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United hold no fear for Porto boss Ferreira

Published 15/04/2009

Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira insists he would not swap places with Sir Alex Ferguson and has vowed to go for Manchester United's jugular tonight.

The Portuguese champions claimed a creditable 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford but know they face another stern examination from Ferguson's team if they are to reach the last four.

They must also cope without the presence of Ferreira in the technical area after UEFA today handed him a one-match touchline ban for his gesticulating at the referee during February 24's last-16 clash with Atletico Madrid.

"There is no way I would swap places," said Ferreira. "I like my team and I don't feel any pressure. We need to control the game and to do that we need to control our emotions. Manchester United are the best team in the world but last week we proved they were only human and we aim to do the same again."

Argentina midfielder Lucho Gonzalez fancies Porto's chances, even if the visitors have the best player in the world in their ranks.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the number one player just now, but they are all at Manchester United for a reason, that is why they are the best in the world," he said.

"But such things don't mean anything to me. I don't know if United can play any better than they did last week but I will try to make sure they don't."

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