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Match facts: Manchester United v Marseille

Published: Saturday 12 March 2011, 4.29CET
Match facts: Manchester United v Marseille
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Published: Saturday 12 March 2011, 4.29CET

Match facts: Manchester United v Marseille

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 have conceded one goal so far – against Valencia CF on Matchday 6 – the lowest total in the competition.

• United have scored seven goals, the lowest total of the last-16 teams along with AC Milan and FC København.

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

Latest domestic information
Saturday 12 March: Manchester United FC 2-0 Arsenal FC (Fabio 28, Rooney 49)
Van der Sar; Brown, Smalling, Vidić, Evra (Scholes 81); Rafael (Giggs 64), Gibson, O'Shea, Fabio (Valencia 46); Rooney, Hernández

• A fourth consecutive victory over Arsenal saw United through to the FA Cup semi-finals for a record 27th time.

• Fabio scored his second goal in three appearances, having taken 25 games to register his first for Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic FC on 26 February.

• United started with seven nominal defenders at Old Trafford, with John O'Shea in central midfield and Fabio and Rafael utilised on the flanks.

• They will play neighbours Manchester City FC in the semi-finals at Wembley on 16/17 April.

• Sir Alex's side have won all nine of their home matches since being held 1-1 by Valencia on Matchday 6. They have scored in their last 18 games at Old Trafford, last drawing a blank against Rangers FC on 14 September.

• United are 24 matches unbeaten at home, stretching back to a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea on 3 April 2010.

• United lost 2-1 at Chelsea FC on 1 March and 3-1 away to Liverpool FC five days later, the first time they had lost successive Premier League matches since March 2009.

• Ryan Giggs made his 607th league appearance for United at Liverpool, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's club record. He made his debut on 2 March 1991 against Everton FC.

• 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 won by the same score at Old Trafford last April. Of the ensuing 29 league games, United won 19 and drew ten.

• 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 was a second-half substitute on Saturday on his return from the dislocated and fractured left ankle he suffered against Rangers on 14 September.

• Nani went off at half-time at Liverpool having suffered a gashed leg and was subsequently ruled out until April.

• Rio Ferdinand (out since 1 February, calf), Jonny Evans (5 February, ankle), Park Ji-Sung (11 February, hamstring), Michael Owen (18 February, groin) and Anderson (19 February, knee) have all been sidelined.

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) have left United on loan for the rest of the season.

Miscellaneous
• Michael Carrick (three years, until 2014) and Darren Fletcher (four years, 2015) have signed new deals with United since the first leg.

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

Marseille

UEFA milestones
• The first leg was Marseille's 50th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

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

UEFA Champions League statistics
• André Ayew is within a booking of suspension.

• Mathieu Valbuena has been fouled 20 times; more than any other player still involved ahead of the second legs.

Latest domestic information
Friday 11 March: Stade Rennais FC 0-2 Olympique de Marseille (Rémy 23, Lucho 80)
Mandanda; Fanni, Diawara, Heinze, Taiwo; Mbia, Lucho (Kaboré 90), Cheyrou; Rémy (Valbuena 84), Gignac (Jordan Ayew 71), André Ayew

• Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands as OM made light work of a side that, after a five-match winning run, began the weekend four points ahead of them. Rennes boast the best defensive record in Ligue 1, with Marseille second.

• Marseille have the best away record in Ligue 1 but have dropped 14 points in 13 home league games this season, two more than what they let slip in the whole of last term at the Stade Vélodrome.

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

• Marseille's return to domestic action after the first leg saw them claim their fourth successive Ligue 1 victory at AS Nancy-Lorraine on 27 February – they had not won more than two in a row all season before that sequence.

• A week later Pierre-Alain Frau's 91st-minute goal condemned them to defeat by LOSC Lille Métropole, ending a 13-match unbeaten run at the Stade Vélodrome dating back to the 1-0 loss to FC Spartak Moskva on 15 September.

• André Ayew scored both goals at Nancy, taking his career tally to nine in Ligue 1, for OM and FC Lorient – all have come away from home.

• 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
• Valbuena damaged left knee ligaments on 22 January, returning for substitute appearances against United and Nancy before suffering a relapse in training on 2 March. He came on six minutes from time at Rennes, however.

• André-Pierre Gignac played against Lille on his return from a groin injury that ruled him out of the first leg.

• Gignac came on at half-time for Lucho González, who picked up a muscular problem but started at Rennes. Gignac, however, went off with 19 minutes remaining in Rennes having sustained a minor strain to his left ankle.

• Hilton came on against Nancy after recovering from a groin problem; his first appearance since 2 October.

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.

Last updated: 13/03/11 22.05CET

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