While everyone is predicting a cagey match at the San Siro this evening, will we instead witness two teams going for the jugular right away? Probably not, although Sir Alex Ferguson is clearly not all about keeping plenty of men behind the ball and trying to land a goalless draw, especially as such a result would leave them vulnerable in the second leg.
Indeed, while Jose Mourinho nearly describes Manchester United as ‘afraid’ of facing the Italian champions, The Times reports that Fergie is expecting the tie to be decided on Tuesday night, despite it only being the first leg. The Scot is surely indulging in some mind games, although will his team be more adventurous than first thought?
Mourinho has suggested that his proud record against United will be extended over the two legs and that Inter “will be celebrating” at Old Trafford on March 11, but added that the tie will not be settled “until the last minute of extra time”. Ferguson, raising an eyebrow, suggested otherwise. “I think it will be decided in Milan,” he said. “If we score, we will have a great chance.”
Ah, the valuable away goal, meaning not only will Manchester United get a favourable result, but they will also be able to attack Inter in the second leg without any fear of conceding. Do supporters really expect the champions of Europe to take the game to their opponents on Tuesday evening, or will they look to try and stun Mourinho’s men on the counter-attack? Either way, it promises to be some game!