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Panel beaten to the punch

A ny reasonable assessment of Manchester United's Champions League win in Valencia last week was that it was a good night in Europe for Alex Ferguson's side.

The winning goal, which came five minutes from time, was scored by Javier Hernandez, after brilliant individual skill from first Nani, and then Federico Macheda.

Watching RTE's post-match analysis, though, was one of those rare occasions with Giles, Dunphy and Brady when you couldn't help but wonder if you had been watching the same game. Or was it the case that an 'editorial line' had been formed before Hernandez's intervention?

Certainly, the criticisms of the performances of Nani and Berbatov, for example, didn't tally what had transpired on the pitch. Sometimes it really is a funny old game.


Sunday Independent