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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Champions League Preview: United Take On Turkish Champions To Seek Virtual Qualification

United undertake what might prove to be a tough trip to Turkey to face Turkish champions Bursapor in a UEFA Champions League group stage game tonight...

The Red Devils, unbeaten in all competitions this season, will look to earn 3 whole points from this away fixture... A tough time in the league awaits them ahead as United take on Wolves, Man City & Aston Villa within the span of a week... United need to win tonight to secure virtual qualification for the knock-out stages of the elite European competition...

Rio Ferdinand happens to be the major absentee in the squad travelling to Bursa... Though it was earlier speculated that he was injured, but Ferdinand claimed on Twitter that he was fine... Anyway, that looks like another start for young centre-back Chris Smalling with Jonny Evans out too...

Magnus Eikrem, the talented Norwegian midfielder & Reserves captain also travels with a squad & is tipped to earn a spot on the bench... Also travelling with the squad will be shock summer signing Bébé...

Man Utd Squad: Van der Sar, Amos, Kuszczak, Evra, Brown, Vidic, Smalling, Rafael, Fabio, O'Shea, Eikrem, Scholes, Obertan, Bebe, Fletcher, Carrick, Park, Nani, Berbatov, Hernandez

United are unlikely to field a 4-5-1 formation similar to their last 2 European games coz of lack of options in central midfield... Berbatov & Hernandez should spearhead the attack being the only strikers in the squad... Nani will be accompanied on the flanks by Park, who should start after a convincing display against Spurs... Scholes may start since he came on as a substitute on Saturday, with Carrick/Fletcher vying for a start... Smalling should partner Vidic in central defence, with Brown & O'Shea as full-backs...

My Starting XI: Kuszczak, Brown, Vidic, Smalling, O'Shea, Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Park, Berbatov, Hernandez

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Yours,
CJ

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