Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
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
Man. United looks to make European history
May 2nd, 2007 9AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

TV PREVIEW
WEDNESDAY: UEFA Champions League Semifinal, 2nd Leg
AC MILAN-MAN. UNITED (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 2:30 pm ET, live)

Manchester United looks to set up the first all-English final in the UEFA Champions League when it faces AC Milan Wednesday in the second leg of the semifinals at the San Siro.

United carries a 3-2 lead into the game and is riding high after a 4-2 comeback win over Everton on Saturday that all but clinched the English Premier League title.

For the first half of last Tuesday's first leg at Old Trafford, Milan and Kaka in particular gave the United defense fits, and Sir Alex Ferguson again must again field a patchwork backline.

Outside backs Gary Neville (ankle injury) and Frenchman Patrice Evra (suspension) are unavailable, while first-choice central defenders Rio Ferdinand (groin) and Serb Nemanja Vidic (collarbone) have traveled to Milan but are not fully fit.

United's best chance may be to take the game to Milan, which will probably be without ailing captain Paolo Maldini. Two years ago, United traveled to Milan for the first knockout round and lost, 1-0, but Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti says the English club has improved considerably since then.

"They have improved a lot in attack," he said. "[Wayne] Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo are more experienced, more effective."

HISTORY. Only twice have clubs from the same country met in the Champions League final. Real Madrid beat Valencia, 3-0, in an all-Spanish final in 2000. Milan edged Italian rival Juventus in a shootout three years later.

Probable lineups:
AC Milan: 1-Dida, 44-Oddo, 13-Nesta, 4-Kaladze, 18-Jankulovski, 8-Gattuso, 21-Pirlo, 23-Ambrosini; 10-Seedorf, 22-Kaka, 9-Inzaghi.
Manchester United: 1-van der Sar, 22-O'Shea, 6-Brown, 4-Heinze, 5-Ferdinand, 24-Fletcher, 16-Carrick, 18-Scholes, 7-Ronaldo, 8-Rooney, 11-Giggs
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Trade Central: Sporting KC gets De Jong    
Sporting Kansas City signed Canadian international Marcel de Jong after successful trial at left back at ...
Scouting Report: Norwegian train gets back on track    
Back in the day, the USA's archrival in women's soccer was Norway. The Norwegians split the ...
Haji Wright strikes as U.S. U-17s down T&T     
Haji Wright, the USA's leading scorer coming into the Concacaf U-17 Championship, got his first goal ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 girls kick off new cycle    
The U.S. U-15 girls national team convenes March 14-21 at U.S. Soccer National Training Center in ...
Edwards replaces longtime exec Holt as USL president    
Tim Holt, who spent the last 16 years at the United Soccer League, the last six ...
Roster: U.S. U-16 boys to play in Dutch tourney     
The U.S. U-16 boys national team will play in the Netherlands International Tournament in Rotterdam, facing ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 boys head to Florida camp    
Coach John Hackworth has named a 36-player roster for a March 7-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ...
Man City-Barca breaks FS1 viewing record    
Last Tuesday's Manchester City-Barcelona match set a new viewing record for a UEFA Champions League match ...
Bocanegra joins MLS Atlanta as technical director    
Former U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra, who retired as a player following the 2014 season, ...
MLS labor talks going down to wire    
K Street, home to many Washington lobbying firms, generally has a negative connotation, but soccer fans ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives