Champions tie will be decided at The Emirates - Sir Alex
Sir Alex Ferguson admits Wednesday s Champions League semi-final first leg against Arsenal at Old Trafford will not be easy - but says the tie will be won or lost in north London. The Manchester United boss recognises the trophy is Arsenal s main priori
Sir Alex Ferguson admits Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Arsenal at Old Trafford will "not be easy" - but says the tie will be won or lost in north London.
The Manchester United boss recognises the trophy is Arsenal's main priority after securing a top four finish at the weekend - and he expects a tough game.
"There's always a danger of facing teams who are not challenging for the league," he said.
"Arsenal have not lost a league match for 20 games. But it won't be decided on Wednesday. I feel sure of that. There will be a lot of football left at Emirates.
You may also want to watch:
"It's almost the perfect semi-final, full of terrific players and both teams play good football. It has an appetising look."
Gunners defender Kolo Toure says United have it all to lose.
- 1 Famous Hampstead Heath love swan Mrs Newbie dies
- 2 Guilty: Kentish Town man convicted of murdering Jack Ampadu
- 3 'Feels like a runway': Hampstead residents call for LED lamp post change
- 4 'Heart of the community': Muswell Hill Library celebrates 90 years
- 5 Man, 26, stabbed in Camden 'fight'
- 6 'Victim-blaming': Disabled woman fears leaving flat after neighbour's abuse
- 7 West Hampstead Women's Institute celebrates 10-year milestone
- 8 'State pension must be raised or older people face a dismal future'
- 9 David Amess murder: Met searches London addresses
- 10 'You're welcome here': Best pals, 12, make care packages for Afghan refugees
"There is more pressure on United because they are the team to beat," he said.
"We know when we play football against United, they struggle a lot.
"United are a really good team going forward, but, like us, at the back they have conceded a few goals.
"We have the same type of team, we both like to play, but sometimes you can be caught out at the back.
"The team that will win will be the one which defends the best. It;s going to be a really big fight."
Mikael Silvestre hopes to be fit to face his former club while captain Cesc Fabregas and defender Johan Djourou look to have shrugged off minor knocks.
However, Arsenal's leading scorer Robin van Persie (groin) and left-back Gael Clichy (back) are both out while Andrey Arshavin is ineligible, having played for Zenit St Petersburg earlier in the competition.