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  • Date:23 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Stade Velodrome
  • Attendance:58,000
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91mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Diawara by Luis Nani. Steve Mandanda takes the direct free kick.

90mins

Mathieu Valbuena takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.

88mins

Souleymane Diawara takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

88mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mathieu Valbuena, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.

84mins

Darren Fletcher crosses the ball, Steve Mandanda makes a save.

83mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Souleymane Diawara. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.

83mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Lucho Gonzalez. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Heinze.

80mins

Foul by Patrice Evra on Stephane M'bia Etoundi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.

79mins

Mathieu Valbuena comes on in place of Loic Remy.

74mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

72mins

Paul Scholes comes on in place of Darron Gibson.

70mins

Benoit Cheyrou on for Edouard Cisse.

69mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Souleymane Diawara gets a block in.

66mins

Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane M'bia Etoundi. Steve Mandanda takes the free kick.

63mins

Lucho Gonzalez takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.

62mins

Andre Ayew produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

61mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Heinze by Luis Nani. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lucho Gonzalez from left wing, clearance made by Darron Gibson.

60mins

Short corner worked by Andre Ayew.

60mins

Loic Remy takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.

60mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.

56mins

Foul by John O'Shea on Stephane M'bia Etoundi, free kick awarded. Steve Mandanda restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Gabriel Heinze manages to make a clearance.

55mins

Charles Kabore challenges Darron Gibson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Smalling.

54mins

Evanilson Brandao takes a shot. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.

52mins

Gabriel Heinze produces a cross, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

52mins

Darron Gibson challenges Charles Kabore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charles Kabore.

51mins

Unfair challenge on Edouard Cisse by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edouard Cisse.

51mins

Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, Evanilson Brandao manages to make a clearance.

50mins

Andre Ayew concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.

48mins

The ball is delivered by John O'Shea, clearance made by Rod Fanni.

46mins

Chris Smalling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Evanilson Brandao. Free kick taken by Lucho Gonzalez.

44mins

Charles Kabore takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

42mins

Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner.

40mins

Inswinging corner taken by Andre Ayew from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Edwin Van der Sar.

40mins

Handball by Luis Nani. Lucho Gonzalez takes the free kick.

37mins

Evanilson Brandao concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

32mins

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, save by Steve Mandanda.

32mins

Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Andre Ayew. Steve Mandanda restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Souleymane Diawara.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Lucho Gonzalez. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.

29mins

Evanilson Brandao has a overhead kick shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

28mins

Andre Ayew takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.

27mins

Lucho Gonzalez takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Dimitar Berbatov.

24mins

Andre Ayew has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Chris Smalling.

12mins

Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Steve Mandanda takes the free kick.

11mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Blocked by Stephane M'bia Etoundi.

9mins

Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.

8mins

Stephane M'bia Etoundi challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from right wing, blocked by Stephane M'bia Etoundi.

6mins

Handball decision goes against Lucho Gonzalez. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

4mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darron Gibson on Lucho Gonzalez. Free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.

3mins

The ball is sent over by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance made by Rod Fanni.

2mins

Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

1mins

Foul by Luis Nani on Gabriel Heinze, free kick awarded. Gabriel Heinze takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Manchester United were without several senior players including Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs as they flew out to Marseille for Wednesday's Champions League match.

Ferdinand has not played since injuring a calf before United's Premier League defeat at Wolves on February 5, and his fellow central defender Jonny Evans also missed the trip, having been battling an ankle problem. That means Chris Smalling is in line to start alongside Nemanja Vidic in the heart of the United back four against the French giants.

Veteran midfielder Giggs was another absentee from the United party, which was also missing Michael Owen, who has a groin injury. United midfielder Anderson was a non-traveller and could be facing a lengthy absence from the side after being substituted at half-time in Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round win over Crawley. He reportedly suffered a knee injury which will need further examination before United can be sure how long he will be absent for.

However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was able to include Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio, despite the pair both coming off with injuries during the Crawley match, while youngsters Joshua King and Ryan Tunnicliffe were also selected, along with Gabriel Obertan and Bebe.

Midfielder Michael Carrick is relishing a return to European action. "The buzz you get with the Champions League is something that no other competition brings," said the England midfielder.

"It was strange watching Tottenham and Arsenal last week and not being involved. We have had to wait an extra week but we are ready for it."

United will be coming across an old boy in Gabriel Heinze, who spent three seasons at Old Trafford before an acrimonious departure in 2007, when the Red Devils refused to allow the Argentina full-back to join Liverpool.

Heinze eventually left for Real Madrid instead, moving on to Marseille two years later, since when he has become a key member of their defence. Whether the 32-year-old can contain former team-mate Wayne Rooney is another matter.

Rooney might have been in a bad mood during his second-half contribution to Saturday's narrow FA Cup win over non-league Crawley, but seven days previously he had scored what has been hailed as one of the best goals Old Trafford has ever seen. As a top-level professional, performing an overhead kick should be nothing special to Carrick. However, even he was staggered by the manner Rooney took his chance.

"I felt shock and surprise because it was completely out of the blue," said the 29-year-old.

"But at the same time there was pure elation. I was standing on the touchline about to come on and thought of doing a (Jose) Mourinho down the line. Straight away you knew you'd witnessed something special.

"It's an instinctive thing. The ball was delivered in the right way for the overhead kick and was the perfect height for him to get up there and volley it. But it's one thing seeing it, quite another being able to do it. The power and direction he got behind it were incredible."

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps does not feel Manchester United are sprinkled with the same stardust of old - but they are no less effective as a result.

"The winning culture is part of the DNA at a club like Manchester United," said Deschamps. They always have talented players and people such as Nani, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov can make the difference at any time.

"I have heard a lot about the style of play. But the most important thing is winning games. I concentrate on the fact they conceded one goal in six games. Maybe there is less fantasy about them than there was in the past but the Marseille team I was part of in 1993 wasn't the nicest and we still won the European Cup."

Formation:4231Manager: Didier Deschamps

Marseille

Formation: 433Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Steve Mandanda
  • Rod Fanni
  • Stephane M'bia Etoundi
  • Souleymane Diawara
  • Gabriel Heinze
  • Edouard Cisse
  • Charles Kabore
  • Loic Remy
  • Lucho Gonzalez
  • Andre Ayew
  • Evanilson Brandao
  • SUBS
  • Elinton Andrade
  • Taye Taiwo
  • Vitorino Hilton
  • Benoit Cheyrou
  • Jordan Ayew
  • Fabrice Abriel
  • Mathieu Valbuena

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Match Report

Ferdinand and Giggs miss Euro trip Manchester United were without several senior players including Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs as they flew out to Marseille for Wednesday's Champions League match. Ferdinand has not played since injuring a calf before United's Premier League defeat at Wolves on February 5, and his fellow central defender Jonny Evans also missed the trip, having been battling an ankle problem. That means Chris Smalling is in line to start alongside Nemanja Vidic in the heart of the United back four against the French giants. Veteran midfielder Giggs was another absentee from the United party, which was also missing Michael Owen, who has a groin injury. United midfielder Anderson was a non-traveller and could be facing a lengthy absence from the side after being substituted at half-time in Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round win over Crawley. He reportedly suffered a knee injury which will need further examination before United can be sure how long he will be absent for. However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was able to include Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio, despite the pair both coming off with injuries during the Crawley match, while youngsters Joshua King and Ryan Tunnicliffe were also selected, along with Gabriel Obertan and Bebe. Midfielder Michael Carrick is relishing a return to European action. "The buzz you get with the Champions League is something that no other competition brings," said the England midfielder. "It was strange watching Tottenham and Arsenal last week and not being involved. "We have had to wait an extra week but we are ready for it." United will be coming across an old boy in Gabriel Heinze, who spent three seasons at Old Trafford before an acrimonious departure in 2007, when the Red Devils refused to allow the Argentina full-back to join Liverpool. Heinze eventually left for Real Madrid instead, moving on to Marseille two years later, since when he has become a key member of their defence. Whether the 32-year-old can contain former team-mate Wayne Rooney is another matter. Rooney might have been in a bad mood during his second-half contribution to Saturday's narrow FA Cup win over non-league Crawley, but seven days previously he had scored what has been hailed as one of the best goals Old Trafford has ever seen. As a top-level professional, performing an overhead kick should be nothing special to Carrick. However, even he was staggered by the manner Rooney took his chance. "I felt shock and surprise because it was completely out of the blue," said the 29-year-old. "But at the same time there was pure elation. I was standing on the touchline about to come on and thought of doing a (Jose) Mourinho down the line. "Straight away you knew you'd witnessed something special. "It's an instinctive thing. The ball was delivered in the right way for the overhead kick and was the perfect height for him to get up there and volley it. "But it's one thing seeing it, quite another being able to do it. The power and direction he got behind it were incredible." Marseille coach Didier Deschamps does not feel Manchester United are sprinkled with the same stardust of old - but they are no less effective as a result. "The winning culture is part of the DNA at a club like Manchester United," said Deschamps. "They always have talented players and people such as Nani, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov can make the difference at any time. "I have heard a lot about the style of play. But the most important thing is winning games. "I concentrate on the fact they conceded one goal in six games. Maybe there is less fantasy about them than there was in the past but the Marseille team I was part of in 1993 wasn't the nicest and we still won the European Cup."

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