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Man Utd V Chelsea at Old Trafford : Match Preview

Updated 09 Mar 2013 13:31:25

Man Utd V Chelsea at Old Trafford : Match Preview

Man Utd V Chelsea - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Ferguson seeks instant response

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United will bounce back from their Champions League heartache by turfing Chelsea out of the FA Cup.

United have spent the last few days licking their wounds after the shattering disappointed of European failure.

Ferguson is still furious at the manner of his side's defeat, and the controversial decision to send Nani off, which changed the entire course of a game he felt United were comfortable in.

But he knows life goes on. And for the Red Devils that means a meeting with Chelsea, against whom they have already had two titanic contests this season.

"We have a job to do on Sunday and I think we'll do that okay," said Ferguson.

"We've gone through this procedure many times.

"When you're at a club for a long time there are always damp moments and dark days.

"In general we recover very well and we'll do that again."

Ryan Giggs will sit out following his outstanding performance against Real, so his wide berth is likely to go to Antonio Valencia or Ashley Young.

Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) are definitely out, while the main focus will be on whether Wayne Rooney gets a start after being left on the bench against Madrid.

Chelsea captain John Terry and striker Fernando Torres could make way as Rafael Benitez again rotates his squad.

Terry and Torres played in Thursday night's Europa League loss at Steaua Bucharest.

Demba Ba, Victor Moses and Ramires return to the squad after missing the trip to Romania.

Benitez is pleased to have a swift change of focus with a key fixture against fierce rivals.

"It's a positive. It's good and it's a challenge for us," he said.

"In terms of the focus of the players, it's good. We have an opportunity very quickly to change things.

"It's a good competition, a very exciting competition and Chelsea, as a club and as a team, have been doing really well.

"Hopefully we can carry on doing well after this game. That means that we will be through."









PA

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