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Pictures: United training ahead of Munich tie

April 7, 2010 Tags: , , , Shorts No comments

Manchester United’s players took part in an open training session at Carrington on Tuesday morning, with only Wayne Rooney and Owen Hargreaves the notable absentees.

Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Dimitar Berbatov

Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov

Nemanja Vidic

Federico Macheda

Sir Alex Ferguson

Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Dimitar Berbatov

John O'Shea, Sir Alex Ferguson

Photo credit: AP
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Poll: Should Fergie risk Rooney?

April 7, 2010 Tags: , , , Polls 5 comments

Indicators suggest that Wayne Rooney will be in Manchester United’s matchday squad for tonight’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie with Bayern Munich. The striker, injured eight days ago, attended today’s central Manchester team meeting and took part in yesterday’s informal 11-a-side youth team training match.

But should Sir Alex Ferguson risk long-term injury to his 34-goal striker by playing Rooney tonight?

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Belief required ahead of Munich tie

April 7, 2010 Tags: , Matches 2 comments

Manchester United head into the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich a goal down, shorn of its best player and seemingly shattered. Two defeats in a week have left United teetering on the brink in the Premier League and Europe, with fatigue and confidence conspiring against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

United’s 2-1 defeat in the Allianz Arena eight days ago, with the attached last-minute injury to Wayne Rooney’s ankle, has dominated both the headlines and Ferguson’s thinking. The crushing Old Trafford reverse to Chelsea last Saturday only compounding the Scot’s problems.

But Ferguson’s sides are nothing if not resilient with Ryan Giggs demanding belief ahead of the crunch tie with Bayern tonight.

“Losing successive matches does not shake the belief of the players,” said Giggs.

“When you look around the dressing room and see the players around you, the belief has to be there because there is so much talent.

“We have been looking sharp in training over the last couple of days so the preparation has been good. As a professional you are disappointed when you have one bad result. When you have a couple it is even more disappointing.

“But you always have that next game to rectify that. Hopefully we can do it. I am sure we will.”

Ferguson, impressed by Munich’s endeavor in the first leg, is set to pick a side full of pace and purpose at Old Trafford. The much criticised Dimitar Berbatov will likely be flanked by both Nani and Antonio Valencia in attacking.

The Scot may also choose Rafael da Silva and Park Ji-Sung in a side without United’s legendary veteran trio of Paul Scholes, Giggs and Gary Neville but brimming with energy. John O’Shea could make the bench following a four-month injury absence.

The crowd has it’s part to play according to the Scot, with Ferguson echoing Giggs’ call for a rousing reception at Old Trafford that could send United into a semi-final meeting with Olympique Lyonnais or Girodins Bordeaux at the end of April.

“Old Trafford has that suction behind the goal, in the Stretford End in the second half the ball gets sucked into the goal,” he said.

“It’s amazing. It’s not always in respect of the team, the fans sometimes make it happen. Those last-minute goals, there are too many to count, it’s not by accident. It’s the way we play.”

While the media’s attention has been firmly on Wayne Rooney’s ankle over the past week – the England striker returning to light training on Monday – there is little chance of the former Evertonian starting tomorrow according to Ferguson.

“He’s got no chance,” said Ferguson.

“We’ve made some good progress with the lad, the medical team have done fantastic, but I’m not prepared to take a risk on a player who is not 100 per cent fit.”

“You can’t take a risk with a player who is not 100 per cent.”

But the Scot intimated that Rooney, who missed United’s open training session Tuesday morning, could make the bench if the Scouser is persistent enough.

The striker took place in a closed full-sized practice match away from the media’s eyes Tuesday afternoon, although a substitute appearance against Blackburn Rovers next weekend is still the more likely outcome.

“I don’t think he will be on the bench although he might talk me into it, it is a difficult one,” Ferguson joked.

In reality United will have to change its lethargic approach in the past two ties without its 34-goal hitman. At least from the start.

Once again the focus is on Berbatov to support the pace of United’s attacking play. Much against the Bulgarian’s instincts. Perhaps more importantly Ferguson’s side must keep possession better than at any stage over the past week.

Pictures and video: Rooney injury

March 31, 2010 Tags: , , Shorts 1 comment

Wayne Rooney will have an MRI scan on his injured right ankle today after his Manchester United team lands back in England today. The 34-goal striker badly twisted the ankle in the build up to Bayern Munich’s second goal in the Allianz Arena last night. United fear ankle ligament damage, which will keep the player on the sidelines for more than a month.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney is helped by United's medical staff, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs

Wayne Rooney

Rooney is helped off the Allianz Arena pitch

Wayne Rooney

Rooney leaves the Allianz Arena on crutches with a cast around his ankle

Guardian Video of Rooney leaving the Allianz Arena, with interviews from Sir Alex Ferguson, Edwin van der Sar and Louis van Gaal.

Fletch: we were taught a lesson

March 31, 2010 Tags: , , Shorts No comments

Darren Fletcher says that Bayern Munich taught his Manchester United team  a lesson in the Allianz Arena last night as the Reds went down 2-1 to the German giants. United, poor from start to finish, must overcome a first leg deficit a week from today if Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are to progress to the Champions League semi-final.

“It’s not insurmountable,” Fletcher told United mouthpiece ManUtd.com.

“Although we’re disappointed to have lost two late goals, 2-1 isn’t the worst result in the world. We now know what we have to do at home.

“We certainly respected Bayern before this match and we’ve still got great respect for them. They’re a very good side. You don’t play any bad sides in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“We’ve learned a lot about Bayern and about ourselves tonight and we’ll take all that into the match at Old Trafford next Wednesday.

“The Bayern midfielders pressed the ball quite quickly and got numbers behind the ball. It was difficult in there, but you expect that when you go away from home in Europe.

“We knew Bayern would have a lot of possession and we’ll be looking to do the same next week. We’re confident against anyone at Old Trafford.

“We know what to expect from Bayern Munich and we’ll be ready for their challenge.”

United must score at least once at Old Trafford and probably without Wayne Rooney, who hobbled away from the Allianz Arena on crutches wearing a protective cast round a badly twisted ankle. The 34-goal striker will have an MRI scan today to determine the extend of the injury.

United and Rooney go down in Munich

March 30, 2010 Tags: , Matches 2 comments

Manchester United produced a sub-par performance in the Allianz Arena on a difficult night for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. Wayne Rooney’s early goal looked to have earned United a share of the spoils, before Ivica Olic’s deserved late winner for Bayern Munich secured a first leg lead for the home side in Southern Germany.

Worse news came as Olic struck home the winner – United’s talisman Rooney hobbled off the pitch with a seriously twisted right ankle that almost certainly puts the striker out of the weekend’s Premier League tie with Chelsea.

Ferguson will at least be thankful his side is just a goal down, with the Louis van Gaal’s side giants creating at least a dozen opportunities in a vibrant atmosphere as United repeatedly gave the ball away.

“He has got a kick to the ankle, we will just have to wait and see tomorrow (Wednesday),” Ferguson told Sky Sports.

“Hopefully it’s not too serious. He may be doubtful for Saturday but we don’t know, it’s too early to say.”

Ferguson sprang only a minor selection surprise in leaving in-form Antonio Valencia on the bench in favour of Ji-Sung Park and Nani in wide areas, with the Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher triumvirate charged with retaining possession in the centre of the park.

The selection paid immediate dividends with Nani forcing a foul from Bayern’s returning defender Martin Gaston Demichelis inside a minute. As the Portuguese winger collected the ball on the right-wing, the Argentinian needlessly hacked down the former Sporting player. Rooney, unmarked inside the six yard area, gleefully stabbed home the free-kick.

Moments later and United’s neat movement on the edge of the area created an opportunity for Scholes only for the midfielder to blaze over. Then Nani skinned Daniel Van Buyten before dragging wide when he perhaps should have scored.

It was about as good as it got for United in a half Bayern came to dominate, with Ferguson’s side frequently gifting possession to the home side.

Indeed, with Franc Ribéry and Danijel Pranjic testing Edwin van der Sar in the United net, the great Dutchman required all his experience as United sat deep and invited the home side forward in the opening 45.

Bayern, inventive in attack and combative when not in possession, almost caught United cold as the second period began, with Ribéry living up to his pre-match billing and fashioning a chance for Olic with a wonder disguised pass.

Thomas Müller’s deflected shot and then Hamit Altintop both tested van der Sar’s resilience as United’s midfield conceded both the ball and territory.

Ferguson, sensing an opportunity despite Bayern’s dominance, threw on Dimitar Berbatov and switched United’s formation to a more traditional 4-4-2 but it did little to add spark to the visitor’s attacking play.

An equaliser seemed inevitable, and with 15 minutes to go the goal came following Gary Neville’s needless handball on the edge of United’s area. Ribéry, Munich’s brightest forward, scuffed the free-kick only for Rooney to deflect the shot into his own net. In truth, Bayern earned the slice of luck.

Now the Germans sensed victory and with just seconds left in injury time Patrice Evra dallied on the ball for too long allowing Olic to nip in and score a fully deserved winner for the home side to reverse the scoreline from the 1999 final.

This time it was Rooney not the Germans who crumpled to the floor in agony. Not with the pain of defeat but a badly twisted ankle that Ferguson will hope is not confirmed as ligament damage.

“We didn’t play well enough to be honest, we kept giving the ball away. We caused our own defeat,” added Ferguson.

“Bayern were the better team, we can’t complain about that, but we’re better than that in possession. We kept giving it away and that was our downfall.

“The first goal was a bit of luck with a deflection but the last goal, I don’t know how you describe it. The game was done and we gave a terrible goal away.

“Old Trafford will be a different game, obviously. We will be much better, no doubt about that, and hopefully we can recover.

“We have the away goal and we’ll go out to win the game.”

At 2-1 down United will have to and quite possibly without 34-goal striker Rooney. Bayern, with Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger set to return for the Old Trafford leg, could well be a much tougher opposition than Ferguson had hoped for.

Remembering 1999

March 30, 2010 Tags: , , Opinion 3 comments
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United’s record against German giants Bayern Munich reads seven competitive matches played and one victory. But what a match that was. United’s 2-1 win in Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium 11 years ago still ranks among the greatest highlights in the history of the club. Tonight’s fixture cannot compete but this should put you in the mood…

Mario Basler

Mario Basler scores in the 6th minute to give Bayern the lead

Teddy Sherringham

Teddy Sherringham scores in the 90th minute

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The iconic moment as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scores United's winner

Bayern Munich's players collapse as the final whistle goes

Bayern Munich's players collapse as the final whistle goes

David May

'Superstar' David May celebrates United's victory

Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole celebrate

Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole celebrate

United's fans celebrate on the streets on Manchester

United's players and fans celebrate on the streets on Manchester

And in case that isn’t enough for you, enjoy the highlights all over again ….

United head to Munich with Rio and Roo

March 29, 2010 Tags: , Matches No comments

Manchester United head into the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich in German with key players Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney fit to start after the pair sat out Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. Instead, it is Bayern with cause for concern as wingers Arjen Robben and Franc Ribéry sweat on fitness.

Winners on away goals over Fiorentina in the previous round and due to play the second leg at Old Trafford in a little over a week’s time, the odds seem stacked against the Southern German side.

Indeed, United start the tie as hot favourites to reach a third successive Champions League semi-final after the humiliation handed out by Sir Alex Ferguson’s to AC Milan in the round of 16.

Ribéry has suffered with tendinitis for long periods this season, while Robben is struggling with a calf strain, although the Frenchman is more likely to make the side.

But Bayern, dubbed FC Hollywood in the past due to an ego-ridden dressing room, has lost little in confidence despite the concern over the star wingers’ fitness.

“This Manchester United team is not invincible,” said former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger Robben, who believes United is overly reliant on Wayne Rooney.

“If the press want to see them as favourites then that suits us because all the pressure will be on them.”

“I have watched them on television many times recently and their team is certainly not as powerful as it was in the last two years.”

“Rooney has been phenomenal this season. But at the moment he seems to be their only solution. He has become the star of the side since the sale of Ronaldo last summer but we will be prepared to stop him.

“They are almost a one-man team so our defenders will give him 180 minutes of non-stop distraction.”

The focus on Rooney could mean abandoning Bayern’s man-to-man marking system, with Ferguson certain to deploy the Scouser centrally in a three-man attack. The former Evertonian will lead the line, with Dimitar Berbatov’s brace at Bolton on Saturday unlikely to save the striker from a place on the bench.

Ferguson will choose between Ryan Giggs, Nani and Antonio Valencia in wide areas, with Michael Carrick set to return to central midfield and Park Ji-Sung a possible starter in an advanced midfield role.

John O’Shea, Owen Hargreaves, Anderson and Michael Owen missed the trip to Germany, although the former could make United’s squad for the weekend fixture against Chelsea.

Should Bayern lose Robben and Ribéry, manager Louis van Gaal is likely to stick with Thomas Müller and Ivica Olic in the front three. Each started the German’s 2-1 loss to VfB Stuttgart at the weekend that has left van Gaal’s side two points of leaders Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile, striker Mario Gomez will start on the bench due to a lack of match fitness, while star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger misses the game through suspension.

Ferguson admitted that Schweinsteiger’s absence is “a bonus” for United, although the Scot plans include both Robben and Ribéry in the opposition line-up.

“Whether Ribery or Robben will play, I don’t know,” Ferguson said.

“But I have to plan for that. Those two players are special in Bayern’s setup.”

“We’re picking a team that we think is right for tomorrow. On Saturday I’ve got to think differently. We need to get this one over with first.”

“I respect Bayern Munich and have a great admiration for them. You’re playing history. Teams with history have a certain pride and we have to contend with that tomorrow.”

United: van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick, Park; Valencia, Rooney, Nani.
Subs from: Kuszczak, Rafael, Evans, Scholes, Giggs, Gibson, Berbatov, Macheda, De Laet, Foster