Good time to meet Milan – Ferguson

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 Ferguson. “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 experience. “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 former

club. “It’s Pato they are desperate to get back in,” added

Ferguson. “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 Wednesday. “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.”