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UEFA Champions League

  • 12 April 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: Olegário Manuel Benquerenca
  • • Attendance: 74672
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Manchester United - Chelsea Preview: Red Devils looking to extend unbeaten home run to reach semi-finals

Manchester United - Chelsea Preview: Red Devils looking to extend unbeaten home run to reach semi-finals

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have advantage as they host Blues at Old Trafford in second leg of Champions League quarter-final, with Wayne Rooney’s goal securing first-leg win




PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Manchester United: Van der Sar; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani; Hernandez, Rooney.


Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester United haven’t lost a knockout game at Old Trafford in the Champions League since their defeat at the hands of AC Milan in 2005.
  • United have won their last six games in all competitions.
  • Ferguson’s men haven’t lost at home all season.
  • Dimitar Berbatov is the club’s leading scorer this season with 22 goals to his name, but none of them have come in the Champions League.
  • United made eight changes for Saturday’s win against Fulham, but still won comfortably 2-0.
  • Chelsea have scored just twice in their previous three games.
  • The Blues' £50 million striker Fernando Torres has failed to score now in 11 games since joining in January.
  • Nicolas Anelka is this season’s second top scorer in the Champions League.
  • Last week’s home defeat against the Red Devils was Chelsea's first in the competition for seven games.
  • Chelsea have won just five of their 10 games that Torres has played in.

 


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Hitting the deck | Rooney didn't go near cameras after goal

April 6, 2011: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

Imperious skill and control from Ryan Giggs set up a first-half Wayne Rooney strike to seal a vital away win, despite shouts for a clear Chelsea penalty in the closing stages.

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Available Squads
1Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
29Tomasz KuszczakGoalkeeper
5Wes BrownDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
26John TerryDefender
33AlexDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
18Yuri ZhirkovMidfielder
11Didier DrogbaStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
Players to Watch
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The diminutive forward appears back to his best form after a difficult start to the season. He has scored four goals in his last two games and will once again provide a stern test for Michael Essien as he drops deep to collect the ball.
Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
In a season blighted by injury, the Ivorian striker hasn’t been at his best. Just 11 goals this season but still has the tools to scare any defence as he showed glimpses of against Stoke City last weekend.
Prediction
The game is destined to be a tight affair with chances at a premium and I think United will show their composure to ensure a victory but not without a scare from the Blues, who could be saying goodbye to Mr Ancelotti after the game.
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