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Match facts: Marseille v Manchester United

Published: Sunday 20 February 2011, 4.29CET
Match facts: Marseille v Manchester United
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Published: Sunday 20 February 2011, 4.29CET

Match facts: Marseille v Manchester United

Marseille

UEFA milestones
• Marseille's 7-0 win at MŠK Žilina on Matchday 4 was the biggest away victory in UEFA Champions League history.

• This match is Marseille's 50th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Stéphane Mbia served a one-game ban on Matchday 6; André Ayew is within a booking of suspension.

• Mathieu Valbuena had been fouled more (20) than any other player still involved ahead of the round of 16 first legs.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 19 February: Olympique de Marseille 2-1 AS Saint-Étienne (Lucho 68, Rémy 78; Landrin 90+5)
Mandanda; Kaboré, Diawara, Heinze, Taiwo; Lucho, Cissé, Cheyrou; Rémy (Abriel 90), Brandão (André Ayew 68), Gignac (Jordan Ayew 74)

• Champions Marseille won their third successive Ligue 1 game for the first time in the campaign.

• Lucho González scored his sixth league goal of the season, surpassing his tally for the whole of 2009/10.

• Didier Deschamps' side are six matches unbeaten, winning five and drawing one since their shock 3-1 defeat by Évian Thonon Gaillard FC on 9 January in the last 64 of the French Cup. The second-tier side are coached by Bernard Casoni, a member of Marseille's 1993 UEFA Champions League-winning squad.

• Marseille are 12 matches unbeaten at the Stade Vélodrome, winning nine and drawing three since the 1-0 loss to FC Spartak Moskva on 15 September.

• OM have, however, dropped 11 points in 12 home league games this season, just one shy of what they let slip in the whole of last term at the Stade Vélodrome.

• Deschamps' team are yet to lose a match this season after taking the lead.

• André-Pierre Gignac has scored five goals in six games.

• OM began the season with defeats by SM Caen (2-1) and Valenciennes FC (3-2), their worst start to a campaign since 1985/86.

• League Cup holders OM will defend their title in the final against Montpellier Hérault SC on 23 April.

Injury news
• Loïc Rémy and Brandão departed with ankle injuries on Saturday. Gignac was carried off with a groin problem and club doctors say he needs "a miracle" to recover in time to face United.

• Mbia and Rod Fanni sat out the St-Étienne win with hamstring problems, Mbia as an unused substitute.

• Hilton, who has not played since 2 October because of a groin problem, is available again.

• Valbuena has not featured since damaging left knee ligaments in training on 22 January.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Rod Fanni (Stade Rennais FC), Jules Goda (free agent)
Out: César Azpilicueta, Rudy Riou (R. Charleroi SC)

• Azpilicueta could miss the rest of the season after rupturing knee ligaments on 27 November.

• On 4 January Hatem Ben Arfa's loan to Newcastle United FC was made permanent.

Miscellaneous
• On 28 January OM officially opened their new €4m football school.

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
• United's next win in UEFA competition will be their 150th; they have scored 496 goals.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• United conceded one goal in the group stage – against Valencia CF on Matchday 6 – the lowest total in the competition. No side has ever kept six clean sheets in a UEFA Champions League group stage.

• The English club scored seven goals in the group stage, the lowest total of the teams who qualified for the round of 16 along with AC Milan and Olympique Lyonnais.

• The English side have collected three yellow cards, the lowest total in the competition.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 19 February: Manchester United FC 1-0 Crawley Town FC (Brown 28)
Lindegaard; Rafael (Smalling 54), O'Shea, Brown, Fabio (Fletcher 69); Bébé, Gibson, Carrick, Anderson (Rooney 46), Obertan; Hernández

• Stand-in captain Wes Brown scored his first goal since October 2008 as a much-changed United team booked a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with victory against a fifth-tier Crawley side 93 league places below them.

• Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard made his home debut.

• United will be at home to Arsenal FC or Leyton Orient FC in the quarter-finals on 12/13 March.

• Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won all eight of their home matches since being held 1-1 by Valencia on Matchday 6. They have scored in their last 17 games at Old Trafford, last drawing a blank against Rangers FC on Matchday 1.

• United's unbeaten start to the league season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 5 February, their first Premier League loss since Chelsea FC won by the same score at Old Trafford on 3 April. Of the ensuing 29 league games, United won 19 and drew ten.

• United are 23 matches unbeaten at home in all competitions, stretching back to last April's Chelsea defeat.

• The Premier League leaders have won three of their last six away matches, drawing two and losing at Wolves.

• Dimitar Berbatov became the fourth player to score five goals in a Premier League game on 27 November as United beat Blackburn Rovers FC 7-1.

Injury news
• Antonio Valencia dislocated and fractured his left ankle against Rangers on 14 September. He returned to training with the reserves on 12 February.

• Park Ji-Sung injured his hamstring in training on 11 February; Jonny Evans damaged an ankle on 5 February.

• Paul Scholes suffered a groin strain on 24 November and after being eased back he returned to action on 25 January. A calf injury meant John O'Shea did not play between 30 November and 22 January.

• Rio Ferdinand has not played since 1 February due to a calf problem.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Anders Lindegaard (Aalesunds FK)
Out: Gary Neville (retired)

• Owen Hargreaves lasted ten minutes against Wolves on 6 November – his first start since 21 September 2008 – before going off with a hamstring injury. He is not in United's UEFA Champions League squad.

• Ben Amos (Oldham Athletic FC) and Federico Macheda (UC Sampdoria) left United on loan for the rest of the season in January.

Miscellaneous
• Ole Gunnar Solskjær stepped down as United reserves' coach in January to take over at Norwegian side Molde FK.

• On 2 February Neville retired with immediate effect. The 34-year-old made 602 appearances for United, winning the 1999 UEFA Champions League, eight Premier League titles and three FA Cups. He collected 85 caps for England.

• Edwin van der Sar has confirmed he will hang up his gloves at the end of the campaign at the age of 40.

• Park retired from international football after captaining Korea Republic to third place in January's AFC Asian Cup. The 29-year-old won 100 caps and played in three World Cups.

• On 18 February Ryan Giggs signed a new contract until the end of next season. Patrice Evra pledged his future to United until 2014 by signing a new deal on Monday.

• Anderson signed a new contract with United in December keeping him at Old Trafford until 2015.

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