This was a good game to watch. United, plagued by injuries, started with Evra as the only recognised defender and had to battle hard for large portions of the match. The flow was not helped by a less-than-perfect pitch, but Manchester United (thanks to Michael Owen's hat-trick) emerged comfortable winners.
The match was easy for Bjorn Kuipers - there were few fouls and nothing worthy of a card. He judged the tone of the match well, and played the advantage as much as possible; only 12 direct free kicks were awarded. It was good to see him bring play back for a free kick after Anderson could not gain an advantage - most referees seem unprepared to do this. He seemed to communicate well with the players, and was very firm when Kuszczak was wasting time and Scholes was disputing a decision, avoiding the need to issue any cautions.
Only one thing
In the 13th minute Wolfsburg had appeals for a penalty turned down after a challenge from Carrick. In real time the deflection of the ball made me think it was a fair tackle; it took a zoomed-in slow motion replay to confirm the foul and hence penalty. But Kuipers, who was in a good position, did not have a replay and I fully understand why he did not award the penalty. Overall he seemed to have a taste for the game, and anticipated play well - a convincing performance from a man who clearly has some talent and showed signs that he would cope well with a big, tough match.