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Marseille out to upset United

2011-03-14 16:58

Manchester - After a stalemate in France, Manchester United must overcome a Marseille side that hasn't conceded a goal in five consecutive Champions League matches to reach the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

It is almost six months since Marseille's stingy defense was breached in Europe, with United's Premier League rival Chelsea securing a 2-0 victory in the group stage on September 28.

But Marseille head to Old Trafford beset by turmoil away from the pitch after preliminary charges of rape were filed against striker Brandao, who has been allowed to return to Brazil by the club.

Two players held up a jersey with Brandao's name during Friday's 2-0 win at Rennes - a move that was criticized by president Jean-Claude Dassier but backed by coach Didier Deschamps.

"We will have to show solidarity, be strong," defender Souleymane Diawar said.

Marseille, who drew 0-0 with United in France, are bidding to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since winning the European Cup in the 1992-3 season.

"It will be a totally different match compared to the first leg," Diawar said on the club website. "At home they score a lot of goals. We will have to make sure that they are not able to do so. We will not let anything go."

To advance, Marseille must become the first French side to win at Old Trafford.

"They'll be planning on how they're going to score a goal and I think they'll try to start the game very quickly, that's a certainty, and we have to be prepared for that part," United manager Ferguson said. "But as the game unfolds, you hope you take your opportunities.

"I went to watch Marseille play in Rennes - who are second in the league - on Friday night to get a better idea of how they play away from home and we've also seen them play at Monaco so we've done our homework."

Ferguson's gamble of resting veteran midfielders Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs ahead of the Marseille match paid off, with a United side packed with seven defenders overcoming Arsenal 2-0 to reach the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday.

There was also a boost for the three-time European champions on Monday morning when Nani returned to training. The winger had not been expected to recover from a leg injury until next month.

"He is one of the best players in the world," Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou said.

While United are top of the Premier League, Marseille is fourth in the French standings, four points behind leader Lille.

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Comments
  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-14 17:35

    english teams will suffer and get shown up like last season. spurs did well to get through but thats as far as theyl go and arsenal played like school boys against barca. all marseille need is a scoring draw. chelsea will get through but flop in the last 8. both liverpool and man city lost in the 1st leg in the europa league and are almost out as well. the best players and true talent is in spain, hence their world cup victory. the premier league is the most hyped thats all-the pathetic english national team proves it. now watch how english fans attack me for speaking facts . . .

      Innocent - 2011-03-14 18:56

      EPL has the bwst players from all over the world

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 08:34

      No dude you have missed the point..... Spain is fortunate that 90% of their national team happen to play for the same club AND are Spanish? In England their players are split between say 4 or 5 teams and then they play different formations to the nationl team. The World Cup has nothing to do with where the players play get with it. Then you saying that the Dutch League is the second best in the World?

      Albo - 2011-03-15 08:38

      @mupet - take away Barca and Real and what are you left with??? Every season year after year after year you can predict either one of these two will win with 3rd place not even coming into the picture. Not really an exciting league to me.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-14 19:13

    best coaches(gardiola, jose) and best players(ronaldo, messi, alves,) are all in spain. add to that all the world cup winners who also won euro 2008-xavi, iniesta, pique, puyol, villa, pedro, casillas, ramos. english teams are gona find it ten times harder with that new financial cap-especially man city who think success can be easily bought.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 08:38

      Your argument is kinda flawed bro..... Mourinho was in Portugal,then England,then Italy and now Spain. Ronaldo was in Portugal,then England and now Spain. The Financial cap will hurt the likes of Real Madrid and City and to a lesser degree Chelsea however in terms of excitement the EPL is far better value for entertainment than La Liga( I watch both). Simply becauseis a one horse race with a second team trying to keep up but it was never going to happen. in England any team can beat another and the League is a 3 horse possibly 5 horse race (results dependant) so where's the fun in watching the One Giant in the league put 5 against the other ''Giant'?

  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-14 19:15

    best coaches(gardiola, jose) and best players(ronaldo, messi, alves,) are all in spain. add to that all the world cup winners who also won euro 2008-xavi, iniesta, pique, puyol, villa, pedro, casillas, ramos. english teams are gona find it ten times harder with that new financial cap-especially man city who think success can be easily bought.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-03-14 19:15

    best coaches(gardiola, jose) and best players(ronaldo, messi, alves,) are all in spain. add to that all the world cup winners who also won euro 2008-xavi, iniesta, pique, puyol, villa, pedro, casillas, ramos. english teams are gona find it ten times harder with that new financial cap-especially man city who think success can be easily bought.

      Harold - 2011-03-15 12:25

      Success can be easily bought. Instead of buying players spend it on referees. Chelsea and Arsenal know what it is to be knocked out by Barca and the ref. If Spanish teams where so superior they would not need the referee now would they?

  • Kubes - 2011-03-15 12:42

    I never heard of Man Ud, I thought they were MOFFY UTD. GUNNERS FOR LIFE !!!!!!

      Deon - 2011-03-15 13:55

      Maybe you should stick to supporting Chiefs.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 14:39

      Losers bond together!!!! 6 years and counting you chop!!!

  • Dango - 2011-03-15 14:51

    I don't like Man U, but they cannot win at Old Trafford.

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-03-15 16:25

    Man Utd hardly gets beaten at OT. so goodbye Marseille, and to Man Utd: show those Spanish wankers what the E P is about.

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