For someone with that haircut Owen Hargreaves is on pretty thin ice when he talks about what constitutes beauty but it hasn’t stopped him wading in and calling Arsenal about as pretty as Sarah Jessica Parker (or something else strongly resembling a hairy foot):
“Defensively we did a good job and tried to control their so-called beautiful football.
“Both of our goals were from really beautiful pieces of play.”
“They keep the ball and try to play that way, but when a team is as good defensively as ours, you can keep them at bay because we played very tight together.
“You do not get to the top by conceding a lot of goals, but it is difficult when there is so much offensive power on the pitch.
“When you win the ball back against a team like Arsenal, who take a lot of risks going forwards, it is vital that you attack.
“We have a lot of quality going forwards to catch them.
“Their goals were a bit more scrappy.”
Rooney’s deflected strike certainly was beautiful, much more special than Fabregas’s calm finish… right? And anyway, it’s not all about looks, it’s what’s inside that counts and Gallas’s scrappy last minute goal was far inside your net, costing you two points. So who really cares what it all looked like?