Sir Alex Ferguson believes Marseille will be a tough test

Sir Alex Ferguson expects a tough game at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that his side must play well against French champions Marseille if they are to beat Didier Deschamps side and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Following a 0-0 draw in the Stade Velodrome in the first leg United are favourites to book a fifth successive quarter-final spot.

However, a strong Marseille side, which is likely to contain the returning playmaker Mathieu Valbuena after injury problems, awaits United, and whilst Ferguson isn’t unduly worried, he knows that it will be a tough match.

“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.”

United are currently still in three competitions and the longer that situation remains supporters will remember the sensational treble success of 1999, which culminated with two injury-time goals to beat Bayern Munich at Camp Nou. However, Ferguson is just taking each game as it comes.

“We are experienced enough to do what we are doing at the moment and that is taking each game as it comes” added the United boss.

“That’s why the focus is on Marseille because we know it is going to be a hard game. “

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