Emulating the figures symbolic of the club’s 1999 seems unlikely as current cultivation of Ferguson faced Marseille tonight in order to overcome the handicap of not scoring a goal away at 0-0 the match last month of first leg at the velodrome Stadium.
However, address the last 10 weeks of the season sitting on the top of the Premier League with a semi-final of the FA Cup against manchester City on the horizon and, save for an encounter with Barcelona on the road to Wembleyan opportunity to make progress at the national stadium of the Champions League final on May 28.
Three Premier League losses in a month have left United looking for less invincible, but Ferguson detects an opportunity for his players take control of their destiny.
Marseille, whose shows cautious tactics counter-attacking will ensure a nervous night at Old Trafford, is not of the caliber of some of the teams that United could be found at this stage and Ferguson expects his players to overcome the French champions.
But while internal rivals of United begin to feel the pressure of a sweltering list of pylons, Ferguson will not allow fear and fatigue to infect your computer just as silver begins to be in sight.
“The team needs to step up and has to carry out to win the League.” Ferguson said. “It’s a moment, to participate in three tournaments.” But we are far enough experience to do what we are doing at the moment, taking every game it is.
“The focus is on Marseille at the moment because they are a good team.” With these European games at Old Trafford in a night during the week, there is a fantastic atmosphere and to help us. Let us hope that it is the case and get what we want.
But the number of games is a situation that we have faced a million times. “You have to move forward.”
Success against Marseille would United against the prospect of a three-day quarter-finals of the Champions League before the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City.
Ferguson and his players have Barcelona or Bayern Munich as the d’ouevres hors to a meeting of Wembley with Carlos Tévez, but it is a demanding workload that Ferguson is determined to embrace.
“It is an incredible draw,” said Ferguson. “Many people thought it was going to be a final best, but that is a lack of respect to the other teams.” That is now taken away from us, is semi direct derby and should be a fantastic game.
“The key is that all available and it would be good that.” Park Ji-sung is advancing well and hopefully it will have on Saturday. Owen Hargreaves began training this morning, and you never know, we could have him available at the end of the season.
“No matter how many players have been injured in the past, the important thing is to have them available for filming.” “If we have, then it will increase our chances.”
Dispensers of Marseille is the immediate goal, however. It did little to counter Didier Deschamps claim that they lack “fantasy” during a turgid stagnation on the French Riviera, but as long as they are more adventurous in grass of home, must be protected give a goal away from home.
Nani return to training on Sunday after the Shin gashed sustained at Liverpool last week has given Ferguson a unexpected boost, but the Portuguese side is expected to start on the bench Tuesday night.
He will be prepared to enter in combat at some point, however, Marseille should confirm the fears of Ferguson for trying to establish a tactical trap for United.
Ferguson said: “we we’re playing a strong, experienced team of Marseille and have to play well.” I think that sit down and try and us hit us on the counter-attack.
“I’ve seen twice away from home, against Monaco and Rennes, and showed the qualities that we are against.”
“I felt he played a 0-0 there, I must admit, but perhaps they are safe.”
Manchester United has won five of the nine European ties where the first stage outside the home has been scoreless. The most notable victories were:
1999-2000 (Quarter-final CL)
Real Madrid 0 Man Utd 0; Man Utd 2 Real Madrid 3
2007-2009 (CL semi-final)
Barcelona 0 Man Utd 0; Man Utd 1 Barcelona 0
2008-2009 (16 Last CL)
Inter Milan 0 Man Utd 0; Man Utd 2 Inter Milan 0
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