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United v Wolfsburg: Key battles
Published : 29 Sep 2009 15:26:02
MANCHESTER United go in search of a second successive Champions League victory against Wolfsburg on Wednesday. Here is a look at where the match might be won and lost. RIO FERDINAND V GRAFITE Ferdinand has struggled for fitness and form this season, missing a number of matches with niggling injuries and gifting goals to Manchester City's Craig Bellamy and, when with England, Holland's Dirk Kuyt. He will have his hands full dealing with the bustling Grafite, whose hat-trick fired Wolfsburg to a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow on their Champions League debut and who forms a potent front three with Edin Dzeko and former Newcastle man Obafemi Martins. DARREN FLETCHER V ZVJEZDAN MISIMOVIC Scotland star Fletcher has emerged as a key figure in Sir Alex Ferguson's midfield over the last 18 months and should be recalled after sitting out the opening win over Besiktas. He will have to contain the creative threat of Bosnia-Herzegovina ace Misimovic, who caused problems throughout for the Russians in game one and set up Grafite's opener with a superbly-weighted through-ball. WAYNE ROONEY V ALEXANDER MADLUNG Rooney, as always, will have a vital role to play for United, having scored eight goals already this season as his influence increases in a more central role. He will provide a sterner test for Madlung than he faced against CSKA, when he and central defensive partner Andrea Barzagli were imperious. The German will have to be at his best to deal with the England star. Where do you think the game will be won and lost? Have your say.