Friday, May 20, 2011

Sid Lowe: Schalke move has revitalized Raúl

Victory comes in many guises and doesn't always depend on the result. One man's success is another man's failure, always measured against expectation. A Wednesday night in May and Manchester United had just reached the Champions League final. Despite resting a number of its most important players, United had defeated Schalke 04. Hammered it, in fact. But there were no recriminations and no complaints, no anger from the players in blue, no bitterness as to what could have been. There was success in their failure. This was the German club's first semifinal and these players never expected to get this far.

For one man in particular, this was a monumental moment. Raúl González Blanco said that reaching the final would have been the leche

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