Sir Alex has called on his players to finish the job they started at the San Siro three weeks ago. United won in Milan for the very first time 2-3 and hence are now one foot clear in the last eight of Europe's premier club competition. Make no mistake about it, Milan still have a very good chance of making it through, especially due to that late Seedorf goal, but you have t feel that we have a very good chance. I mean you look around the other sides in England that have to overturn defeats (Chelsea and Arsenal) and you appreciate the position we are in. Our three away goals have given us the security of progressing even after a 1-0 defeat tomorrow. Surely, United can protect that at home---and I don't care about the opposition.
Having said that, United are not going out to defend. It's certainly what the Italians will expect but we are United and we play to kill! The first goal could be crucial in this one as it will either finish off Milan(if we score it) or it will give them what they will be looking for in this game(if they score it). We've got Ferdinand and Vidic plus EVDS in that defence so the errors of Milan should not be repeated. I mean its funny that we are in this position and yet Milan could have been 4-0 up in that first leg after half an hour. It really kills my mind.
Wayne Rooney is fit. He'll start. That means that we shouldn't be as toothless as we were on Saturday at Wolves. Brown is out for six weeks so Rafael gets another shot at Ronaldinho. He didn't do too well in Italy against his fellow countryman but he's relishing another battle. The first leg experience could have only improved him.
Carrick, Anderson and Giggs are not available for us. I think its the first time that we miss the trio at the same time. It might mean that Gibson could start alongside Fletcher--that is if the manager is not interested in giving Scholes another day out in quick succession.
European nights hardly disappoint at OT so here's to the fans turning up the volume. It's a chance for us to make the last eight in Europe for the fourth successive season. It's another one of those nights when we have to BELIEVE!
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