Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Has Fergie given United's European hopes the "kiss of death"?

Ahead of United's must win second-leg Champions League semi-final at Old Trafford this evening Ferguson has been talking to the press about the big game.

It's feared that the Champions could be without the services of Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic due to injuries and with the tie delicately balanced at 0-0 from the first leg, few United fans will be 100% confident of victory given the Reds shaky form of late.

At the pre-match press conference Ferguson admitted that the first-leg performance was the worst this season in Europe - but there was no mention of his dire tactics that saw Rooney being deployed as an extra midfielder, or what is it an auxiliary right-back? No one is actually sure.

Despite United's injury problems and Ferguson's bizarre tactics, the team will have to overcome them against a Barcelona team that will include defender Carles Puyol who was missing from the first-leg.

However, Fergie might well have given us the proverbial European kiss of death when saying "I remain optimistic because I believe we have come a long way since falling at this last-four hurdle in the past."...

Let us hope the manager's ill-timed words do not come back to haunt us, Fergie could live to regret those comments in the worst case scenario.

The Champions have the players to win this game, providing that they believe in themselves and they don't listen/stick too much to Fergie's tactics. Tonight we have to do what we should have done last week, go to win the game the United way.

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