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Manchester United vs. Portsmouth

Old Trafford

27/01/07

17:15

On Sky

United v Pompey

I wouldn't like to be in Portsmouth's position. Visiting Old Trafford after United had lost an important game in the last ten minutes - these experiences tend to be dismal for the visiting team.

United will be looking to avenge the Arsenal defeat agains Portsmouth in the FA Cup 4th round and Pompey are clearly up for it. They should expect a long, difficult evening at Old Trafford...

Having said that, they have the ability to avoid the usual fate of the teams who get into our path after a defeat. 'Arry Redknapp could not prevent an emphatic 3-0 drubbing in the league this season but he's got a good squad, good money and a healthy league position so confidence must be high.

Winning the Cup maybe beyond Pompey and losing won't be such a bitter blow for them, with the team challenging for Europe. The league is their main priority and we must make the most of that.

Vital Quotes:

Andy Cole is confident Portsmouth can pull off a huge shock on Saturday.

"This is the hardest draw we could have got,' he told The Sun. 'Everyone wants to stay away from the big boys and if you are unfortunate enough to draw United you would prefer them at home.

"But we have to get on with it and the way we have acquitted ourselves this season we will go there believing we can get a result. If we acquit ourselves well, there`s no reason why we cannot cause an upset.'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, another great contributor of the greatest season of all, believes Sir Alex is the most important reason behind United's so far successful campaign.

"The manager is the most important person. He knows when to rotate the team, he knows when to rest players."

"We must not dwell on the Arsenal result. It was an even game and there were pure bits of quality at both ends for the goals.

"You would be worried if Arsenal had outplayed you. But they did not."

Manchester United Team News:

No fresh injury worries so Fergie will have plenty of options to choose from.

Player to watch: Wayne Rooney

First ever headed goal for United, now we look forward to a great display.

Portsmouth Team News:

Dejan Stefanovic is definitely out though he's back in full training. Noe Pamarot could be fit for the game after a swift recovery from a torn gron muscle. New signing Lauren, one of the most unpopular players at Old Trafford is not fit enough to play.

Player to watch: Nwankwo Kanu

Another ex-Arsenal man, hopefully he'll be kept quiet.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

3-1 United. We'll brush Pompey aside with determination.

Next Fixtures:

Watford home and Tottenham away in the league.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 25 2007

Time: 5:43PM

Your Comments

Any side with Arry Redknapp at the helm is capable of pulling off shock defeats.
getintoem
When Pompy lose its never a shock :-)
col8
man utd will be looking to bounce back so watch out pompy
rooneyisgod
Rooney made the difference his second goal was pure class.
col8
 

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