Manchester United are through to the quarter final after a hard fought 2-1 victory at home to Marseille courtesy of a double from Javier Hernandez.
Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side are still on course for a possible treble following a hard fought contest against Marseille at Old Trafford.
Ferguson started with an attack minded side sticking to his 4-4-2 formation of later and they reaped the rewards just after five minutes.
The inspirational Wayne Rooney played a sublime pass out to the left wing to Ryan Giggs who crossed low into the box for Hernandez to tap home from close range, 1-0 United.
United pushed on for the second goal that would have made them comfortable but Marseille also had some good chances, with the absence of Nemanja Vidic’s experience at the back clear to see for United.
Ferguson’s side were happy to hear the half time whistle as Marseille grew stronger as the first half progressed. The Manchester United manager was forced into two changes at right back as John O Shea and then his replacement Rafael both went off with injuries.
United started the second half pretty much the same as the first, looking for a second goal but also looking dangerous at the back.
Nani was withdrawn on the hour mark and replaced by the returning Antonio Valencia who made an immediate impact on the right wing for United.
United looked home and dry with fifteen minutes to go when Hernandez got his second once again from close range following some nice work from Giggs and Valencia.
What should have been a comfortable final 15 minutes for United turned out to be quiet the opposite when Marseille pulled one back after Wes Brown failed to deal with a corner from the French side.
However, United held on and still remain on track for an unlikely treble.