Champions League: Man United v Chelsea Preview

Tomorrow night Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Champions League quarter-final second leg. Chelsea go into the second leg 1-0 down after Man United beat them at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday.

Team News

Man United:

Rafael Da Silva is the only doubt for Man United ahead of the game.

Darren Fletcher is out of the game, he has been suffering from a virus. The last time Fletcher played was when he came on as a substitute against Liverpool on he 6th March.

Wayne Rooney missed United's 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday due to suspension but he can play for United in the Champions League. Also back for United is Rio Ferdinand, who also missed the win because he has been suffering from a calf injury.


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has a fully fit squad to pick from.

Yossi Benayoun and Alex both returned from injury at the weekend. Jose Boswinga has recovered from the illness that ruled him out at the weekend.

Most Recent Meeting

The two clubs played each other last Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Man United won the game 1-0 with Rooney scoring the only goal.


Man United and Chelsea have played each other 159 times. Man United have won 68 of those games, lost 44 times and there have been 47 draws.

Recent Form

Man United: WWWWW

9th April: Man United 2-0 Fulham (Premier League)
6th April: Chelsea 0-1 Man United (Champions League)
2nd April: West Ham 2-4 Man United (Premier League)
19th March: Man United 1-0 Bolton (Premier League)
15th March: Man United 2-1 Marseille (Champions League)
Chelsea: WLDWD

9th April: Chelsea 1-0 Wigan (Premier League)
6th April: Chelsea 0-1 Man United (Champions League)
2nd April: Stoke 1-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
20th March: Chelsea 2-0 Man City (Premier League)
16th March: Chelsea 0-0 FC Copenhagen (Champions League)


Sir Alex Ferguson:

"Chelsea are no more desperate than Manchester United, believe me”
"For any club when the expectations are high you come to a situation where it is all or nothing.
"People talk about us winning the league but we are desperate to win this game."

Carlo Ancelotti:

“I agree that United are favourites because they have an advantage from the first leg. But I’m sure they are not so comfortable because it’s not a clear result. We have to come back in the game – and we will.

“A win there is not easy but it’s good for us to think that last year when we needed to win there, we won. This is important for me. We have a good memory and it could be good to motivate us again.

"I think we have the team and we have the ability to win at Old Trafford.”


Olegario Benquerence (Portugal)

One Response so far.

  1. DavidTheAlien says:

    Really confident but very scared and nervous for this game. I keep thinking about last seasons league defeat at Old Trafford so i know that Chelsea can win. Honestly although we are favorites i also believe it just comes down to luck on the night coupled with tactics, starting line up etc. The teams are so evenly matched that this can definitely go either way. Looking for a 1-1 i think and some gut wrenching final few minutes lol. Will Park or Nani play from the beginning its going to be interesting to see for sure. nerves have already been kicking in for this one and yet again will be at work when game is on so will no doubt be a wreck.

    Viva John Terry !!!! lol

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