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Fergie sets sights on semis

02 Apr 2008 - 12:00:00

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United can progress to the last four of the Champions League after claiming a 2-0 quarter-final first leg advantage over AS Roma.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were on the mark at the Stadio Olimpico to put United within touching distance of the semi-finals and afterwards Ferguson was full of praise for an impressive European display.

"We can't take anything for granted, but we definitely feel like we can reach the semi-finals," he said.

"It was a marvellous result. We showed discipline and composure on the ball.

"Ronaldo's goal changed the game for us. It was a fantastic header.

"His spring and courage to go in front of the defender surprised the Roma player.

"It was a centre forward's header - it reminded me of myself!"

Ji-Sung Park set-up Rooney's second-half strike and Ferguson continued: "I'm not sure how he managed to get the ball back into the area. It did not seem possible.

"But Wayne appeared to unsettle the goalkeeper and managed to touch it in."

Meanwhile, Ferguson admitted he was anxiously awaiting news of a scan on Nemanja Vidic's knee after the central defender was forced off in the first half after landing awkwardly.

"I pray it is not serious, because he is such an integral part of our team," he added.

"We think it might just be a nerve injury but we can't be sure at this moment."


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