Thursday, April 12, 2007

Fourth time lucky for United v Milan?

United don't have a good record against AC Milan, in fact we've come off second best in each of the three times we've met them in the past.

The first time we played AC Milan was in season 58-59, and it was just a few weeks after the Munich disaster when we lost so many stars, no surprise then that the makeshift side we put out for both legs of the semi-final lost 5-2 on aggregate, but somehow we won the first leg at Old Trafford 2-1 with Ernie Taylor and Dennis Viollet on target for United.

AS defending champions in 68-69 we narrowly lost the semi-final on aggregate 1-2, after losing the first leg 2-0 in Italy and then winning 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to Bobby Charlton.

Most recently we lost both legs 0-1 at home and away in 2005.

This time I fancy United, because I believe we will have the legs on an ageing Milan side. I cannot see the Italian's being able to stop Ronaldo and Rooney over 180 minutes of football, so we should have too much pace for them and I believe this along with keeping Ronaldo fit and also crucially by not getting booked in either game will be key. Ronaldo, Scholes and Rio Ferdinand are I believe one booking away from a suspension. Scholes missed the final in 99 due to being banned, we don't want to happen to any of our players this year should we reach the final.

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