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Attack
While it may not be a head-to-head on the pitch, between them Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic could well determine the outcome of this tie. If one or other can stamp their undoubted class on the game, the respective defences will be in for a couple of very busy nights.

Midfield
Inter have a rock-solid centre that protects the defence and surges forward on rapid counters, exemplified by Argentinian international Esteban Cambiasso. Sir Alex may choose to match like with like with the energy and drive of Fletcher, or plump for the finesse of the Carrick/Scholes axis that proved so effective in the latter stages of last season’s competition.

Defence
It'll be a cracking duel between Patrice Evra and Douglas Maicon, widely considered to be the best right-back in the world at the moment. Maicon has been the stand-out figure of Inter’s season with his marauding runs and pinpoint crosses. He’s even matched his career best tally of five Serie A goals already this term.
23/02/2009 10:45, Report by A Beck, S Campanale
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United's Inter mission

As United take on Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in the Champions League, we give you the lowdown on the latest instalment of Sir Alex v the Special One...

It had to be Jose. No-one of a Red persuasion will quickly forget their first Mourinho moment, the Portuguese flapping like a big grey bird up the Old Trafford touchline as Porto knocked us out on the way to taking the Champions League in 2004. Now, after two Premier League titles for Chelsea followed by two for United, battle lines are to be drawn again, this time as the Reds take on the leaders of Serie A.

Reaction to the draw
As usual the gaffer had his own individual take on matters at UEFA HQ, preferring to concentrate less on the Italian qualities of Inter and more on their imported stars.

“They have a lot of experience in their team, including quite a few South Americans,” Sir Alex said. “In fact I think they have only got two Italians in their team. That in itself represents a tough challenge because you know South American players are always very tough

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