Champions League Draw With Rangers Will Reinvigorate Manchester United

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer ISeptember 14, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Darren Fletcher of Manchester United competes with Maurice Edu of Rangers during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester United and Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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In one of the most stunning results in recent memory, Manchester United drew with Rangers in the Battle of Britain at Old Trafford.

Throughout the match, Man United looked uninspired and were "beaten" by a Rangers side that had failed to win a Champions League match in three years.

Throughout the match, United had some great chances, but were never able to claim victory as most of their chances failed to hit the target.

And to add injury to insult, United have lost Antonio Valencia to what appears to be a sickening broken left ankle after a challenge with left back Kirk Broadfoot.

Now, United find themselves in a situation that they must redeem themselves after underachieving against Rangers and giving up two late goals against Everton in a match they should have lost last Saturday.

However, in case anyone thinks that this loss will slow down Manchester United, you are completely wrong.

If anything, this draw will only reinvigorate the Red Devils.

First off, Man United will face one of their biggest rivals in Liverpool this weekend at Old Trafford.

With this matchup on Saturday, United will be fully motivated to win this match as they want to show the world that a weaker opposition such as Rangers does not go to Old Trafford and take points like that.

Besides the Liverpool match, United still do have five more group stage matches altogether against Valencia and Bursaspor (two apiece) and Rangers (one).

And to say that United will not be inspired in those matches to win is completely wrong, as Sir Alex Ferguson certainly will get his players to play to their full potential.

By the time United play in their next Champions League match at Valencia on September 29, United's squad will be prepared to win in Spain against a Valencia side that is without David Villa and David Silva.

Wayne Rooney will have more certainty and will be playing better with his prostitute scandal and a potential divorce from his wife Colleen less in the public spotlight than it is right now.

Most of Man United's starting lineup will also be returning with all but one player (Darren Fletcher) benched after the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.

And come November 24 at Ibrox, United should win that match after the embarrassment tonight at Old Trafford still in these players' minds.

Thankfully for Manchester United, they are in an easy group, which will allow the Red Devils to rebound from a bad match such as this one to not only advance from their group, but to also win Group C.

They have the Old Trafford advantage, which has helped United many times in the Champions League already, and will do so again in the future.

Along with that, this squad has tons of experience with players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who know how to win in situations such as these.

And with a manager in Sir Alex Ferguson who has seen it all, Manchester United are ready to overcome any challenge that they may encounter.

Finally, all great teams need to have a situation like this happen to them in order to make them better, and Manchester United are lucky enough to have a match such as this one happen this early in their season instead of in the middle of a heated title race.


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