Reds still without Saha:
Louis Saha will not make United’s Champions League quarter final second leg clash against Roma on Tuesday.
The Frenchman has missed the last seven matches with a hamstring problem and injuries have limited him to just three starts since the turn of the year.
It had been thought that the Reds striker was edging closer to his comeback, but after complaining of a tight hamstring while the team trained in Rome last week, Sir Alex Ferguson is keen not to risk the Parisian against Roma.
“He’s not fit,” said the boss. “He felt his hamstring was a bit tight in training on Friday in Rome. Therefore, we have to be on the cautious side.
“There’s no point in bringing somebody back who is not 100% fit and then them suffering further injury. Maybe he will be fit for Saturday’s cup tie against Watford, but not for the Roma game.”
The good news for United is that there were no further injuries after Saturday’s defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday.
“We’ve got no injuries after Saturday,” added the boss. “The good thing is that we came out of that game without any more injuries.
“For, Tuesday, obviously Paul Scholes won’t be available [due to suspension] so we’ll have to make a decision about that one.”
Sir Alex, who may call on Ryan Giggs or Darren Fletcher to fill the void left by Scholes, is without Gary Neville (ankle), Nemanja Vidic (collar bone), Mikael Silvestre (shoulder), Ji-sung Park (knee).
Vucinic fancies Lyon repeat:
Roma striker Mirko Vucinic wants a repeat of the Giallorossi's performance against Lyon in the last round when the Italians travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday.
In the last 16, Roma drew 0-0 with the French champions at home before earning a surprise 2-0 win in France.
And Vucinic, who gave Roma the edge of United by scoring the second goal against the Reds at the Stadio Olimpico a week ago, is confident his side can do it again - this time against United.
“In the second leg against Lyon we showed we have character and a winning mentality. We won 2-0 and I don’t see why we can’t do the same against United,” he told UEFA.com.
“It will be a tough game for us, but we have the advantage and United will have to go on the attack from the first minute.
“We are very dangerous on the counterattack, so I believe we can score at least one goal. We may be without Simone Perrotta, but they don’t have Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes.
“I am sorry Vidic is injured and I wish him a speedy recovery, but his absence gives us a better chance of scoring. Scholes is a very experienced midfielder and he will be hard to replace.”
predict 3-1 tonite , man utd will prevail !
Hopefully man u will win tonight!Upss for the devils!!
any predictions tonight?
2-1 to Devils?
Their home form in CL is not too good for knock out stages only twice in the home leauge in the last 6 years including the come back against Real 4-3 in 2003 courtesy of last min goal by Beckham which still means an european exit!
And in the last couple of years we have gone down by odd goal overall...Haizzz.... hope this season we are able to break this jinx of crashing out by odd goal overall!
2-1 to or 1-1 (hope will not come true )
Probable Team: Van der sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Heinze, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher/O Shea, Giggs, Rooney, Solskjaer
Last edited by melvin; 10th April 2007 at 03:26 PM.
Hope its 3-1 or at the worst 2-1 to
Probable Team line-up:
GK - Van der sar,
D - Brown, Ferdinand, Heinze,O Shea, ,
M- Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs
S- Rooney, Solskjaer
MU Rawks !
2-1 to cannot make it leh.. the aggregate will be 3-3 then..
it should be 1-0 or 2-0 or 3-1 to
Ok Guys 7 more hrs to go!
Meanwhile, Concerns over Totti fitness:
Mind Games??? Haahahaha....dun think we will be affected!Roma coach Luciano Spalletti claims there are doubts over the fitness of Giallorossi captain and talisman Francesco Totti.
The Italian striker sat out Roma's weekend win at Catania with hamstring trouble and, while it is expected that Totti will start Wednesday night's tie, Spalletti disclosed his fears.
"It is the thing I am most concerned about at the moment," he said. "I need to see him in training and check on him tomorrow. Hopefully he will be able to play because we need him."
Whether Totti plays at Old Trafford or not, the 30-year-old World Cup winner is taking confidence from his side's first-leg victory over United.
"We are playing against a huge team, with great qualities," he said. "But we have beaten them once already and we have to show the same attitude as we did against Lyon in the last round.
"I had a good feeling before that game and I have a good feeling now. We deserve to be where we are and hopefully we can reach another historic milestone for this club."
In Tuesday's pre-game press conference, Wayne Rooney singled out Cristiano Ronaldo as the man who can inspire United to progress, and Totti is hopeful to avoid such a scenario.
"Ronaldo can decide a match on his own," said the Italian. "You see what he can do, not just against us last week, but regularly in the Premiership, and it seems he is capable of doing just about anything.
"He can make the difference in this game tomorrow but we just have to hope he doesn't play well."
Another Transfer Rumours: April 07
United and Arsenal are tipped to rival each other for the signing of French international winger Franck Ribery this summer.
The Marseille winger has openly voiced his desire to feature in the Champions League next season, and he may depart France to realise his ambition.
The Daily Mirror expects Ribery to command a fee of around £13million, with long-term admirers United and Arsenal the main contenders for his signature.
Rumours persist that United are set to renew their interest in Tottenham's Bulgarian international striker Dimitar Berbatov when the transfer window re-opens.
The on-song forward was linked with United before signing for Spurs last summer, and the player himself claimed there was strong interest in his services from Old Trafford.
Martin Jol has voiced his intent to keep hold of Berbatov beyond the end of this season, but various tabloids continue to link United with a summer bid in the region of £19million.
Berbatov joins long term targets Owen Hargreaves and Nani on Sir Alex Ferguson's supposed shopping list, while Mikael Silvestre and Wes Brown continue to be linked with Newcastle.
united to go through 1-0 on away goals. ronaldo scoring after out-dribbling the entire roma defence and VDS having a blinder of a match to keep a clean sheet, making at least 3 crucial saves during the match.
You forgot about the part where Totti loses his temper and spits at Rooney...
3-0 for ManU!!!!!
Carrick min 10
Smith min 16
Rooney min 18
Yes... it is Rooney....
For sure ManU will qualify...
yeah.. go go..
Half-Time : Manchester United 4 - 0 Roma
chelski 0 - 1 valencia