UEFA Champions League Last 16: Manchester United's Five Keys for Winning it All

Maxx GCorrespondent IIFebruary 23, 2011

UEFA Champions League Last 16: Manchester United's Five Keys For Winning it All

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United claps the supporters after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Glasgow Rangers and Manchester United at Ibrox on November 24, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/
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    Manchester United is kicking every rival in the way, be it in the cups or the Premier League. So, the team that sits atop the League also sees a silver dream of the Champions League. The CL is down to the stage of 16 and United is eying the finals and the glory soon enough.

    United faces the French team of Marseille in the round of 16. With United, there are other tough competitors too remaining in this campaign. Terrific contenders such as Barcelona, Mourinho's Real Madrid, Ancelotti's off-the-form-but-always-magical Chelsea and others will not let the race go so easily.

    However, United still may go and win on the race at the end.


    Here I give you five solid key points or reasons as to how and why can United finally hold the silverware in their hands.

Supremacy In EPL

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Glasgow Rangers and Manchester United at Ibrox on November 24, 2010
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    United has been dominant in EPL this season, having won almost all the games and remaining undefeated. They drew in some, and lost only one against Wolves in the away match.

    Now that is quite a good record. Though United couldn't continue with the undefeated streak in EPL still, they have shown sheet toughness this season, and a much better performance from the previous one.

    What lies ahead is a strong boost of confidence with on-form players like Wayne Rooney, Nani and Dimitar Berbatov.

    United can use their boost and form from the EPL and leverage it to get passed their opponents in the CL. 

    Loud and Clear.

Remember Our Names

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Nani of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on November 27, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (P
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    Luis "the electrifying" Nani.

    Wayne "the bullish hero" Rooney.

    Dimitar "the late bloomer but venomous poacher" Berbatov.

    Nemanja "King" Vidic.

    Javier Chicharito "super impact" Hernandez.

    These names have taken United to where they are now this season. The whole team is looking great with players like Darren Fletcher, Rafael Silva, Anderson or Patrice Evra and others. United's pillars are strong enough to hold the silverware with nerves of steel.

United Vs Marseille: United Are The Favorites

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  Gabriel Heinze of Marseille jogs during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group F match against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on September 27, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images
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    United's next opponents are Marseille FC. Though the French club has players of repute like Lucho González, Taye Taiwo, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Loïc Remy, the level of competition and mentality of the French clubs still falls short somewhere as compared to the EPL.

    United are the clear favorites here, though the opponent should not be taken as light as off-form-Chelsea's opponents. 

    Marseille are good, that they have made this far, but United are much better and they will go further.

    A draw in the away leg and then a win at the Old Trafford by United will be just fine enough to drive Marseille out of the race.

Lucky Bastards?

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates with teammate Nani (R) after he scores a goal from an overhead kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on
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    Lucky Bastards?

    Is that what you will call Manchester United sometimes?

    Clearly, luck has been playing a great role for the Red Devils. Be it a referee decision, or a silly childish miss by the opponent, United is surely getting some lucky here all again.

    Though the last season's own goals have disappeared and United are far better than the last term, still you must be lucky to win also. However, to be honest, United is still a far off from the form they were 3 years ago. Still, they are winning and staying firm in the race.

    And you being a supporter from the other flag can only bite your nails and envy United about this, and just say United is a Lucky Bastard.

    So can luck with efforts take United to glory?

The Master Of The Game

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, attends a press conference prior to tomorrow night's UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Glasgow Rangers and Manchester United, at Ibrox Stadium on Novembe
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    Sir Alex Ferguson is surely one of the best managers in world football. For United, he stands as a guardian angel and he is the man who can take United to the land of glory.

    Does anything more need to be said about this mastermind?

    He can make strategies, bring up players like Hernandez in subs, play Rooney as a attacking midfielder, use the strengths of Rafael and Evra along the flank, bring in the expertise of Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs at times of need and finally win the match.

    He has won the CL for United before also, and the time is near when he will go for the next one.

    The old Scott has magic, and that is what United believes in to win the Champions League.