Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza conflict: Palestinians mark sombre Eid

Read more

WEB NEWS

Celebrities in the Israel-Gaza crossfire

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Israeli strike takes out Gaza power station

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French newspaper apologises for Sarkozy story

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Last-ditch talks aim to avert Argentina default

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin: Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin: Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

  • Israel announces four-hour truce after deadly strike on UN school

    Read more

  • Video: Coping with rocket attacks in Israel’s Sderot

    Read more

  • Rats on the rampage at Louvre museum gardens

    Read more

  • France evacuates nationals, closes embassy in Libya

    Read more

  • Scores trapped as landslide hits Indian village

    Read more

  • Dozens killed in stampede at Guinea rap concert

    Read more

  • US and EU slap Russia with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • 'Compelling' signs Kosovo leaders trafficked organs, prosecutor says

    Read more

  • Europe launches last resupply ship to space station

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as fire rages on

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

Sport

AC Milan take on Man United as last 16 kicks off

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-16

Wayne Rooney's (pictured) Manchester United clash with seven-time champions AC Milan in the first leg of the last 16 Tuesday in San Siro. At the same time, Real Madrid take on Lyon.

REUTERS - Experience will be AC Milan's biggest weapon against Manchester United in Tuesday's Champions League clash and David Beckham has it in abundance, Alex Ferguson said on Monday.

Seven-times champions Milan, who host last season's runners-up in the last 16 first leg, have never lost to the Old Trafford club at home or been beaten by them over two legs.

Clarence Seedorf has won four European Cups with three clubs while former United midfielder Beckham is among a host of other Rossoneri players with huge experience on the big stage.

"That's a bit of an advantage to AC Milan, the main advantage I feel, but we have some experience too so it should be a good game," the United manager told a news conference before giving Beckham a modicum of praise if little else.

"I think David has great experience. It's great experience to bring into big games." Ryan Giggs, United's most experienced player, is out with a broken arm while Nemanja Vidic is also injured. Ferguson is frustrated about the Serbian's progress after a nerve problem in his leg but denied the club wanted to sell the defender.

THREE SECONDS

Beckham, who won the 1999 Champions League with United before leaving in 2003, has been quoted as saying he will not celebrate if he scores on Tuesday.

"I hope he's not celebrating anyway,"joked Ferguson, aware that Beckham might not even start the game. The United boss was keen to play down the Beckham issue, saying it took reporters only three seconds of the news conference to mention the 34-year-old's name. "He left seven years ago, we move on in life. It's a different team, different players," said Ferguson, who had the same opinion over how United and Milan were coping after selling Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka to Real Madrid last year.

"I think Ronaldo is the best player in the world but I'm biased. When you lose a great player there's a loss. You have to recover from that and look at your team differently."

United frontman Wayne Rooney has taken on the responsibility of carrying his team following the departure of Ronaldo and a top performance in the electric atmosphere of the San Siro will further boost the England striker's immense confidence. "Rooney is getting to the point where you have to consider him as one of the best players in the world," Ferguson said.

"The way you guys write about him he must be God."

Date created : 2010-02-16

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Stamford Bridge battle awaits Mourinho's Inter Milan

    Read more

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Barcelona and Inter Milan make the cut, Fiorentina sink sorry Liverpool

    Read more

COMMENT(S)