Favourite Football Moments: Manchester United

To celebrate Unibet's Favourite Football Moment competition, Manchester United blogger Chudi Onwuazor recalls the night that Roy Keane dragged the Red Devils to victory in Turin...

Back in April 1999, my beloved Manchester United headed to Turin to face the might of Juventus in the semi-final of the Champions League. A late Ryan Giggs equaliser in the first leg had given us a faint glimmer of hope, but it meant we would have to win in Italy – something we'd never done before.

Things looked bleak early on. Goal-hanger supreme Pippo Inzaghi scored twice to make it 3-1 on aggregate inside 11 minutes, seemingly shattering the dreams of United fans. But at 2-0 down on the night, a seismic shift in momentum was about to occur, all courtesy of an irresistible force...

United were dragged back into the tie by our courageous captain, Roy Keane. The Irishman demonstrated superhuman abilities against some of the world's best on the Stadio Delle Alpi turf. It is testament to Keane's class that not only did he dominate Edgar Davids that night, but he simultaneously nullified Zinedine Zidane too.

In the ITV commentary, I can recall our former boss Ron Atkinson suggesting that the next goal would be the most important of United’s season. And he wasn’t wrong. Midway throught the first period, David Beckham whipped in a corner and Keane powered through a sea of bodies to head past Angelo Peruzzi for 2-1.

That was the crowning moment in a captain’s performance by Keano that night, and while United would go on to win the game 3-2 with Yorke and Cole scoring, it’s Keane’s drive, passion and desire that I most remember.

That Keane would then get a yellow card and subsequently miss the final is one of football’s great injustices, robbing United’s most successful captain of the chance to win the European Cup. But his perfomance that night is still spoken of as one of football’s great individual displays, and rightly so.

Chudi Onwuazor is the editor of Manchester United blog The Busby Way. He will be contributing to Bet.Unibet throughout the 2013/14 Premier League season.

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