Good time to meet Milan – Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes AC Milan are a
different proposition in the Champions League since the departure
Ferguson is in buoyant mood as his United side prepare to
travel to the San Siro for Tuesday’s round-of-16 first-leg tie.
Kaka moved to Real Madrid last summer, joining former United
forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.
United lost 3-0 in their last contest with the Rossoneri at
the San Siro as Kaka inspired the hosts to a semi-final win in 2007
and Ferguson is happy not to be facing the Brazil playmaker.
“It’s a good time for us to be going to Milan,” said
“They played this weekend (beating Udinese 3-2 on Friday
night), they’ve lost Kaka and have a few injuries, whereas we
aren’t playing this weekend and we have had a good rest.”
Tactically, Leonardo’s side have been forced to adapt since
Kaka’s move to Spain, according to Ferguson.
He added: “They have changed since they lost Kaka.
“They used Kaka at the head of a diamond and two front
players but they have changed that and gone 4-3-3 with two wide
players and three centre-midfield players.
“You have to recognise they are not short of skill and
“Ronaldinho, Pato all these players, but equally we have
players who can win the match too.
“After the experience in the San Siro three years ago, where
they dominated the game, I know that won’t happen again.”
Pato is outlined by Ferguson as the biggest threat to United
in the first-leg contest, which may see David Beckham face his
“It’s Pato they are desperate to get back in,” added
“If he’s not back they’ll play David wide right.
“We know all about David, he’s a great crosser of the ball so
we will have to be alive to that.”
Ferguson, whose side have won four of their last five games,
scoring 16 goals, is confident United can cope in the absence of
Ryan Giggs, who suffered a broken arm against Aston Villa last
“My players are used to big occasions and I think the good
thing for us now is that we have hit form at just the right time,”
said the United boss.
“We will miss Giggsy, but we have players in great form and
working really well.
“The improvement you see in players like (Wayne) Rooney, Nani
and (Antonio) Valencia, who has done a great job for us since
coming here, is fantastic and we have (Darren) Fletcher and
(Michael) Carrick playing out of their skins.
“(Paul) Scholes is playing well too. I have players who are
playing well at the right time.”