Manchester United vs. Rangers UEFA Champions League Preview

by Punter's Hero on September 14, 2010

in Football

manchester united uefa champions league previewManchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, looks set to recall Wayne Rooney who was rested during last weekend’s match with Everton.

“I’ve no regrets about leaving him out. I did the right thing,” said Ferguson.

“He’s a terrific player and he’ll be looking forward to tomorrow. We expect a good performance from him”.

Rooney rejoined the squad for training yesterday and seemed in good spirits laughing and joking with team-mates as he trained at Carrington in Manchester. United have had what can only be described as a shaky start to the season so Rooney is likely to start against Rangers.

There may be even more good news for Ferguson as Rio Ferdinand may well be fit to feature in the game. United seem to have been missing Ferdinand’s services as they uncharacteristically have let in late goals against Fulham and Everton.

“It’s not frailty, it’s been a lack of concentration in our defending,” admitted Ferguson. “Until the last few moments on Saturday we were very good.

“Rio has trained last few weeks and he needs to play games now.”

Today’s UEFA Champions League game against Rangers pits the United boss up against the team he played for in the late 60s. He will also be up against good friend and former United assistant manager Walter Smith, now Rangers boss.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Ferguson. “It brings a bit of focus on me being a Scot and playing for Rangers but when we’re playing at home it doesn’t matter who we play, we want to win.

“You always have to assess the manager you’re facing. I know how good a tactician Walter is. Rangers won the league last year and you have to give it to him.

“If you look at their performances away from home in the Champions League last year they were very good.

“They’ll be organised, they have no problems with temperament and fitness and they won’t be overawed coming here. It won’t be easy.

“But we have to face that many times – teams with a game plan – and we must do something about it.”

Totesport are offering a free £25 bet on the game which will be firmly sticking on United to beat Rangers.

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