United were strong, fast, resilient, determined and scored.
Arsenal were quiet, shy, meek, slow and didn't.
What can be said is that Almunia's early heroics meant that this is still a two-legged tie; it could well have been 3-0 or 4-0 before half time and that would have almost certainly been game over, adios amigos, goodnight Vienna*. But at only 1-0 going into the second leg, we have to play to win -something we do rather well at home.
Six days to sort ourselves out and get RvP back, Eduardo fully fit, Gallas/Djourou up to speed, pump Theo full of Red Bull, throw out 4-5-1, decide the best formation & where to use Cesc, kick Adebayor repeatedly up his lazy arse and pray like crazy.
Even Arseblogger agrees with me:
Cesc has to play in his natural position, we should play 4-4-2, we have to go and attack them, and that is when we're at our best. It was disappointing last night and we're on the back foot, no question, but it's not over yet.
But Arsene knows. He does, doesn't he?
* yes, yes, I know the final is in Rome :)