A Wayne Rooney first half goal handed Manchester United a 1-0 win over Chelsea in their Champions league quarter final first leg at Stamford bridge.
Rooney struck for a dominant United side on 24 minutes.
Although Cheslea looked more dangerous in the second half which included a strong appeal for a penalty turned down Sir Alex Ferguson’s men hung on to give themselves the upper hand ahead of next week’s return leg at Old trafford.
Barcelona almost assured themselves place in the semi-finals after a 5-1 first-leg thrashing of Ukrainain champions Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou.
Andres Iniesta, Daniel Alves, Gerard Pique, Seydou Keita and Xavi all on target for the Catalan giants, who now look well on course for a semi-final showdown with fellow La Liga side Real Madrid.
Madrid also put themselves well and truely in the driving seat in their tie with Tottenham Hotspur after Jose Mourinho’s men thrashed the Londoners 4-0 in the Spanish capital on Tuesday.
The winners of the United/Chelsea game look certain to take on Schalke in the semis after the Bundesliga outfit ran away 5-2 winners against holders Inter at the San Siro.