Manchester United take on Roma in the Champions League

Manchester United take on Roma tonight in the Champions League quarter-final. There are doubts over the fitness of Giggs, Evra and Carrick for United while Roma will be without Perotta and their captain and talisman Francesco Totti who may also miss the return leg at Old Trafford due to injury.

The teams met at the same stage of the competition last year with the game in Rome being marred by violence both inside and outside the stadium. Uefa has warned that Rome may lose next year's Champions League final if their are more violent incidents at tonight's game.

"The police say they cannot control the city and that is not satisfactory. If we see a repeat of what we have seen so far it may be wise to move the 2009 Champions League final from Rome. Knifings are attempted murder. We cannot be held hostage by a few criminals," Uefa spokesman William Gaillard said.

United lost 2-1 in Rome last year before being famously hammering Roma 7-1 in the return leg at Old Trafford. Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has called United the best team in the world but has questioned their away form so far in this year's Champions League.

However, United manager Alex Ferguson is confident that his team can repeat the heroics of 1999. "The one things these lads have is the quality to play on the big occasion. In that sense, it is like 1999."

The two games between the teams at the group stage were tight and it seems unlikely that United will repeat their 8-3 aggregate win. But Totti's absence is a big blow for Roma as he is the club's top scorer this season with 17 goals.

His replacement Vucinic has hit the back of the net 12 times with 4 of those goals coming in the Champions League. The Montenegrin also scored the winner in Roma's 2-1 over the Red Devils in the same fixture last year and could prove to be a handful for Vidic and Ferdinand.

But if United can reproduce their outstanding home form in the Premiership over the two legs, the winner of this quarter-final will be a no-brainer.

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Man United 7 Roma 1

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