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Hernandez saves United

Manchester United squeezed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last night, beating Marseille despite the French side’s stirring performance.

United won 2-1 thanks to two goals from Javier Hernandez, but their didn’t play well, and could have easily been eliminated, had Marseille been sharper in front of goal. Marseille boss Didier Deschamps lamented that his team couldn’t capitalise on United’s poor performance, calling them ‘not a fantastic side’. However Alex Ferguson said that injuries made it difficult for United to play their best football.

‘It was nervy because so many players came off with injuries,’ said Ferguson. ‘It shifted the balance of the team. I would have rather brought on Darren Gibson because the problem was always going to be (Marseille's) height and it caused us problems.

‘In defence it was maybe a lack of understanding between the players. We have changed the back four many times and without the experience of Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand you are going to be under pressure at times with the young players we have.’

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