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United wants a repeat of the 1999 Valencia defeat


Spain’s Valencia comes to Old Trafford on Tuesday night hoping to register their first away win over Manchester United and collect the three points which will take them to the top of Group C. Three previous visits produced two draws and a defeat. With both sides assured of progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League, another honourable draw will not surprise especially if Sir Alex Ferguson decides to field a starting line up with one eye upon the top of the table clash against Arsenal on Monday.

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Laurent Blanc puts his hand up to succeed Sir Alex


Now here’s a man who would be welcomed back with open arms at Manchester United in some capacity. Laurent Blanc was all class and elegance on the field during his 20 year playing career which ended at Old Trafford in 2003. Sir Alex Ferguson had brought him in at the age of 35 two years earlier as a stop gap replacement for Jaap Stam and hung up his boots after making a total of 75 appearances for the club.

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Media must not hound Rooney out of Old Trafford


Club legend Pat Crerand is urging the Manchester United faithful to get behind troubled striker Wayne Rooney when he takes the field at Old Trafford on Saturday as it will give him the lift he needs to rediscover the form which has deserted him. “Saturday is the perfect time for Wayne to get back amongst the goals and I’d urge all United fans to get behind him even more so than usual” Crerand said “It’s easy for players to lose their confidence but he’ll feel 100 per cent better if he walks out at Old Trafford and hears his name being sung by the fans.”

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