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    Boss expects tough test

    Sir Alex Ferguson is reading nothing into Lyon’s shock defeat against Le Mans last weekend, insisting that he expects a thorough examination from the Ligue 1 champions when they host United on Wednesday night.

    Alain Perrin rested a host of his top players in readiness for United’s visit, and Sir Alex is well aware that his side are up against tough opposition in a side that has won their domestic league for the last six seasons.

    “I’ve seen some parts of it (Lyon’s 1-0 defeat at Le Mans), just what we need for the team,” he told his pre-match press conference. “Obviously it was a disappointment for Lyon, but I saw the game last Saturday against Sochaux, and we know it’s a big match for both teams.

    “It’ll be a difficult game, but I think it’s a good atmosphere and the pitch is good, so I think it will be a really good match.”

    United go into Wednesday’s second round, first leg tie on the back of a thumping FA Cup win over Arsenal, but that match is dead and buried according to Sir Alex, whose sights are firmly set on posting a positive result in France.

    “We haven’t discussed the Arsenal match with the players because we have a big match tomorrow,” he said. “It’s normal. We don’t look back, we look forward. Today’s the day, tomorrow’s the big day.”

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    Papers: Kings of Lyon

    Giggs: We'll be Kings of Lyon
    Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United will be driven on by last year’s Champions League semi-final heartache. The Wales wing wizard, 34, will make his 100th appearance in the competition if he features against Lyon in the Stade Gerland. He admits he still thinks back to the devastating 3-0 defeat by AC Milan last May. But with a much stronger squad to choose from this year, he is sure United can banish that memory once and for all. "I think the players who experienced that disappointment in Milan will be helped by it. Milan weren’t really going for anything else and were able to rest players. This year we’ll hopefully be wiser."
    Martin Blackburn, The Sun

    Carlos Tevez tells The Sun that he is going to France to put his feet up: "We are ready," he says. "Let’s be clear — we are not going to France on holiday. We want to qualify."

    Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Gilberto has warned United winger Nani to stop being so skilful. If he continues to show off his talents, he'll "get a bad kick", apparently.

    New England boss Fabio Capello has backed the Reds to succeed in Europe, telling the Mirror: "If United keep their concentration and play to their best, they can go all the way in Europe."

    The Daily Mail reports that no action will be taken against William Gallas after "television pictures clearly showed [the Frenchman] kick Nani". Referee Alan Wiley missed the incident but, having reviewed video evidence refused to condemn the Arsenal centre-back.

    Round up by Ben Hibbs

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    I think the dangermen for Lyon are Karim Benzema and Juninho...

    As for Hatem Ben Arfa, you can watch him here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-N4ifAdpsk


    not too bad a player....

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    Report: Lyon 1 United 1

    A late Carlos Tevez goal levelled the scores on the night, but handed United the advantage in the Reds’ Champions League last 16 tie with Olympique Lyonnais.

    Tevez fired home in the 87th minute after Karim Benzema, French football’s finest young talent, scored against the run of play early in the second half. Benzema’s goal looked to have handed Lyon a famous victory on a night that yielded few clear-cut chances but plenty of engaging football.

    United travelled to Lyon on a high after a tremendous 4-0 defeat of Arsenal in the FA Cup. Despite producing one of his finest performances in that match, Darren Fletcher had to be content with a spot on the bench in Lyon, alongside Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Carrick, John O’Shea, Nani, Louis Saha and Tevez.

    Before kick-off, Sir Alex admitted some players were unlucky not to retain their spot after the FA Cup victory, but explained the need for experience when playing away from home in Europe.

    Of course, nobody in the Reds’ squad can boast Ryan Giggs’ experience. It was his quick thinking that handed United a 1-0 win against Lille the last time United travelled to France (at the same stage of last season’s competition), and on Wednesday night, almost 14-and-a-half years after his Champions League debut, the Welshman joined a elite group of players who have made 100 appearances in the competition.

    The Reds’ no.11 only had fleeting touches early on. The home side was happy to gift United possession, but only in deep-lying areas of the pitch; any ball played into the final third induced a strong challenge from the Lyon centre-backs.

    Lyon’s early play was concentrated down the left flank, with full back Fabio Grosso keen to get forward as much as possible. It was Grosso who supplied the cross that almost led to a Lyon opener in the 7th minute. Sidney Govou was first to the ball, but his shot was blocked before Patrice Evra scrambled the loose ball to safety.

    The resulting corner saw dangerman Karim Benzema ghost in at the far post but he couldn’t connect cleanly with his volley, which dribbled into Edwin van der Sar’s hands. It was only a half chance, but Sir Alex will have been looking for greater concentration at set pieces, especially given Lyon midfielder Juninho’s ability to deliver balls into dangerous areas.

    United’s first real chance fell to Wayne Rooney on 25 minutes. Ryan Giggs flicked a ball through the Lyon defence, which Rooney reached just ahead of Sebastien Squillaci. His touch took him into the box where he was left with only veteran goalkeeper Gregory Coupet to beat. Coupet was equal to the task, saving low at Rooney’s feet.

    Benzema then blazed over the bar at the other end before Paul Scholes – the killer ball again provided by Giggs – was denied by a last-ditch block from former Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was upended in the 33rd minute by a challenge that earned Anthony Reveillere a booking, which will see the 28-year-old miss the return leg at Old Trafford. Swede Kim Kallstrom followed his team-mate into referee Luis Medina Cantalejo’s notebook just three minutes later when he brought down the same player in the centre circle.

    Owen Hargreaves was the first United player to see a yellow card when he fouled Govou on the edge of the box, a tackle that prompted protestations from Boumsong that were vehement enough to earn the defender a booking of his own.

    Despite the cards, the game never threatened to boil over, although Juninho went in late and high on Ryan Giggs just before the interval. It was more mistimed than malicious, however, and gave Ronaldo a chance from out wide to fizz the ball across the penalty area.

    Coupet fisted the ball away for a corner, which Giggs took and Ronaldo headed over after out-jumping his man. It was the first half’s last meaningful piece of action and Sir Alex will have been pleased enough with United’s opening 45 minutes. He confirmed as much to Sky Sports just before the second half kicked off, yet reiterated his desire to leave the Stade Gerland with an “all important away goal”.

    It wasn’t forthcoming in the early stages of the second period, although the Reds enjoyed almost uninterrupted possession.

    And so it was against the run of play that Lyon took the lead in the 54th minute. Benzema picked up the ball on the edge of the box and, despite close attention from three Reds defenders, found space to rattle a low drive in off the post and give Lyon the advantage.

    It was a cruel blow for United, who had begun the half so brightly, and a timely reminder of how finely balanced Champions League football can be. The goal triggered a prompt response, as red shirts piled forward in search of an equaliser and Carlos Tevez and Nani stripped off on the touchline.

    Ten minutes after Benzema’s strike, United were still a goal down. Tevez came on for Scholes, while Nani replaced Giggs on the left side of midfield as Sir Alex sacrificed experience for energy and enthusiasm.

    The two substitutes were at the heart of the move that finally saw Lyon’s net bulge, although Wayne Rooney was correctly flagged offside after Tevez had headed Nani’s cross into the England striker’s path.

    United huffed and puffed, but Lyon stood firm despite the Reds’ best efforts. Ronaldo drew a spectacular save from Coupet before substitute Michael Carrick saw a drive bravely blocked just yards off the line.

    The French defence did eventually crack, however, and it was Carlos Tevez who found the net with just three minutes to play. Tevez, who’d looked United’s liveliest player since his 65th-minute introduction, was on hand to smash the ball into the roof of the net after Fred failed to clear Nani’s cross at the far post.

    The history books will show the teams finished on equal terms, but with the Reds playing the second leg at Old Trafford, the advantage has swung well and truly in United’s favour.

    Line-ups

    United: van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Anderson, Hargreaves (Carrick 78), Scholes (Tevez 65), Giggs (Nani 65); Rooney
    Subs not used: Kuszczak, Saha, O’Shea, Fletcher
    Booked: Hargreaves

    Lyon: Coupet; Reveillere, Squillaci, Boumsong, Grosso; Clerc (Ben Arfa 78), Juninho (Bodmer 74), Toulalan, Govou, Kallstrom; Benzema (Fred 83)

    Subs not used: Vercoutre, Cris, Delgado, Keita
    Booked: Reveillere, Kallstrom, Boumsong

    Why do we seems to be struggling when we have close to almost full team!

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    Rooney salutes Tevez strike

    Wayne Rooney hailed strike partner Carlos Tevez after the Argentine came off the bench to fire a vital away goal in the Reds' 1-1 draw against Lyon.

    Tevez entered the fray on 65 minutes and blasted the ball home three minutes from time to earn United a share of the spoils in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

    "Carlos came on and did what he does best - getting on the ball and creating chances and thankfully he took one of them," Rooney told Sky Sports.

    "It's always crucial to get an away goal and 1-1 is a lot better than losing 1-0 or even 0-0. It's a crucial goal to take back to Old Trafford.

    "I felt we controlled the game for most of it. They had a few chances and scored a good goal, but we showed good courage to fight back.

    "Lyon are a good team and we know we have to concentrate 100 per cent to beat them at Old Trafford."

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    Boss praises fighting spirit

    Until the referee blows for full-time, United are never beaten.

    That was the message from Sir Alex Ferguson after the Reds scored another late goal in Europe to wrestle advantage away from Lyon in United’s Champions League last 16 tie.

    “It was absolutely vital,” Sir Alex said of Carlos Tevez’s 87th-minute leveller. “Time and time again we rescue games or score late winners and it’s purely down to the players’ determination to do something about it.”

    On this occasion, Tevez’s strike cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener, which looked to have given the home side a valuable win ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday 4 March. Instead, Lyon now face an uphill battle to progress to the quarter finals.

    “We showed a lot of determination to try and get back into the game,” Sir Alex told Sky Sports.

    “We lost a goal out of nothing, really, but it showed the qualities of the boy Benzema. It was a marvellous strike but I thought we were in complete control at the time.

    “Lyon’s goal knocked us back a bit and then they defended very well and made it difficult for us.”

    Despite mounting pressure, the Reds struggled to create clear-cut chances until the United boss turned to the bench and introduced Tevez and Nani.

    “I thought Nani provided a real threat for us with his pace and crossing. And of course Carlos Tevez scored a great equaliser.

    “We weren’t magnificent but it was a decent performance and I think we deserved the result. When you’re away from home and 1-0 down with a few minutes to play then you count your blessings when you get back into the match.”

    Of course, it’s not the first time United have scored a late goal in Europe.

    “There was a real urgency from us to get back into the game and I think we’re at our best when we’re up against it,” added the Reds' manager.

    “It’s now a matter of getting a good performance at Old Trafford. We have a big advantage with the away goal and I’m sure there’ll be an electric atmosphere. We’re looking forward to the return leg.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
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    Why do we seems to be struggling when we have close to almost full team!
    Because Giggss and Scholes started....ironically we scored the equaliser from the subs which is Tevez and Nani I said many times whenever the 2 old men start....the outcome is more or less predicted liao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    Because Giggss and Scholes started....ironically we scored the equaliser from the subs which is Tevez and Nani I said many times whenever the 2 old men start....the outcome is more or less predicted liao
    So we got to 'promote' this 2 old men to be super sub! Play with the younger players!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    So we got to 'promote' this 2 old men to be super sub! Play with the younger players!
    better put them on the injured list.....

    old men must be sitting on the bench lah.....

    ronaldo got bullied all the time, but nearly scored the free kick.... sigh! i hope he will play better at OT....

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskofil View Post
    better put them on the injured list.....

    old men must be sitting on the bench lah.....

    ronaldo got bullied all the time, but nearly scored the free kick.... sigh! i hope he will play better at OT....
    If I am Fergie, I will put them in transfer list....they better off playing for Newcastle or Middleborough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    If I am Fergie, I will put them in transfer list....they better off playing for Newcastle or Middleborough
    how about we sell them to Arson Winger or Ruffles Bonitos....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    If I am Fergie, I will put them in transfer list....they better off playing for Newcastle or Middleborough
    Think those 2 want to retire at OT la... dun think they wanna move.... unless....Dubai i think is making a bid for Newcastle maybe if they willing pay them good $ to retire with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskofil View Post
    how about we sell them to Arson Winger or Ruffles Bonitos....
    I don't think they are good friends....so far I noticed MU only like to do business with a few teams....perhaps Fergie should buy Kevin Keegan a bottle of nice champagne one of this day

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskofil View Post
    how about we sell them to Arson Winger or Ruffles Bonitos....
    Bro u missed out our fav dumpping ground RM!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin View Post
    Bro u missed out our fav dumpping ground RM!
    yah lor... then after 1 year they go to LA Galaxy

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    Quote Originally Posted by iskofil View Post
    yah lor... then after 1 year they go to LA Galaxy
    In the name to promote $occer in the $tate$! When having season break still can train at the Emirates Stadium hoping to get selected by the national squard! wait a min..... why does this sound so familar!

    Really have good future wif Man U, Retirement plans to all mapped out for u!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    I don't think they are good friends....so far I noticed MU only like to do business with a few teams....perhaps Fergie should buy Kevin Keegan a bottle of nice champagne one of this day
    We like RM. They love our players. I think Giggs and Scholes is still impt to Man Utd. Their experience will be useful in some games.

    1-1 is a good result. Lyon is the strongest runner up besides the English clubs.

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    Match Pack: Newcastle

    Last time United faced Newcastle they won 6-0. Last time they faced Newcastle under Kevin Keegan's management, they lost 5-0... surely this Saturday's meeting will give us something inbetween?

    Form Guide: Newcastle are on a dreadful run of form, having not won since Keegan returned as manager last month - their last league win was way back on 15 December, at Fulham. They have scored just two league goals in 2008, including the opener at Aston Villa a fortnight ago - Newcastle led 1-0 at half-time only to lose 4-1.

    Ins and Outs: With no midweek match to follow, Sir Alex could field a similar side to the one that drew with Lyon. Keegan may name young striker Andy Carroll in his side and recall Geremi following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Star Men: Cristiano Ronaldo will fancy his chances of taking his league tally to 20 or more following his sensational hat-trick against Newcastle last month. Michael Owen has started to find a bit of form for the opposition with goals in each of his last two matches.

    Rivals Watch: Arsenal travel to Birmingham for the early match on Saturday. Chelsea take a break from league action as they play Tottenham in the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.

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    Woohoo....... what a great 5-1 win against Newcastle!! Our dept in the midfield allowed SAF to field a fresh combination of Carrick, Nani, Ronaldo and Fletcher; resting those who played in the CL game against Lyon. The results shown in the potency of our attack supported by the tireless midfielders. We hardly shifted into 4th gear and the lads were partly motivated by the gunners' draw. The gap is closing fast!

    What happened to the rest of the supporters here at this hour? Still sleeping after watching the late morning live telecast of the match?

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    Good match!
    I know Big Kahuna is going to say we won becos giggs and scholes are not in the starting eleven

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