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It’s been 11 years since Manchester United’s last UCL title

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Time to talk about that era of dominance from the Sir Alex Ferguson times, it’s been 11 years since that last UCL title against Chelsea in Moscow.

Time to talk a little bit about football history, it’s been 11 years since the first of only two English UCL finals was played between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The era of Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the most dominant in Premier League football, that was the time when the Scottish manager found the real sweet spot in his squad.

Many even believe that despite the incredible era of the Treble days, this Manchester United side was more powerful than the one from the end of the last century.

This squad had Cristiano Ronaldo as the most important player, he was living his best-ever season in English football.

During that term, the Red Devils won the Champions League and the Premier League with 42 goals scored by the Portuguese forward.

The Premier League season gave us a Ronaldo who scored 31 goals in the competition, plus the ones he scored in the continental tournament.

Cristiano arrived at this match with the conviction of helping his squad secure the biggest trophy at club level, he even scored the initial goal that set Manchester United up to win the title.

But they were playing a Chelsea side that is also historic.

Didier Drogba’s terrible mistake.

The Portuguese forward scored his 42nd goal of the season in that final against Chelsea, he elevated himself through the air in order to score a potent header.

This was Manchester United’s goal of the evening, it came from their best player and it appeared to give them the title for a moment.

However, the Blues didn’t give up so easily and Frank Lampard managed to score the equalizer.

The match went all the way into extra time with no big changes in the scoresheet, it appeared that everything would be decided from the spot.

Something that could’ve changed the outcome of this final was Didier Drogba’s actions, he got himself sent off due to an unnecessary fight against Carlos Tevez.

This action prevented Drogba from finishing the match and effectively canceling himself out of the possible penalty-kick takers of the series.

Perhaps things could’ve been different if Didier Drogba had remained with his teammates during this difficult time.

The rest of the Chelsea players had to take this responsibility on their own, without their best offensive player on the pitch.

Ronaldo fails his squad and Terry slips up.

By the time the extra time was finished, we had Manchester United with one more player and Chelsea worried about this penalty shootout.

Destiny wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to suffer during this time, he missed his penalty and left Manchester United at the mercy of the Blues.

Fortunately for him, John Terry also missed because he slipped over the wet grass as he took his shot.

This mistake was the reason that Chelsea failed to win this title, captain Terry was the main culprit for this failure.

It all came down to Nicolas Anelka taking the shot that Didier Drogba should’ve taken, one that Edwin van der Sar saved in order to secure Manchester United the title.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry were inconsolable on the pitch, but over vastly different reasons.

It’s hard to realize that it’s already been 11 years since that magical night in Moscow took place.

That was the very first all-English final in Champions League history.

We will get the second one on June the 1st between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

What do you remember about that first all-English Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.