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Man Utd v Dynamo Kiev Preview

Manchester United welcome Dynamo Kiev to Old Trafford for week 4 of the Champions League on Wednesday evening. interviewed United Online forum member Hamzah on his thoughts ahead of the game.

1 - With United nearly through to the next round of the Champions League, how will we approach this game?

I think SAF will start with a team capable of winning but will not put out a full strength team, we are spoilt for players in the midfield, so he can easily rest players in that department without affecting the balance of the team, in defence maybe Pique and O’shea to start and upfront a start for Saha.

2 - Fergie has a habit of resting players for games that we should be winning, what is your opinion on this tactic?

As much as i hate it sometimes but Fergie is the master and in him we trust.

3 - Dynamo Kiev need to win all of their remaining three matches to give them any hope of reaching the next stage so how do you see them approaching this game?

With caution despite this fact, they know if the went all out attack that we could destroy them on the counter, so i think they will flood the midfield and try to slow play down and hope to contain us and nick a win.

4 - Kiev reached the semi final of the 1998-99 Champions League but have recently struggled and this season find themselves 10 points behind leaders Shakhtar Donetsk in the league. What do you feel has been the downfall of the Ukrainians?

The selling of most of their star players, they are looked upon as a feeder club and any player who shines with them is usually on the move soon.
Unlike Shaktar who are a team built around a strong unit Kiev are a team usually built around one or two stars.

5 - The likes of Marseilles, Rosenberg, Shakhtar Donetsk and Rangers all find themselves in good positions at the half way stage of the group fixtures but which side have surpassed your expectations this season in the Champions League and impressed you most?

Marseilles are the best postioned but Rangers have an equal points tally and are in an arguably stronger group, so i would say Rangers.

6 - At the opposite end of the scale, which side(s) have failed to live up to expectations and why do you think this is the case of these sides?

Liverpool, i think the major changes their manager has made to the team and his so called rotation policy has had an adverse effect on the team.

7 - After three games, who do you think are the major challengers for this seasons Champions League?

I would say Us, Barcelona and i would add Milan and Real Madrid for their impressive history in the competition, the reason i did not give Arsenal a mention is that i think they are not mature enough and i think they depend too much on Fabregas who is by far their star player, so a suspension or injury to him and they would look like a different team.

8 - Before the fixtures for the group stages kicked off, United and Roma were the obvious favourites to qualify. Do you think that this is still the case even though Roma now have difficult trips to Kiev and Sporting whilst their last home game is against United?

Yes i would say that both us and Roma are still favorites to go through.

9 - Gary Neville sat out of training on Tuesday so it appears he’ll be missing from the squad on Wednesday. The team will therefore be picked from: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Brown, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Pique, Evans, Evra, Simpson, Ronaldo, Hargreaves, Anderson, Fletcher, Eagles, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Saha, Rooney and Tevez. Who do you think will make the starting eleven?

VDS, Brown, Pique, Ferdinand, O’Shea, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Ronaldo, Rooney, Saha.

10 - Predict the score and the goal scorers? (Maybe a goal for Rio on his birthday?)

3-1 United
Rooney, Saha, Ronaldo

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  1. waqar :: November 7th, 2007 5:55 pm

    3-0 united
    richardson, ronaldo, giggs

  2. Dave :: November 7th, 2007 8:44 pm

    Richardson will do well to score seeing as he’s injured at the moment… this is also overlooking the little fact that he signed for Sunderland in the summer :)

  3. Bulletin News :: November 10th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Superb summary talking about Man Utd v Dynamo Kiev Preview! Thoroughly enjoy your articles.

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