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.
Many will disagree but it’s no wonder that I love the man! From a football rebel he has become a social one and all power to him. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is calling on people worldwide to withdraw their money from banks to put a stop to the misery of the worldwide recession caused by the banks, gaining widespread support in France, Britain and Ireland along the way. He’s convinced that a campaign for people to go to their ATM and withdraw all their savings on December 7th would spark a revolution in which people will be freed from the misery piled on them by those banks.
Despite lasting the whole 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat of Wigan on Saturday, a groin injury picked up while playing for England in the friendly match against France last week will keep Manchester United’s influential defender Rio Ferdinand out of the Champions League clash with Rangers on Wednesday night. According to manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the injury was not bad enough to rule him out of the Wigan game but is not prepared to risk aggravating the problem in Glasgow. United only needs a single point from their last two qualifying matches to ensure progress to the knock out stage.