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    Rooney ready for Roma revenge

    Wayne Rooney knows precisely how determined AS Roma will be to exact revenge on United after the Reds' 7-1 victory back in April – because he has put himself in their shoes.

    After thrashing the Italians in the Champions League quarter final second leg last season, the Giallorossi return to Old Trafford in Tuesday's Group F clash hell-bent on setting the record straight.

    Asked what he would do if he had been in a team that had been beaten 7-1 and then had a chance to redeem themselves so soon after the event, Rooney smiled and said: “If it was me, I’d be sitting here rubbing my hands. I’d have been delighted as soon as the draw was made. I wouldn’t be able to wait for the game and I’d see it as an opportunity to put things right.

    “I’m sure that Roma will be fired up for this game. We need to be aware of that, but what we have to do is concentrate on our job and play the way we know we can.”

    Rooney also says that the Reds must put the 7-1 scoreline out of their minds and concentrate on playing at full tilt against Luciano Spalletti’s men.

    "It was a great result for us, but I think we all know it won’t happen again,” he said. “We know it will be a difficult game. We have to do our job and try and win the game.”

    The 21-year-old striker is looking for his first goal this season, and Tuesday night would be an ideal time for him to get off the mark.

    “It was a disappointing start to the season for me because I got the metatarsal injury,” he added. “But I’ve played three games now and hopefully I can start scoring again and help the team keep winning games.”

    Rooney has been deployed as the main striker in United's attack this season, with Carlos Tevez dropping deeper. When asked to do a similar job last season, he went on a scoring run of 11 goals in 14 matches during March and April. He will be hoping to do that again, and says his partnership with Tevez has plenty of potential.

    "I enjoy playing alongside Carlos," he said. "He’s a good player and he's starting to play really well.

    "Playing with Carlos makes it a slightly different role for me. I have to play on the shoulder of the defender and let Carlos be the link between the midfield and the forwards. Of course, I’m happy to do that role, and I think it could bring more to my game. I did it quite a lot last season. I got a few goals from doing that so I’ve got no problems at all doing that."
    HOpe he finds his scoring boots again! But i not having too much hope of him scoring!

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    The Day is finally here will Roma get their revenge they are looking for or will we outclass them once again?

    15hrs to go!

    Think it will be a narrow win for us 1 goal margin!

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    Still hope we can win. Even a 1 goal advantage is better than none.
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    Papers: Totti wants revenge

    Totti: We can avenge defeat
    Roma superstar Francesco Totti has sent a blunt message to Alex Ferguson: “I’m coming to get revenge.” The former Italy idol is desperate to get even for the worst defeat of his career - in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals when Manchester United tore apart Roma 7-1. He said: “We want a great and beautiful revenge. We have all been thinking of the game after what happened last year at Old Trafford. It was a complete disaster.”
    Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun

    The striker has apologised to a United fan for the violent police action in the Stadio Olimpico. The Roma star sent a personal video message to Carly Lyes, 23, who was hit on the head by police and had her camera taken.

    Owen Hargreaves has warned United's expectant fans to forget any chance of a repeat of their magnificent seven-goal salvo against Roma this week. "There will be no repeat of the 7-1," he said. "Those results possibly happen once every three or four years in the entire competition. It is just not going to happen again."

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    let ronaldo do the job by himself........ last year he let manU win the championship all by himself...... i only have this to say -

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskofil View Post
    let ronaldo do the job by himself........ last year he let manU win the championship all by himself...... i only have this to say -
    Ronaldo is a funny guy!

    Roma begged for mercy - Ronaldo

    Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo claims Roma begged him for mercy during their 7-1 Champions League last-eight, second-leg defeat at Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo, who marked a sublime display with two goals, said: "When we were 6-0 up, one of their players said 'don't do any more dribbles', almost begging.

    "I won't reveal his name as these are comments brought about by the game."

    Hahaha I think Ronaldo is a joker man! I dun believe him!

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    wad time is the match?

    i trying to catch on TVU player :S

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    Quote Originally Posted by plsoong View Post
    wad time is the match?

    i trying to catch on TVU player :S
    Standard time lor, without daylight savings is 2.45am.

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    LOL!

    okay...cham...dunno whether i can still stay awake anot....... tomolo i got course...8am...LOL!

    cham liao...

    but then if TVU player not showing...haiz........

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    Quote Originally Posted by legiz View Post
    all man utd players gentlemen except for rooney?? r u sure?
    hmm, who was the one who gave the "WINK" when trying to get rooney sent off in the recent world cup incident?

    at least they not so obvious push people after losing possession , Ronaldno is smarter , he uses his brains , most of the time he kana push not push people , despite kana boo he still manage to ooze class.[/QUOTE]

    so not so obvious = more gentleman?
    so if i didnt get caught for stealing money = im not robber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaknafein View Post
    at least they not so obvious push people after losing possession , Ronaldno is smarter , he uses his brains , most of the time he kana push not push people , despite kana boo he still manage to ooze class.
    so not so obvious = more gentleman?
    so if i didnt get caught for stealing money = im not robber?[/QUOTE]


    let's forget about the wink lah , it so long ago , zzz
    Dun forget Ronaldo save Rooney ass so many times
    u nv go army? u can do anything but dun get caught

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    Ok!ok!Guys!ok! nevermind who is smarter or gentlemanly the impt is that we win!
    The most ungentlemanly guy score the winner for us:

    Report: United 1 Roma 0

    There was no repeat of April's Roman demolition but United did enough to take all three points against an Italian side desperate to avenge last season's embarrassing defeat.

    The Reds dominated for large spells but couldn't force the ball in during the first half. In the end, it was Wayne Rooney who broke the deadlock with a predatory strike in the 70th minute to hand Sir Alex yet another European scalp.

    The United boss opted for pace down the flanks in his team selection, picking both Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani at the expense of the experienced Ryan Giggs.
    Louis Saha was handed his first start since February, while John O'Shea slotted in at right back for the injured Wes Brown. There was no Owen Hargreaves in the squad, although Nemanja Vidic passed a late fitness test to take his spot in the centre of defence alongside Rio Ferdinand.

    In goal, Tomasz Kuszczak made his European debut and he had to be alert as early as the 10th minute when Francesco Totti fired a long-range effort straight at the Pole. It did little to trouble Kuszczak but suggested last season's European Golden Boot winner had once again adopted the shoot-on-sight policy we saw here at Old Trafford in April.

    Of course, on that occasion, United went 3-0 up before 20 minutes. Tonight, the pace was less frenetic in the opening exchanges, as the new-look Roma back four stood firm against United's two-pronged strikeforce of Rooney and Saha.

    Nani unwittingly came close on 17 minutes when he stretched to keep a Rio Ferdinand pass in play and the ball cannoned off his shin and across the six-yard box.
    Two minutes later, the Portuguese winger earned a free kick when Lancashire-born Simone Perrotta caught him 25 yards from goal. Ronaldo lined up the ball but blasted the set-piece into the Italian wall.

    It began a period of real dominance for the Reds, with Nani and Ronaldo again involved moments later. United had a half-hearted penalty appeal for handball turned down after a Nani pass struck a Roma defender on the arm. But there was more concern for the Italians in the next phase of play, as Nani whipped in a curling cross that Ronaldo narrowly directed over the bar from six yards.

    The summer signing from Sporting Lisbon went close himself on 27 minutes when an in-swinging cross from the left-wing forced goalkeeper Curci to athletically tip the ball clear. Louis Saha then stung Curci's palms before a Totti free kick kept Kuszczak alert at the other end.

    But it was all United and once again it was Nani who fashioned a chance for the Reds. This time he beat De Rossi on the left before curling a ball to the back post where Wayne Rooney volleyed over from close range.

    Curci required treatment shortly afterwards when he collided with Saha at a United corner but the Italian stopper recovered sufficiently to continue and ensure Roma went to the break on level terms. He'd certainly been the busier goalkeeper, although Roma manager Luciano Spalletti would have been pleased to go into the dressing room at 0-0.

    Sir Alex told ITV during the break he expected the Reds to take a few more risks in the second half and Ronaldo fired a low cross into the box early on. But it was Francesco Totti who perhaps should have put the visitors ahead in the 48th minute. Nemanja Vidic slipped in the penalty area, allowing Totti space. With Kuszczak bearing down on the striker, Totti was forced to take the chance early but could only clip the ball over both goalkeeper and crossbar.

    It was a lively start to the second period and Nani almost illuminated the match further when his cross-come-shot brushed the top of the Roma crossbar after he'd carved open the Italian defence on the edge of the penalty area.

    Wayne Rooney forced a smart save from Curci at his near post on 65 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo found the net on 69 minutes with a cheeky backheel. To the Reds' dismay, the Portuguese winger was ruled offside and he was denied a second European goal in as many games.

    There was no doubting the validity of Wayne Rooney's strike a minute later. The England international latched onto Nani's clever pass to fire a first-time drive across Curci and in off the far post to send United ahead. It was Rooney's first goal of the season and no more than he deserved after a night of tireless running and clever interchange play.

    Carlos Tevez almost made it 2-0 when he flashed a shot inches wide from long range before Rio Ferdinand blocked a Ludovic Giuly shot that may well have been heading into the far corner.

    But Roma's best chances were still to come, with Max Tonetto miscuing a volley at the back post in the 82nd minute before substitute Ahmed Esposito blasted wide with the goal at his mercy and just three minutes on the clock. That opportunity arrived with the Reds down to 10 men, after Ronaldo, bloodied and groggy from a Mirko Vucinic elbow, had disappeared down the tunnel a minute earlier to receive four stitches.

    Even with a numerical disadvantage, Sir Alex's men hung on for a memorable win… even if it didn't arrive in quite the same fashion as April's epic 7-1.

    Attendance: 73, 652

    United: Kuszczak; O'Shea, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Carrick, Scholes, Ronaldo, Nani (Giggs 80); Rooney (Anderson 85), Saha (Tevez 66)

    Subs not used: Heaton, Pique, Simpson, Eagles

    AS Roma: Curci; Cicinho, Juan, Mexes, Tonetto; De Rossi, Aquilani (Pizarro 61), Giuly (Esposito 80), Perrotta, Mancini (Vucinic 74); Totti

    Subs not used: Sergio, Antunes, Barusso, Brighi

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    Hargreaves out for a month

    Owen Hargreaves has been ruled out for up to a month, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed.

    The Reds midfielder is to have an injection in his knee to try and cure the tendonitis problems he has been suffering from.

    "He will have an injection in his knee," confirmed the boss on MUTV. "It was an option that we had some weeks ago, but after training on Monday he was feeling it and we just have to go ahead and give him the injection.

    "Hopefully that's the end of it and he comes back 100 per cent."

    The 26-year-old had been tipped to play against Roma on Tuesday at Old Trafford, but his name was again absent from the team-sheet. The former Bayern Munich midfielder's start to his United career has been blighted by injuries and he hasn't played since the win over Sunderland on 1 September.

    Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was forced off against Roma in the final five minutes of the match, has had four stitches to the head wound he suffered against the Italians.
    Thought he had recover?

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    Sir Alex: We rode our luck

    Sir Alex Ferguson says United were slightly fortunate to beat AS Roma 1-0 after the Italian side spurned a host of chances at Old Trafford.

    The Reds took the lead after 70 minutes following a sublime strike from Wayne Rooney. But Roma had 16 chances throughout the match, most notably with Francesco Totti and substitute Mauro Esposito missing the target from close range.

    Tomasz Kuszczak was called into action numerous occasions, and Sir Alex was pleased with the 25-year-old's display.

    "He made a couple of good saves and made a good block in the second half," he said. "Roma had a few good chances and maybe we can count ourselves a little lucky."

    United are yet to reach top form both domestically and in Europe this term. But the important thing is that the results keep on coming, and Sir Alex is confident the Reds will soon be back to the team's best.

    "We've got the players," he told ITV Sport. "Sometimes you go through these spells [where you don't score many goals] but it won't last forever. Some day we're going to hit a few goals. Hopefully that will come soon. All the players are working hard and all showing a lot of experience.

    "I'm pleased with the win because Roma are a good team, it was a good game and a good European night. It was a bit tactical at times but a good result for us."

    Of Rooney's match-winning strike, the boss said: "It was marvellous, similar to the one he scored against AC Milan. Great passing and a great finish."
    Hope that our luck last till we get the CL cup!!!

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    Rooney feels for Roma

    Wayne Rooney ruined Roma's hopes of revenge at Old Trafford with a match-winning second-half strike, but the United forward says the Italians perhaps deserved a point in the tie.

    Rooney was the architect of the Reds' 70th-minute breakthrough. But United were holding after Cristiano Ronaldo went off with a cut to his head, leaving Sir Alex's side with ten men having used all three substitutes. Francesco Totti and Mauro Esposito both missed second-half chances to give the Giallorossi the goal that would have earned them a valuable point.

    "Roma played really well," Wayne told Sky Italia. "We knew it'd be more difficult this time. The fair result was probably a draw as they had a lot of good chances.”

    Rooney's finish was expertly executed, latching onto Nani's poked through-ball before angling his drive just inside the post for his first goal of the season. "I had to take it as early as I could," he said. "I saw the defender coming across and had to see it past him and the goalkeeper to the far post.

    "I've played against Roma three times now and scored three goals, so I’m pleased with that. We played OK, but Roma did well and the fair result was a draw, fortunately we managed to hold on."

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    Trio nominated for local awards

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Sir Alex Ferguson have all been shortlisted for honours at the North West Football Awards and United fans can play a part in helping them win.

    Ronaldo and Giggs are both up for Premier League Player of the Year and face competition from Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta.

    Sir Alex is nominated in the Manager of the Year category and is up against Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, Blackburn Rovers manager and ex-Red Mark Hughes and Blackpool’s Simon Grayson.

    Fans can now vote online at northwestfootballawards.co.uk/vote ahead of the awards' ceremony which takes place on 12 November at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. Voting closes on Sunday 7 October.
    Another award up for grab for Ronaldo!

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    Papers: Ron in elbow attack

    Ronaldo hit by elbow
    Cristiano Ronaldo claimed he was the victim of a vicious elbow which left him with a bloodied face as Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory at Old Trafford. Ronaldo was forced off in the 86th minute with blood pouring from a cut above his left eye after a stray elbow from substitute Mirko Vucinic caught him full in the face. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he missed the incident, but revealed that Ronaldo - who needed four stitches in the wound - said he was deliberately struck in the face by Vucinic. "Cristiano said he was elbowed in the face," said Fergie. "He needed four stitches in his eyebrow. It was an unfortunate incident because the game was played in a great spirit. Considering what happened here last season, with Roma losing 7-1, it could have set off a course of problems."
    David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

    Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson predicted that Wayne Rooney is about to fire his team to top form as they recorded their sixth 1-0 victory of the season. "It's been difficult for Wayne because he's had an injury and he's just trying to find his true form. But we are beginning to play some better football and find some rhythm and I have no worries about Wayne."

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    Come Sat will be hosting Wigan then we will have 2 weeks break before travelling to Villa Park on the 20th n to Dynamo Kiev on the 23th. wah abit tight for the 2 games!

    Hope the injured guys are able to come back on time recoverd n well rested! n win by bigger margin rather then 1-0

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    Rooney's goal was a gem! Man Utd seem to come to life after Tevez came on. A tough game and managed to win. Now need another 4 points from the 2 games again Kiev and should qualify already. Away to Kiev in winter will be tough. Hargreaves is a major disappointment man. Sian!

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    hm.... so surprise that chelsea won , tough fighting spirit , liverpool lost

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