United and Arsenal aim to restore English pride
Man U and Arsenal will try to rescue English football from its post-Zagreb depression when they resume their Champions League campaigns.Updated: Oct 16, 2006 16:04 IST
Manchester United and Arsenal will try to rescue English football from its post-Zagreb depression when they resume their Champions League campaigns on Tuesday.
Less than a week after Steve McClaren's over-hyped and under-performing team were humbled in Croatia, attention switches back to the continent's premier club competition where all four English sides are flying.
United lead Group F with a maximum six points from two games and face FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford while Arsene Wenger takes Arsenal, last year's runners-up, to icy Russia to face CSKA Moscow.
The Gunners also have six points from two matches in Group G after wins over FC Porto and Hamburg. England's other representatives, Chelsea and Liverpool, who lead Group A and C respectively, are in action on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney, one of England's many flops in their doomed Euro 2008 trip to Croatia, is certain to face the Danes at Old Trafford despite not having scored in the tournament since his hat-trick against Fenerbahce in September 2004.
"I am surprised he has not scored in the Champions League for two years," said United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
"We had a bad campaign last year, so you have to put that aside but nonetheless, I am surprised."
Rooney was in sparkling form on Saturday as United maintained their place at the top of the English Premiership with a 3-1 win at Wigan.
He failed to improve his recent run of just two goals in his last 17 games for club and country, but Ferguson claimed he has no worries about the youngster.
First Published: Oct 16, 2006 16:04 IST