Mandanda and it was side footed home by the young Mexican Javier Hernandez to give United a well deserved lead.
The Red’s were doing a nice job passing the ball around the pitch and the movement of the players were causing plenty of problems for Marseille most notably by Chicharito.
It wasn’t completely one way traffic as Marseille were getting chances and could’ve easily had two goals but failed to capitalize on the few chances they got and had to go into the half 1-0 but not out of the tie.
The second half of the match saw Marseille on the front foot and they started creating opportunities to get an equalizer but the United defense were holding their ground. The French outfit continued pushing forward to get an equalizer knowing that if the match finished at 1-1 they’ll be through on the away goals rule.
The match was growing more and more nervy as the scored stayed at 1-0 while the French side were creating chances but the Hernandez looked to have put the tie to bed in the 72nd minute after Ryan Giggs played a ball across the box to the wide open Mexican to slot the ball home.
The tie wasn’t over and Marseille kept pressing forward and got their goal in the 82nd minute when a corner kick was swung in and United defender Wes Brown could only manage to head the ball into his own net. The Reds’ seemed to be a bit off balance from the goal knowing another Marseille goal would mean that they will have to win the match but the Reds’ held on and were able to get their win and move onto the next round where they will most certainly come up against tougher opposition.
It wasn’t a totally joyful night as United’s injury worries continued as they lost both John O’Shea and Rafael Da Silva to hamstring injuries.