Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Will Roma again beg for mercy from Man. United?
by Paul Kennedy, October 2nd, 2007 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, italy, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

[MARQUEE MATCHUP] Manchester United hosts Roma at Old Trafford Tuesday in a repeat of their memorable UEFA Champions League encounter last spring.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson doesn't expect a repeat of the match that ended with a 7-1 victory for United in one of the most spectacular displays of attacking soccer in recent history.

"It was a one-off," Ferguson said. "It won't happen again. European football is just not that way these days. It was an exceptional performance. I think it will be difficult because Roma are playing well. It's a big occasion for them after the defeat they suffered last year. They will want to turn that scoreline around."

Comments by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the architects of the rout, wouldn't sit well with Roma players. The Portuguese winger said Roma players were begging for mercy during the game, asking him to stop his dribbling moves with United up 6-0.

"I often get some comments from opposition players that bring a smile to my face," Ronaldo said.

Roma is also reeling from a 4-1 loss to Inter Milan last Saturday in a clash of Serie A leaders.

"We must forget our defeat to Inter and bounce back straight away," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said. "We are jumping into a completely different reality on Tuesday and we must be strong mentally. Let's not forget we had to play for an hour in numerical inferiority [after Frenchman Ludovic Giuly was red carded].

United will have Pole Tomasz Kuszczak in place of the injured Edwin van der Sar (toe) in goal. Defenders Wes Brown and Nemanja Vidic are also questionable after being injured in the 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.

PROBABLE LINEUPS:
Manchester United -- Kuszczak, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tevez, Giggs, Rooney.
Roma -- Doni, Cicinho, Mexes, Juan, Tonetto, De Rossi, Pizarro, Giuly, Perrotta, Mancini, Totti.
Referee: Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain).



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer    
"Our newest soccer champions represent an opportunity for New York to recognize that heroes and role ...
ICYMI | MLS: The wait for Pirlo ends    
Is one of the greatest Italian players in history worth a reported $9 million over 18 ...
Average attendance down at Canada 2015    
While the total attendance of 1,353,506 for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada set a ...
TV Report: BeIN Sports draws 1.5 million viewers for Copa America final    
BeIN Sports averaged more than 1.5 million total viewers on its two networks for the Argentina-Chile ...
MLS Power Rankings: Sporting KC retains first place    
Sporting Kansas City kept the top spot in Soccer America's MLS  Power Rankings after sitting out ...
Scouting Report: USA opens against reshaped Catrachos    
The USA begins its Gold Cup title defense against a familiar foe, Honduras, in the second ...
2015 Gold Cup Schedule    
The 2015 Gold Cup opens with a Haiti-Panama and USA-Honduras doubleheader in Group A on Tuesday ...
TV Report: One World Sports to air weekly NASL game    
The NASL has entered into a multiyear agreement with One World Sports to air an NASL ...
What They're Saying: English FA    
"Our lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on ...
Video Pick: Brazilian sent off for jumping the gun    
Here's the kind of ejection you don't see very often: Santos midfielder Geuvanio got a yellow ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives