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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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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 1 2008

Time: 12:14PM

Your Comments

With a weakened team this year they could not beat us in rome, and can they win 7-0
cyjax
Best of luck tonight lads - hopefully see you in the Finals.
OLASAL
Heres to an all English final!
Tosswink
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....
Bumps
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
A four team final, that would be great! Probably be quite hard to keep the ball though... :)
Tosswink
I'd love a ManU/Liverpool final. Thats what I want.
welshboy78
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!!!
java
Respect to the Man u. Down with the Arse. And as for the Poo....
Bumps
Roma coming on strong at the moment.VDS saves us again!!!
java
An English final would be strange!!
Matt_Us
EVERYONE performed admirably today. plaudits must go to carrick, scholes and park.....but Rooney and Ronaldo...pure class!
united4life
sorry i forgot rio too, real captains performance. feck it, they all deserve 10/10
united4life
It was a good all round performance....bring on Barca ;)
java
I would like a United v Arsenal final, that would at least be a watchable game. Beating the scousers would be also nice though
midlothian99
 

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