Courtesy of Gus Johnson's Twitter account
Gus clearly did his homework.
It was obvious that he had fastidiously studied the names of the players and was pretty natural in describing the conservative, early getting-to-know-you passing.
—He knew the value of away goals, referring to Danny Welbeck's 20th-minute tally as "crucial...for Manchester United."
—After Welbeck's goal, he cited that "Manchester United is undefeated in 17 games in which Welbeck has scored." Good knowledge!
—He had the "37th-minute" thing down, which can be confusing for newbies when the clock reads 36:47.
—Some may differ on this issue, but for my money, he did an excellent job of mixing off-field stories in with his play-by-play. Particularly of interest was his brief discussion of Sir Alex Ferguson touting Welbeck's abilities despite his irregular playing time for United. It was good perspective that really added to the match experience.
—Following David De Gea's brilliant save on Fabio Coentrao in the 61st minute, Johnson posited that "De Gea has been stellar in his positioning tonight." ("PUUUURE!")
—I could be wrong, but I think he called Coentrao a German international after the Real Madrid midfielder hit the post in the fifth minute. He is Portuguese.
—He messed up in calling Rafael's first-half caution the first yellow of the match. It was the second.
—When Ryan Giggs came on, he mentioned something about him being one of the most experienced English players in the game right now. Giggs is Welsh. ("HERE COMES THE PAIN!")
Grade: B+ ("Rise and FIRE...")