degeasave2 GIF: David De Geas Matrix esque sliding kick save v Real Madrid

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The hype for these matches can be terrifying. The commercials, commentary and highlights make it seem like God and Satan are going to square off again. It’s all a bit much and the hyperbole cheapens most results.

But today… Today, was everything a game of this stature should be. The first half hour was as intense and exciting as you’ll see in any competition. Di Maria and Khaderia looked like the guns of the Navarrone as they welcome De Gea back to Spain. Coentrao couldn’t believe      De Gea got to his shot in time to bounce it off the inside post.

Just when it looked like United were going to get run out, Danny Welbeck scored a stunning header. With Valencia on the sideline, I was convinced Mourinho had won the selection battle but it’s hardly my place to question the red face Scottish genius.

Ronaldo wasn’t to be outdone and scored against his old “family.” The jump was straight out of starship troopers. He looked like he could’ve stayed up there until the ball crossed his path. Ferguson is right, Ronaldo’s only gotten better since leaving United.

ibeEnBAapJe3sa GIF: Cristiano Ronaldo heads Real Madrid level against Manchester United

United stayed compact and defended as well as they could. A consistent back four would make this exceptional team fearsome. Madrid showed none of the weakness from their league campaign and countered at every occasion. De Gea answered every attack that got through with the most impressive, Kung Fu save I’ve seen since Higuitta’s scorpion.

The second leg at Old Trattford will be more of the same. United can’t sit back. one is never enough. As well as Madrid played, their crowd elevated their display. It was consistent noise and will be match by the United faithful.

Football is so much better when the game out plays than the hype. All the GIFs are the best moments from the match courtesy of 101GG.

degeasave GIFs: David De Geas two world class saves for Manchester United v Real Madrid

welbeck GIF: Birds eye view of Danny Welbecks header v Real Madrid

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