Manu Vs Inter Milan

February 24, 2009 at 7:48 am (sports) (, , , , , , )

Internazionale host reigning European champions Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.espnstar.com looks at the two great rivals in charge of the clubs.
Sir Alex Ferguson made his mark as a manager at Aberdeen, where he won three league titles and four Scottish Cups as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup in an eight-year spell.A move to Old Trafford followed where the Scot initially struggled, but he has gone on to win 10 league titles, five FA Cups and two League Cups with another Carling Cup final on Sunday.The Scot has also led the Red Devils to two Champions League titles.In January 2002 Mourinho joined Porto who overcame their poor start to finish third. In Mourinho’s first full season in charge, Porto won the treble of domestic league and cup, and UEFA Cup.Having defended their Portuguese league title, Porto won the 2004 Champions League.Mourinho moved to Chelsea and in his first season guided the Blues to the Premier League and Carling Cup.
Chelsea successfully defended their title in 2006 and in the following season they claimed the FA Cup and Carling Cup but in September he left Stamford Bridge. He never guided the Blues further than the Champions League semi-finals.United are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and seemingly on the brink of another league title.The Red Devils have not been beaten since they went down to Arsenal in the league on November 8, a run which takes in 27 games in all competitions.
United topped their qualification group and were unbeaten but they never hit the heights, winning two and drawing four of their games.However, since then the Old Trafford side have been relentless, as proficient in grinding out 1-0 wins as entertaining in style.

Inter are at the top of Serie A, nine points ahead of Juventus in second and are unbeaten at home.
They only just qualified for the knockout stage, finishing second one point ahead of Werder Bremen and two behind Panathinaikos.The less-than-flamboyant style Mourinho employs may be bringing results but he has not been universally welcomed by Inter’s fans.
Ferguson has a less than successful record against Mourinho with the Portuguese having lost only once in 10 previous meetings while in charge of Chelsea.Mourinho really came to prominence in England when he raced down the touchline under the steely glare of his United counterpart when Porto knocked the Red Devils out of the Champions League at Old Trafford in 2004.Mourinho found himself in trouble numerous times while in England both with UEFA and the Premier League and the pair are both outpoken.They enjoyed a number of off-field spats. Mourinho was convinced no penalties were given against United at Old Trafford and none for his side, something Ferguson described as a “personal crusade”, and he also believed United were given favourable fixtures after European games.Ferguson reacted furiously when Mourinho described Cristiano Ronaldo as having had a “difficult childhood…no education”.

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Ronaldo urges his teammates to kill

February 24, 2009 at 7:45 am (sports) (, , , , , )

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Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his Manchester United team-mates to play to their instincts and “kill” the opposition.The Red Devils’ wing wizard has also declared that his side will cripple Internazionale at the San Siro, and ensure that Jose Mourinho’s men will exit from the competition in a fortnight.”We have a more experienced team and are the reigning champions,” said Ronaldo. “It’s time to kill or be killed. Whoever loses will exit thecompetition – and we don’t want to lose.””It will be a difficult game but I think Manchester United have a better team,” continued the Portuguese superstar. “They’re a team with very experienced players but we also have our aces and great players.””It will be a good game, a well-contested game, and the better team will triumph,” concluded Ron. “I have won the Champions League and want to repeat that very soon.”The winger also expects to be heavily marked by the reigning Serie A champions in their Champions League second-round, first-leg clash.Sir Alex Ferguson believes that his player have the mettle to stand up to the physical test.”When we came here two years ago and played AC Milan in the semi-final, we saw the immaturity of the boy. But he is a different player now,” said Ferguson. “I want to see maturity from Ronaldo and everyone else because of the atmosphere and the competition.”Sir Alex is hopeful Jonny Evans and John O’Shea can recover from their injuries to start.

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Manchester United tops

February 7, 2009 at 4:32 am (sports) (, , , , )

United have the opportunity to claim an unprecedented quintuple this term with the team well poised in all competitions.

The Red Devils have already secured the World Club Cup in December and face Tottenham in the final of the Carling Cup on March 1st.

Ferguson’s side top the table in the Premier League and are currently in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League and FA Cup.

Although the Scot believes that such a feat is unlikely he admits the thought has crossed his mind.

“You would need the luck and you would need to keep all your players fit,” he told Sirius radio.

“If we keep everyone fit then yes, we’d have a chance. When you’re in a competition, you’ve got to try to win it and, as long as you’re still in that competition, you’ve got a chance.

“What we have done well recently is that we’ve had a lot of injuries but the squad has compensated and whatever team I have picked the players have just got on with it.

“But realistically I don’t see it.”

United’s chances of success this term have been given a boost with striker Wayne Rooney set to return from a hamstring injury for Sunday’s clash at West Ham,

The Red Devils’ attack is enhanced further with the return to form of World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese ace’s recent form of four goals in as many games ended a run of 11 games without a goal in all competitions.

“He’ll start to flourish now,” Ferguson said.

“You know what goalscorers are like, when they’re not scoring they’re a bit grumpy and when they are scoring they are the happiest people in the world.”

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