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Alan Green: Beckham is key once again for Manchester United's progression

I’m looking forward to a really good week for the two English clubs involved in Champions League action (thanks to UEFA’s desire to increase television coverage i.e. rake in more money, Chelsea don’t play until next week).

And I’m wholly confident that Arsenal and Manchester United will reach the quarter-finals.

Whatever the media distractions of David Beckham’s return to Old Trafford — oh, please, please, let him play: it’ll be so much easier for United if he does — I can’t see AC Milan winning, never mind getting the two-goal margin they’d probably require.

Dodgy knee or not, I have a feeling, a hope, that Rooney was merely rested against Wolves and that he’ll be ready to slay the ageing Italians.

Arsenal, of course, could find it tougher, particularly if Fabregas is missing and if they reproduce any of the defensive errors they committed in Portugal.

However, usually, Porto don’t travel well and, just as at Stoke last week, I feel the motivation brought by that terrible injury to Ramsey — by the way, I DON’T believe there was any malice in the tackle — will see Wenger’s team comfortably through.

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