Manchester United look to finish the job against Roma

Manchester United host Roma at Old Trafford tonight amid speculation over Rio Ferdinand's fitness and accusations and apologies from the Roma camp over Cristiano Ronaldo's showboating antics. But the omens are not good for the Italian side who have to make up a 2-0 deficit.

United have won their last 10 home ties in the Champions League and no team have lost in the knockout stages of the competition after winning the first leg 2-0. To add to that, Luciano Spalletti's side are again without their captain and talisman Francesco Totti. However, they will be boosted by the return of World Cup winner Simone Perrotta in midfield and the Brazilian captain Juan at the back.

Roma are still haunted by the 7-1 spanking they received in the same fixture last year and it remains to be seen if they can avoid another hiding tonight. While United were good last week at the Olympic stadium they never had to get out of first gear. Rio Ferdinand looks set to return at centreback and could be partnered by the returning Silvestre or Gary Neville.

For all their complaining about Ronaldo's alleged antics, Roma only have themselves to blame for last week's result. They stopped playing after conceding the second goal, with their midfield dissolving into thin air during the last twenty minutes. A repeat of that kind of listless performance could see United notch up yet another cricket score.

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