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  • Date:15 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:73,996
( agg 2 - 1 )
  • Hernandez (4) Hernandez (74)
  • Wes Brown - og (82)
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93mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by Loic Remy. Loic Remy receives a yellow card. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.

92mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Loic Remy on Fabio Da Silva. Chris Smalling restarts play with the free kick.

92mins

A cross is delivered by Rod Fanni, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.

90mins

Ryan Giggs fouled by Benoit Cheyrou, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

85mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Steve Mandanda makes a save.

82mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mathieu Valbuena to the near post, Benoit Cheyrou takes a shot. Blocked by Fabio Da Silva. Inswinging corner taken by Mathieu Valbuena. Own goal by Wes Brown. Man Utd 2 (2)-(1) 1 Marseille.Assist by Mathieu Valbuena.

80mins

Jordan Ayew joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephane M'bia Etoundi. Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner.

78mins

Rod Fanni takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

78mins

Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.

75mins

Javier Hernandez finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2 (2)-(0) 0 Marseille.Assist by Ryan Giggs.

74mins

Benoit Cheyrou takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.

74mins

Centre by Antonio Valencia.

73mins

Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, clearance by Souleymane Diawara.

72mins

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena on Wes Brown, free kick awarded. Mathieu Valbuena is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.

68mins

Wayne Rooney is caught offside. Mathieu Valbuena comes on in place of Andre Pierre Gignac. Fabio Da Silva comes on in place of Rafael Da Silva. Souleymane Diawara takes the indirect free kick.

68mins

The ball is sent over by Loic Remy, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Ayew by Ryan Giggs. Free kick taken by Lucho Gonzalez.

67mins

Benoit Cheyrou concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

64mins

Benoit Cheyrou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.

63mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lucho Gonzalez, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Gabriel Heinze misses to the right of the target.

61mins

Unfair challenge on Andre Pierre Gignac by Chris Smalling results in a free kick. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Antonio Valencia coming on for Luis Nani. Gabriel Heinze takes the free kick.

61mins

Unfair challenge on Taye Taiwo by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Steve Mandanda takes the free kick.

60mins

Loic Remy delivers the ball.

55mins

The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Souleymane Diawara.

52mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lucho Gonzalez on Ryan Giggs. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.

51mins

Lucho Gonzalez takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Brown.

49mins

Andre Pierre Gignac is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Smalling.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Pierre Gignac on Edwin Van der Sar. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

47mins

Foul by Patrice Evra on Loic Remy, free kick awarded. Souleymane Diawara restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Foul by Rafael Da Silva on Benoit Cheyrou, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Cheyrou.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lucho Gonzalez on Paul Scholes. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.

45mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Benoit Cheyrou, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

44mins

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

42mins

Loic Remy takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

42mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafael Da Silva on Andre Ayew. Benoit Cheyrou restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Benoit Cheyrou takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smalling.

41mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Benoit Cheyrou.

39mins

Effort from 30 yards by Benoit Cheyrou. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

36mins

John O'Shea goes off and Rafael Da Silva comes on.

36mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Benoit Cheyrou. Centre by Taye Taiwo, Souleymane Diawara has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

34mins

Andre Pierre Gignac challenges Wes Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

33mins

The ball is sent over by Rod Fanni, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

32mins

Andre Pierre Gignac fouled by Chris Smalling, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lucho Gonzalez.

30mins

Paul Scholes fouled by Lucho Gonzalez, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

29mins

Luis Nani has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

28mins

Andre Pierre Gignac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.

26mins

Loic Remy crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Scholes.

25mins

The ball is swung over by Taye Taiwo, clearance made by Paul Scholes.

24mins

Effort from outside the box by Lucho Gonzalez goes wide right of the target. The offside flag is raised against Loic Remy. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.

22mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Gabriel Heinze results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

20mins

Gabriel Heinze fouled by Javier Hernandez, the ref awards a free kick. Javier Hernandez is booked. Gabriel Heinze takes the free kick.

20mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Javier Hernandez. Gabriel Heinze restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, save by Steve Mandanda.

18mins

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Souleymane Diawara makes a clearance.

14mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucho Gonzalez by Patrice Evra. Souleymane Diawara restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Pierre Gignac on Chris Smalling. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

13mins

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Taye Taiwo. Steve Mandanda takes the direct free kick.

13mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line.

11mins

Loic Remy fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Benoit Cheyrou, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

10mins

Short corner worked by Ryan Giggs.

10mins

Rod Fanni handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

9mins

Andre Pierre Gignac has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

9mins

Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Souleymane Diawara.

5mins

Javier Hernandez scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1 (1)-(0) 0 Marseille.Assist on the goal came from Wayne Rooney.

5mins

Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Steve Mandanda.

2mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Ayew by John O'Shea. Taye Taiwo takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to get ahead of himself in the club's bid for the treble. Marseille are next on the agenda on Tuesday in the Champions League at Old Trafford after Arsenal were despatched in the FA Cup.

Then on Saturday, United face Bolton hoping for a victory that would increase their prospects of wresting the Barclays Premier League title from Chelsea.

Ferguson has been around the block so many times he is only taking small steps at this stage of the campaign with his side looking to build on a 0-0 draw from the first leg in France. That would see United book a quarter-final place for the fifth successive season.

He said: "We are experienced enough to do what we are doing at the moment and that is taking each game as it comes. That's why the focus is on Marseille because we know it is going to be a hard game.

"It is nice to have a bit of apprehension about big ties, though. European games are always that way. It won't be any different tomorrow. We are playing a very experienced, powerful Marseille team. We will have to play well.

"I have watched them twice away from home against Monaco and against Rennes and they showed the qualities we will be up against. I thought Marseille were going for the 0-0 at home I must admit. Maybe they are the ones who are confident. They are a good team, who will try to hit us on the counter.

"In these games at Old Trafford and a home match in midweek it is always a terrific atmosphere. That does help us and hopefully we will get the result we want."

The victory against Arsenal came after successive defeats by Chelsea and Liverpool and sets up a derby semi-final against Manchester City.

Ferguson said: "This is always the question, you lose a game and it is how you recover. Saturday's performance brought that recovery. Tomorrow it is a different type of match. We need to get to a good level to win it."

Nani and Michael Carrick have handed Ferguson a boost by returning to the squad. Nani was expected to be out until after the international break with a gashed leg but trained on Monday morning, as did Carrick, who has been troubled with calf and groin injuries.

Central defender Nemanja Vidic missed the session as he needed treatment for a knock but is expected to feature, as is Antonio Valencia, who returned from an ankle injury at the weekend.

Ferguson said: "It was a fantastic bonus to get 35 minutes from Antonio on Saturday, considering he has been out for such a long time. That fact that Antonio is available is a great boost for us. Hopefully it does help us. The team needs to step up and perform to win the league."

Owen Hargreaves, Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher remain among the absentees. Marseille coach Didier Deschamps admits his team will be the underdogs at Old Trafford but insists they can shock United after a run of five wins in six league games.

Marseille go into the game on the back of a victory at Rennes, where Ferguson was an interested spectator. Deschamps said: "If you look at the match purely from a statistical point of view, Manchester United have not been defeated at home for a long time.

"They have conceded only one goal in seven Champions League games and are a very strong side, so it is a tough task. In addition they are one of four or five teams who have a realistic chance of winning the Champions League.

"On paper you would fully expect Manchester United to qualify. But we have a chance, a little opportunity. Football is not about statistics alone."

Marseille lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign and Deschamps wants an improvement on that performance.

"We made some individual errors, " said the former France midfielder.

"What I know is that at the highest level and playing against United they will give us nothing. It was a good result for them in the first leg and they are very experienced. Despite our good run in the league this is a very different game for us.

"It is a big step up and we have to come up with the right kind of challenge."

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is relishing the task ahead. He said: "United are a great side but we will be motivated as there is everything to play for. When you look at what they have achieved it is inspirational. There is respect for them, not fear. We believe we can achieve a victory."

Formation:442Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 4231Manager: Didier Deschamps

Marseille

  • Edwin Van der Sar
  • John O'Shea
  • Chris Smalling
  • Wes Brown
  • Patrice Evra
  • Luis Nani
  • Michael Carrick
  • Paul Scholes
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Wayne Rooney
  • SUBS
  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Fabio Da Silva
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Darron Gibson

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Match Report

Hernandez double puts United through Javier Hernandez is already a Manchester United cult hero but two goals from the Mexico striker opened the door to European success in his debut season at Old Trafford. The summer signing scored in each half, propelling the club into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fifth successive season as Marseille were beaten 2-1. An own goal by Wes Brown in the 82nd minute ensured a nervous finish but United were not breached again by Marseille and secured their passage. The only downside for manager Sir Alex Ferguson was that both John O'Shea and his replacement Rafael went off with suspected hamstring injuries. United, with Hernandez selected ahead of Dimitar Berbatov, got off to a flying start with an opening goal from the Mexican in the fifth minute. A minute earlier, however, they had shown their intentions when Wayne Rooney played the ball out to Ryan Giggs but his cross was blocked by Souleymane Diawara. United took the lead with a sweeping move, Giggs finding Rooney from the left flank with a short pass. The striker played the ball to the far post with Hernandez tapping it in. It was just what Ferguson was looking for as it put his side one goal ahead on aggregate. However Marseille, who came into the match on the back of five wins in six league games, responded in the ninth minute. Andre-Pierre Gignac found himself in the clear, only to hook the ball high and wide from a good position. United had the momentum, though, with Giggs finding plenty of space on the left. The Welsh veteran delivered a cross into the box in the 19th minute but goalkeeper Steve Mandanda made the interception. Hernandez was then booked two minutes later for a challenge on former Old Trafford favourite Gabriel Heinze before testing Mandanda in the 23rd minute with a header after being released by Rooney. United maintained the momentum and O'Shea picked out Nani but he dragged his effort wide of the post. They poured forward again in the 35th minute following a break by O'Shea. However he sent his cross behind Hernandez before limping off. Marseille should have equalised when Diawara got on the end of a cross from Taye Taiwo but from six yards out and unmarked he somehow contrived to head wide. It was a scare for United and showed just how finely balanced this tie was despite Hernandez's early goal. Hernandez then had a claim for a penalty waved away after he went to ground under pressure from Taiwo before Loic Remy went close for Marseille. United were looking to build on their lead at the start of the second half and Rooney slipped the ball through to Hernandez in the 54th minute but he had strayed offside. Rooney was beginning to see more of the ball and tried to release Hernandez three minutes later when it had seemed he would go for goal. It proved to be the wrong option as his pass was cut out. Back came Marseille and Remy skipped to the byline but failed to pick out anyone with his cross. Ferguson made a switch in the 61st minute, bringing on Antonio Valencia for Nani who had failed to make an impact after a quick recovery from a gashed leg. Valencia had only returned to action in the victory against Arsenal on Saturday after being out since September with a broken ankle. United were finding it hard to carve out any openings after a bright start and Marseille were coming more into the game as it entered a crucial phase. The home side made another enforced change with Rafael also appearing to suffer a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Fabio. Hernandez extended United's lead in the 76th minute with another clinical finish for his fifth goal in five games, taking his tally to 16 for the season. Giggs started the move by releasing Valencia and he in turn whipped the ball across to Hernandez, who made no mistake. But Marseille responded and Brown headed into his own net in the 82nd minute under fierce pressure from Heinze. That set up a nerve-shredding final few minutes but United held firm to reach the last eight.

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