Hosts aiming for fifth successive quarter-final appearance in Champions League
By Gill Clark
Manchester United: Van der Sar; Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs; Hernandez, Rooney.
Marseille: Mandanda; Fanni, Diawara, Heinze, Taiwo; Mbia; Lucho Gonzalez, Cheyrou; Valbuena, Remy, Ayew.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Manchester United have never lost to a French team in European competition at Old Trafford, in 11 ties they have won eight and drawn three times.
- Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have the meanest defence in the Champions League this season. The Red Devils have conceded just one goal, against Valencia when Pablo scored back in December.
- However, United have also struggled for goals in the competition and have managed just two in front of their own fans in Europe this season (against Valencia and Bursaspor).
- Manchester United also possess the best disciplinary record in the Champions League this season, having picked up just three bookings.
- The Red Devils have scored just seven goals in the tournament this season, with each goal coming from a different player (Anderson, Hernandez, Rooney, Fletcher, Obertan, Bebe and Nani).
- Marseille arrive at Old Trafford having now gone 512 minutes (over five games) without conceding a goal.
- Indeed the last goals scored against the French champions came in England, at Stamford Bridge, when John Terry and Nicolas Anelka secured a 2-0 win for Chelsea.
- The last time Marseille reached the quarter-finals they went on to win the competition, back in 1993.
- The French side have lost just one of their last 10 games, against league leaders Lille 2-1, the winning goal coming in the 90th minute.
- Marseille have won just once on English soil, back in 2007 when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield.
February 23, 2011: Marseille 0-0 Manchester United
The two sides played out a drab draw in the first leg at the Stade Velodrome with chances at a premium at both ends.
Sir Alex Ferguson felt Marseille should have been reduced to 10 men in the second half after Wayne Rooney appeared to be pulled back when running through on goal but also admitted that 0-0 could prove to be a “dangerous score” for the Red Devils.