Marseille vs Manchester United – 2011 Champions League Video

Olympic Marseille vs Manchester United
Venue: Stade Velodrome
Date: Wednesday, 23 February
Kick-off: 1945 GMT

So the last of the four English clubs is set to battle it out this evening in France, the first time the two teams have met in the competition since 1999.

United are sure to be favourites, unbeaten in European competition so far this season and flying high at the top of the Premier League. However, Marseille should be taken seriously by the North-West club, they are unbeaten in twelve at home and swept aside English Champions Chelsea at the Stade Velodrome in December.

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The bookies have this one tipped to be a cagey affair with United sneaking out of France with the advantage, though Marseille have proven they can score in Europe having smashed seven past MSK Zelina earlier in the campaign.

Manchester United are without captain Rio Ferdinand and veteran Ryan Giggs for the match, meaning that it is likely that Chris Smalling will partner Nemanja Vidic in defence. Furthermore, injuries to Jonny Evans, Anderson and Michael Owen have allowed youngsters Joshua King and Ryan Tunnicliffe to travel with the squad.

With regards to Marseille, French International striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is out for a couple of weeks with a groin injury and doubts over the fitness of Loic Remy and Brandao could leave the Ligue 1 champions lacking fire-power up top.

Former full-back Gabriel Heinze may face a cold reception from away fans having previously left United to join Real Madrid a couple of years ago. The Argentine defender’s public desire to go to Liverpool eventually paved the way for his exit out of Old Trafford.

 


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