Date: 7th April 2009 at 3:13pm
Written by:

Alan Hansen, pundit for the New Football Pools on Manchester United v Porto.

‘Manchester United take on Porto at Old Trafford and I expect an improvement from a lot of their players after recent poor performances. Despite many experts views that United will comfortably progress there are no mugs at this stage of the competition so Sir Alex`s side will have to work hard to go through.

This is the quarter-final stage of the competition so you can`t be complacent against any side, after all, Porto did top their qualifying group ahead of Arsenal so are well capable of a shock. They are also champions of Portugal for the past 3 seasons and current league leaders so shouldn`t to be underestimated.

The stats behind the game do suggest a comfortable home win with Porto having never won in England in 11 attempts with 10 of those matches resulting in defeat. Although I think we all remember the only occasion when the Portuguese club did get a positive result with a certain Jose Mourinho dancing up the Old Trafford touchline.

United will have a number of players back for this one and Porto are not the best travellers so I would expect the home side to win this one. Of course, the Portuguese side have a chance but if United can get back to anything like their best form then they should take a strong lead into the 2nd leg.’

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