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
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: