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0-0 in Marseilles not brilliant but totally efficient


Far from brilliant but total, professional, efficiency which has pretty much been the hallmark of Manchester United this season. The scoreless draw at the Marseille Velodrome should see the Reds safely through to the quarter finals in the return leg. It must be said that keeping substitute hit man Javier Hernandez on the bench was surprising as the young Mexican could have snatched a winner in the last 10 or 15 minutes as he did at Valencia in the Group stage. But Sir Alex Ferguson is fully aware that a home and away Cup tie presents a different challenge.

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Marseilles boss remembers the ’99 Juventus lesson


21 April 1999, Stadio Del Alpi, Turin, Champions League Semi Final, second leg –  The man who will be trying to mastermind a Marseilles defeat over Manchester United at the Velodrome on Wednesday night was an influential  member of the Juventus side in that unforgettable match. Midfielder and France World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamps admitted “United played superbly. We did well in the first 20 minutes but after that we really suffered and they deserved to win. We should have won the away leg but at 2-0 up we should have done the hardest part.” Deschamps won everything as a player and has so far had a hugely successful start to his career as manager. He gave Sun Sport’s European Football Correspondent Antony Kastrinakis an exclusive interview at Marseille’s training ground ahead of the French champs’ clash with Manchester United in the Champions League.

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Marseilles boss remembers the '99 Juventus lesson


21 April 1999, Stadio Del Alpi, Turin, Champions League Semi Final, second leg –  The man who will be trying to mastermind a Marseilles defeat over Manchester United at the Velodrome on Wednesday night was an influential  member of the Juventus side in that unforgettable match. Midfielder and France World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamps admitted “United played superbly. We did well in the first 20 minutes but after that we really suffered and they deserved to win. We should have won the away leg but at 2-0 up we should have done the hardest part.” Deschamps won everything as a player and has so far had a hugely successful start to his career as manager. He gave Sun Sport’s European Football Correspondent Antony Kastrinakis an exclusive interview at Marseille’s training ground ahead of the French champs’ clash with Manchester United in the Champions League.

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