Papers: We'll finish you off
Mariano: We'll finish United off
Mariano Gonzalez insists Porto made Manchester United look ordinary at Old Trafford and will do it again tomorrow. Gonzalez beat Edwin van der Sar in the 89th minute to give Portugal’s champs a 2-2 draw last week and complete “the best day of my life”. Now the midfielder is determined to finish the job in the return leg to reach the Champions League semi-finals. He said: “We know it’s going to be more difficult than in Manchester because United will arrive here looking for victory and needing goals. But the loss of Rio Ferdinand could be very important for them. Also, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t decisive in the first leg and now he has to play under all the pressure and atmosphere our ground will generate, while knowing he could easily be going out of the competition."Geoff Sweet, The Sun
Other opposition players quoted in the English press include goalkeeper Helton - "United will crack in Porto" (Mirror
) - and the defender who gifted Wayne Rooney's first-leg equaliser, Bruno Alves: "Roo bet I want revenge" (Daily Star
Meanwhile, The Times
reports thus on the referee, "Massimo Busacca, the Swiss official, was in charge when United drew 0-0 in the Nou Camp last season (vs Barcelona) and was criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson for not giving a second penalty."
In other news, the story of Federico Macheda's rise to prominence continues with a claim that he will be offered a long-term contract with the Reds when he turns 18 in August ("United plan Fed deal", The Sun