29/04/2008 08:00, Report by Nick Coppack

Sir Alex: Roar us to Moscow

Sir Alex wants Old Trafford to resemble a “cauldron of fever-pitch support” when United meet Barcelona in tonight’s Champions League semi-final.

Last week’s first leg at the Nou Camp ended in a 0-0 draw and the Reds boss is confident United fans can now roar the side to Moscow.

“Naturally the aim in an away leg is to score,” Sir Alex confessed in his United Review programme notes. “But it was not to be and we are more than capable of putting that right tonight, especially if you, our fans, get behind us.”

Ferguson’s plea is the latest call from within Old Trafford for fans to embrace the Show Your Colours campaign. Launched prior to the first leg, supporters have been urged to turn the ground into a sea of red and white for Barcelona’s visit, with shirts, scarves and flags expected to enhance what will already be an electric atmosphere. Mosaics at either end of the ground and a giant flag will also greet the teams as they emerge from the tunnel shortly before the 19:45 BST kick-off.

Last week at the Nou Camp, the capacity crowd responded to each spell of United possession with shrill whistles, making for an intimidating atmosphere.

“I thought the Barcelona supporters were tremendous [last week],” Ferguson said. “Despite the frustrations of not being able to see their team score, they rallied round their players. And with 95,000 in the Nou Camp they made a fearsome noise.

“We must match their support, hopefully even better it. So show your colours, wave your scarves, hoist your flags and make our presence felt.

“With your help we can do it. The players won’t let you down. This tie is absolutely wide open!”


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