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    Strikers expected to fire United to Wembley

    New Delhi: Regardless of their checkered form leading upto the last 8 of the Champions League, no team would ever take the 2-time European crown winners for granted.

    Here is a look at the players who make Manchester United tough competitors to beat, home or away.

    Nemanja Vidic: Considered one of the best center-backs in the world, the Serbian stonewall has grown tremendously in stature as the season has progressed. One of the main reasons Man United have been able to keep as many cleans sheets domestically and on the European front is because the Vidic-Ferdinand partnership has ensured order in the back four for the strikers and more importantly the midfielders to express themselves rather than take care of the defence. Sturdy tackling, decent pace, and aerial ability has ensured that 'Vida' as he is fondly called can keep strikers of any kind and size in check.

    Wayne Rooney: Despite raising a furore after questioning Manchester United's ability to challenge for top honors and coming to a stand-off with Sir Alex Ferguson, every fan of the Red half of Manchester knows that is there is anyone who can change the course of a game on its head it is the United No. 10.

    Such is the fear of Wayne Rooney in teams all over the world that even after failing to score for more than 6 odd months, he is just one sweet-strike away from being back and roaring into form.

    The reason Rooney is important to all things Manchester United is his completeness as a player. he is the ultimate team player and can fill in or play at any position asked by the manager. His wholehearted display and tireless running from one end to the other till the final whistle makes him every manager's player to have in the squad.


    Edwin van der Sar:
    The legendary Dutch stopper has earned glowing tributes from Sir Alex Ferguson and goalie's all around the world, and for good reason. The United No.1 has turned 40 but his performances suggest otherwise, maintaining peak physical standards and putting in sterling performances week in, week out. The reason Manchester United have been able to battle injuries to their defenders and still come out unscathed is because of Van der Sar.

    Javier Hernandez: The Mexican's meteoric rise in the Manchester United ranks is nothing short of shocking. Bought for close to 6 million pounds with one eye of the future, the little Mexican's eye for goal has been a pleasant surprise for every one at Old Trafford. Scoring the all important goal against Valencia away from home and a brace at Old Trafford against Marseille to secure qualification in the last 8 has been testament to the fact that he is now ranked higher than Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov.

    Yet another unearthed gem spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson, who keeps vindicating his rather less-expensive buys.