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United face Marseille full of surprises

sports Updated: Mar 15, 2011 01:06 IST
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Manchester United winger Nani will face Olympique Marseille in the Champions League after recovering sooner than expected from a leg injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday. The Portugal international trained with the first team earlier in the day, raising the prospect of a return in time for Tuesday's last-16 second leg at Old Trafford after Ferguson had last week ruled him out.

Defender and captain Nemanja Vidic missed training on Monday after picking up a knock in the 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory but should be fit for Tuesday when United and Marseille resume battle after a 0-0 draw in France last month.

It was unclear whether Ferguson planned to name Nani in the starting line-up, only a week after he suffered a gashed leg after a high tackle by Liverpool's Jamie Carragher, or whether fellow winger Antonio Valencia was in the running.

United are seeking a fifth successive quarter-final appearance, while Marseille have not been in the last eight since winning the first ever Champions League trophy in 1993.

United are unbeaten in all competitions this season and have never lost to French opposition at Old Trafford.