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.

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.”

Juan Mata rues the absence of Giggs in Valencia

While Manchester United will understandably be lamenting the absence of Ryan Giggs in Valencia on Wednesday night, one of the most disappointed will be Spain World Cup winner Juan Mata. The Valencia winger has recently admitted in an interview that he used to idolise Giggs when he was young. Sadly for Mata, Giggs was left behind at Old Trafford because of a hamstring injury picked up at Bolton on the weekend. The omission has left Mata disappointed “It is such a shame that Giggs won’t be playing because I would have loved to swap my shirt with him” he said. “I used to talk about Giggs a lot, because he was left footed like me and I used to watch his movements.”