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Champions League: Giggs on the attack as Manchester United face Marseille

Ryan Giggs is confident Manchester United can show their class in tonight's Champions League match with Marseille at Old Trafford.

United head into the fixture having managed only a goalless draw in the opening leg in France three weeks ago.

It is a scoreline fraught with danger given the Red Devils were eliminated on away goals after exactly the same result in Monaco during the 1997/98 Champions League campaign.

But, with home advantage and confidence lifted by an impressive FA Cup triumph over Arsenal, Giggs today insisted: “At Old Trafford we back ourselves against anyone. It is going to be tough. It is the Champions League and 0-0 is always a sticky scoreline because we know if they score an away goal we will have to get two.

“What we need to do is get one and then pile on the goals to negate the possibility of an away one.

“Marseille were quite solid in the first leg but they didn't risk anything,” said Giggs. “They were probably afraid to concede an away goal.”

Sir Alex Ferguson is still contending with a large number of injuries.

Rio Ferdinand heads a list of absentees that still includes Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and Anderson, with Owen Hargreaves and Park Ji-sung set to miss out as well.

Skipper Nemanja Vidic is a doubt after missing training yesterday with a minor knock. There is some good news, though.

Michael Carrick and Michael Owen should be available along with Nani, who was ruled out by Ferguson on Friday but has made a quicker than expected recovery from a badly gashed leg.

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