One of many famous Manchester United victories was the scintillating hammering of Roma in the Champions League back in 2007.
It was the second leg of the quarter-finals and, trailing 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg, United tore Roma apart in front of a baying Old Trafford crowd.
Michael Carrick (twice), Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo (twice), Alan Smith and Patrice Evra all scored in an unprecedented rout at that stage of Europe’s elite competition.
And United fans weren’t the only ones delighted with the thumping of Daniele de Rossi and Francesco Totti’s side. Fans of Roma’s bitter rivals, Lazio, were also on cloud nine after the result.
So glad was one section of the Lazio faithful, that they sent gift to Sir Alex Ferguson and his players with an endearing note.
The fans of Rome’s other Serie A club sent Ferguson seven cases of wine to distribute among the successful United players.
The note attached said: “Your 7-1 hammering of the second team of Rome has already gained a spot in the Eternal City’s history, next to the monuments that have made this city world-famous.”
“Please accept this gift, seven cases of excellent Chianti red wine, to remember the seven goals you scored, in sign of friendship and gratefulness. Cheers!”
The letter was signed off by: “The fans of SS Lazio.”
We wonder what became of all those bottles of chianti…
Here’s the drubbing in all its glory: