FC Copenhagen know they have to take something from the visit of Manchester United to keep alive their slender chances of progress from Group F.
With one point and without a single goal, Copenhagen are bottom of Group F and coach Stale Solbakken hopes his players will be inspired on tonight.
“It’s the greatest game in Copenhagen’s history,” said the coach. “That will give extra strength to the players and it will be a much closer contest than at Old Trafford. Although we played quite well, we were up against maybe the best attacking team in Europe, so we’re in for another tough contest.”
Solbakken played down the fact United will be without Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Louis Saha through injury, noting instead the threat posed by Wayne Rooney.
“We all know what he is capable of,” said the Norwegian. “The goals have started to come for him again, and with Saha and Giggs out he will be even more vital to United, so we will keep an extra eye on him of course.”
Meanwhile, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes success in the Champions League could be around the corner.
“We have an opportunity with a new team to win the European Cup again and we could do it,” he said. “There are half a dozen clubs who could win the competition this season, it’s that open, but we’re one of them.”
Jesper Christiansen; Lars Jacobsen, Brede Hangeland, Michael Gravgaard, Oscar Wendt; Michael Silberbauer, Tobias Linderoth, Hjalte Nørregaard, Martin Bergvold/William Kvist, Atiba Hutchinson; Marcus Allbäck.
Edwin van der Sar; Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidi?, Gabriel Heinze; Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, John O’Shea, Cristiano Ronaldo; Wayne Rooney, Ole Gunnar Solskjær.