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United cash in at the Commerzbank Arena

By Lee Ryder on Nov 30, 06 11:14 PM

With Lee Ryder in Frankfurt

United fans proudly clapped of their side at the Commerzbank tonight knowing their final tally of 10 points was enough to see them into the last 32 as Group H winners.

It's a far cry from the miserable looking Premiership table at the minute but this competition could yet save a depressing domestic campaign - that's if it hasn't already after another great experience in Europe.

OK, there were no goals and the injury hit Magpies were perhaps fortunate to grab a point at the end of a frantic contest but who cares?

The facts are United live to fight another day in the UEFA Cup and will avoid the Champions League big boys in the next stage.

The 1,500 Toon fans were in good voice too but they did have a battle on their hands with Eintracht's home support in great form.

But by the end the Frankfurt followers could only boo their team off with their hopes of qualification now looking all but over.

And the fact they were booing was a triumph for Glenn Roeder, Nigel Pearson and his staff.

True, United defended deep and Frankfurt missed a host of sitters.

But Steven Taylor was sheer class once again and Shay Given as alert as ever to drive the side to a draw.

Yet the Geordies could have been celebrating a win had Emre finished when he went clean through.

The scarves, though, were still waving by the end.

And everyone in black and white has to be chuffed after a good night's work here in Germany.

6 Comments

John said:

Cannot complain, we are through and the season is still alive
when it gets to the next stage it gets seriouss as well

Kenny West said:

I just fear a good Euro campaign could paper over the cracks
Boro got to the final and arent even in it now

Barry M said:

Maybe Kenny but i just get the feeling for once we are learning from mistakes
We looked solid at times during the game in Frankfut
they had chances but we did too

RAHUL BANRJEE said:

fantastic spirit shown by the boys a great professional performance
and lets give our defence and roeder and pearson some credit long way to go but the early signs are good keep up the good work boys

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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