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Spalletti And Co. Have A Point

Unfortunately, Roma know what they are talking about. They are aware of the fact that though United are intimidating at Old Trafford, they are often like rabbits caught in headlights away from home.

Perhaps this is the area where we have improved most in the past two years: the attacking sparkle is yet to be found away from Old Trafford on the European stage but finally, we are hard to break down, with that one glaring exception in Milan.

Still, Roma do count on our weakness away from home and they do that with good reason.

'United are the best team in the world, but it's a long time since they got a very important win abroad,' coach Luciano Spalletti claimed and unfortunately, he's quite right.

'They're fantastic at Old Trafford, but they never dominate a match away. They are very good on the counter-attack, but they aren't good at controlling games.

'There will be no gifts from us, on or off the pitch, because we gave United too many last time. There will be no wine and fewer goals, and we will make sure we turn the Stadio Olimpico into a fortress for the visit of United.'

It is unlikely that we will go all out attack tonight. Fergie is already talking of the importance of defending well - in other words, he wants to survive this game and then blitz them at Old Trafford.

While that could work, it would be important to throw down the gauntlet in Europe, too. A same lesson in counter-attacking that we gave to Arsenal in the Emirates, without the dodgy defending, would go a long way of easing United fans' worries about the team's ability to cope away from home.

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Date:Tuesday April 1 2008

Time: 12:14PM

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With a weakened team this year they could not beat us in rome, and can they win 7-0
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01/04/2008 13:42:00

Best of luck tonight lads - hopefully see you in the Finals.
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01/04/2008 14:12:00

Heres to an all English final!
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01/04/2008 14:39:00

I hope that's true on April 26th! And A Chelsea Man U final would be quite a fing! Good luck tonight, stay safe. Up the Chels....
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01/04/2008 15:26:00

a Manutd vs Arsenal/chelsea final will be nice, personally i'd like to see Barca in the final, too... but that's impossible
Star 3000
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01/04/2008 16:24:00

A four team final, that would be great! Probably be quite hard to keep the ball though... :)
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01/04/2008 16:30:00

I'd love a ManU/Liverpool final. Thats what I want.
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01/04/2008 17:58:00

Good luck in Turkey OLASAL.A United Chelsea final would be awesome.I don't want to see the bindippers because in a one off game there is a chance they could win and the five fingers they put up is enough for me!!!
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01/04/2008 19:01:00

Respect to the Man u. Down with the Arse. And as for the Poo....
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01/04/2008 19:26:00

Roma coming on strong at the moment.VDS saves us again!!!
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01/04/2008 21:05:00

An English final would be strange!!
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01/04/2008 21:29:00

EVERYONE performed admirably today. plaudits must go to carrick, scholes and park.....but Rooney and Ronaldo...pure class!
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01/04/2008 23:11:00

sorry i forgot rio too, real captains performance. feck it, they all deserve 10/10
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01/04/2008 23:12:00

It was a good all round performance....bring on Barca ;)
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02/04/2008 04:11:00

I would like a United v Arsenal final, that would at least be a watchable game. Beating the scousers would be also nice though
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02/04/2008 13:32:00


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