March 17, 2011 – There are more Manchester United stories published in the media than any other club – some are worth reading, others are absolute garbage! So how can anyone possibly keep up with them all? Truly Reds does it’s best to bring you the latest news about United but there’s only so much that can be covered. Our only alternative is to collate the stories which cannot be updated on a daily basis so that they can at least be brought to your attention each Thursday of every week
A nerve wracking final 10 minutes at Old Trafford saw Manchester United safely through to the Champions League quarter finals after a Wes Brown own goal gave Marseille a sniff of getting a late equaliser to qualify on away goals. Javier Hernandez had earlier scored twice to give United what appeared to be some much needed breathing space until Brown headed into his own net from a Marseille corner kick. The overwhelming feeling amongst United fans when the final whistle went was one of sheer relief!
A historic fact first, Manchester United has never lost at home to a French team. That cannot guarantee anything of course but 21 year old central defender Chris Smalling is convinced that the Old Trafford factor can help steer United into the Champions League quarter finals. With the continued absence of Rio Ferdinand, Smalling is assured of partnering captain Nemanja Vidic in the middle of the defence for what promises to be a torrid second leg clash with Marseille. Based on the first leg performance, United has the quality to claim a berth in the last eight but the French champions are dangerous opposition on the break