Manchester United were without several senior players including Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs as they flew out for Wednesday's Champions League match against Marseille in France.
Manchester United: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Lindegaard; Vidic, O’Shea, Brown, Rafael, Fabio, Evra, Smalling, Scholes, Gibson, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Bebe, Obertan, Tunnicliffe, Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez, King.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (Germany) and Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referees: Babak Rafati (Germany) and Peter Sippel (Germany)
Fourth Official: Knut Kircher (Germany)
Prediction: United have been great away from home in the Champions League winning nine out of their last 10 away matches in Europe. Just as impressively, United had the best defensive record in the group stages, conceding only one goal.
They are playing a Marseille side that have injury problems in attack, which is why United are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.
That being said, Marseille is not an easy place to go and win as Chelsea found out earlier this season and I expect them to put United under pressure on Wednesday. But look for Rooney to get United that valuable away goal that they are looking for.
Score: Marseille 1 Man Utd 2
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