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United – Inter: What’s past is prologue

Posted by hakanrylander on March 9, 2009

Over the last few months United have put themselves in a great position. The World Club Championship and the Carling Cup are in the bag,  Chelsea and Liverpool are seven points and a game in hand adrift in the PL and Everton await in the semi-final of the FA-cup.  The quintuple is within sight, if not reach. And still I’m nervous!

For all the success so far it feels as though Wednesday’s game against Inter could somehow make or break the season. It would be a bitter disappointment to get knocked out of the CL at this stage. But in a one-off game anything could happen, and what’s already occured this season merely sets the scene for the really important stuff. What’s past is prologue.

I have to admit that I don’t particularly fancy facing Mourinho and Ibrahimovic at this stage. Ibrahimovic was less than impressive in the first leg, but certainly has the quality to make that all-important away-goal out of nothing. And no other manager has anything near Mourinho’s record against Sir Alex.

The team and substitutions against Fulham at the weekend, when Giggs, Ronaldo and Berbatov were rested, gave some strong indications as to the starting line-up against Inter. Provided that Rio is fit my choice would be: Van der Sar; O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Carrick, Giggs, Park; Rooney, Berbatov.

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3 Responses to “United – Inter: What’s past is prologue”

  1. The Gaffer said

    I totally agree with you. Inter is a daunting task ans who knows what could happen right now?

  2. Martin S. said

    We will not waste this opportunity. Park and Giggs will run Inter ragged and I think Ibrahimovic will end up in Rio’s back pocket, just like every other world class striker Rio takes care of.

    I heard Inter will come to the Theatre of Dreams with defence troubles. Or it’s what Mourinho want it to look like before hand.

    No matter what, we will hammer the italians.

  3. hakanrylander said

    I hope so, Martin, I hope so. I agree that most facts point towards a United victory, perhaps even a comfortable one. The best sign of all is that both Rooney and Ronaldo seem to be approaching top form at the right moment. But I’m afraid that it’s part of my life as a United supporter to be nervous ahead of this kind of games. Should be a cracking match, anyway.

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