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Match Preview: Man Utd vs Roma

9 April 2008 by

Man Utd vs Roma (agg: 2-0)

All Red Devils fans are eagerly awaiting tonight’s game against the Italians Roma. A repeat of last season’s 7-1 home victory is highly unlikely, but all odds are pointing to a Man Utd win at the Theatre of Dreams. Having won the first leg by 2 goals to nil, Roma must score twice (and keep a clean sheet!) at Old Trafford to take the game to extra time, or else score (an impossible?) three goals to win the game on aggregate.

 

Manchester United are boosted by the news that world-class defender Rio Ferdinand could be fit to face the Italian side on Wednesday, despite fears that he would join Nemanja Vidic on the injury list. Rio suffered a foot injury in the 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough last Sunday, but scans have shown that he has not broken any bones. He was thus named for the game against Roma, and trained with his teammates on Wednesday, with the possibility of starting the much-awaited return leg of quarter-finals.

 

Should Man Utd win the Roma encounter, they would break the Champions League record of most home-game wins in a row, which currently stands at 10 games. Currently, both Man Utd and Juventus share this record, but it is the Red Devils that are the clear favourites to register a new record tonight. An aggregate win for Man Utd would put them straight into the semi-final stage of the competition where they will face either Barcelona or Schalke 04, with Barca tipped as favourites to go through after they registered a 1-0 away win at Schalke. Nani and Evra must be careful not to be booked tonight, as that would mean missing the first-leg of semi-finals. Roma’s star player Totti will not feature in this match as he has not yet recovered from a thigh injury. Gary Neville and Silvestre may return for the Red Devils to strengthen the defensive department, after long-term injuries.

 

Ferguson stated his belief that Man Utd will beat Roma tonight, and is looking forward to meeting (and beating) Barcelona in the semifinal stage.

“It is our best chance in a while to get to a semi-final. The clock is against Roma. They have to do something, which may suit us because I think on the counter attack we are very good.” – Sir Alex Ferguson about Roma.

“Hopefully, we can produce performances that get us to the final. If we get by this one, the difficult one of course will be Barcelona – a marvellous football club and a good football team. If we get to the semi, we can start thinking about a final. We have to have that ambition and hope but the sensible approach is to wait until after the game tomorrow, see where we are and then start to dream hopefully.” – Sir Alex Ferguson about Barcelona.

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