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Fergie Disappointed As Rooney Is A Doubt For Milan

In hindsight, I very much regret that Clarence Seedorf managed to find the net during the closing stages of the AC Milan v Manchester United Champions League game. You see, had the Dutchman failed to convert his chance, the game would have ended 3-1 in United's favour and we would have a really comfortable advantage for the return leg.

As it is, we only have a one-goal lead and half the team is out. Michael Owen, Ryan Giggs, Anderson, John O'Shea and Owen Hargreaves are definitely out while Jonny Evans and crucially, Wayne Rooney are major doubts.

"Rooney is very doubtful for the Milan game unfortunately," Sir Alex told MUTV.

"It`s one of these bad bits of luck you get - the Wembley pitch has just killed him.

'I was pleased with how Berbatov did against Wolves though and I`ll probably start with him on Wednesday."

Yeah, Berbatov did quite well but he's no Rooney. Fergie admitted earlier that he was disappointed about Rooney, more specifically that Rooney had not come off much earlier in the midweek friendly against Egypt. He spent 86 minutes on the pitch with a knee problem aand as Fergie said, it 'killed him'.

Which means that we'll probably have a very strange-looking United side which really can't hope for much more than mere survival against Milan. If we can somehow hang on to a draw or even a one-goal defeat, I'll be delighted as the starting XI wil look something like this:

Van der Sar - Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra - Fletcher, Scholes, Gibson - Valencia, Berbatov, Park

Although it would not be a surprise if Nani started on the left again, ineffective though he was at Wolves and Park could play in central midfield, offering energy and tireless running which could disrupt the flow of Milan's football.

Either way, the absentees, particularly Carrick and Rooney, will be sorely missed and we can only pray that United won't mess up from here. Our historic win at the San Siro would lose most of its gloss if we got spanked in the return leg...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 6 2010

Time: 11:42PM

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What is it about Milan that always causes us key injuries?!? We get our starting back 5 out for the first time in a million years and then Brown gets crocked. We already have four of our starting front six missing! Add to that the fact that Nani is a liability on the left and Berba can't play the lone front man. We can't predict what kind of game Rafael will have against Ronaldinho and Gibson could get eaten alive by the Milan central midfield. I really hope Valencia, Scholes and Fletcher are up for this game because they are pretty much out their on their own. If we're lucky, we might be able to send Diouf on to perform his comedy miss routine which might slow the milan team down as they'll be laughing so hard. If we conceed more than one we're out as I can't see us scoring if we play the same system as we did against wolves.
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07/03/2010 02:03:00

Milan our mainly a very narrow team .So having park in the middle won't be the worst of decisions and Nani I don't know what to say but I guess he will play on the left which won't be great news but I guess it will be better than having gibson in the middle.
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07/03/2010 05:17:00

Boy! If Rooney doesn't play then you've got problems
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08/03/2010 00:29:00

Lets just see what happens then eh!
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