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23 FEBRUARY 2011, STADE VELODROME 57,957

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30Mandanda
24Fanni
40Mbia
21Diawara
19Heinze
6Cissésub7
8González
12Kaboré
11Rémysub28
20Ayew
9Brandao
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16Andrade
34Taiwo
7Cheyrousub6
5Hilton
15Ayew
28Valbuenasub11
18Abriel
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1Van der Sar
22O'Shea
12Smalling
15Vidic
3Evra
24Fletcher
16Carrick
28Gibsonsub18
17Nani
9Berbatov
10Rooney
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29Kuszczak
6Brown
20Fabio
14Hernandez
25Obertan
2Rafael
18Scholessub28

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23/02/2011 21:30, Report by Adam Bostock
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United may not have followed the leads of Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs in the Champions League's last-16 ties, but the Reds remain favourites to reach the quarter-finals after this stalemate with a decent if unambitious Marseille side.

Goalscoring chances were few and far between on a disappointing night at Stade Velodrome, and Sir Alex Ferguson will hope for more from his attacking players when the battle continues at Old Trafford in a fortnight's time - while asking his defence to remain just as solid against the threat of the dreaded away goal for Marseille.

The United boss recalled eight big guns at the back and in attack for the first leg, but he picked two thirds of the same midfield which laboured to victory over Crawley Town in the FA Cup – Darron Gibson and Michael Carrick – and retained John O’Shea in defence.

Marseille made an aggressive start straight from the kick-off, in both senses of the word - Gabriel Heinze lunged at Nani and Loic Remy fired the first wild shot across United’s bows, both inside the first 60 seconds. Nani was closer with his opening crack at goal when Dimitar Berbatov teed up him just outside the box, although again the goalkeeper wasn’t troubled.

Playing on the right of a front three, Nani was putting the home side on the rack in the early stages with his surges beyond Heinze. When one such streak drew a foul and Nani’s free-kick was only half cleared, Darren Fletcher drove a first-time shot through a ruck of players; Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda saw it late but pulled off a fine save.

After a lively opening, the game’s tempo dipped to a more typical level for a European match. Less characteristic was United’s use of the ball – or

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