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Football: FERGIE: WE WILL DO A NOU CAMP; MAN UTD V REAL MADRID Sir Alex plans a Real late show.

Byline: MARTIN LIPTON

SIR ALEX FERGUSON is plotting a repeat of the greatest late show in football history to signal Manchester United's path to glory.

United need to become only the second team since the Champions League was formed 11 seasons ago to overhaul a two-goal first-leg deficit and get past the pass masters of Real Madrid.

But Fergie summoned up memories of the remarkable injury-time climax in Barcelona in 1999 that saw his side come back from the dead to beat Bayern Munich and complete the Treble as a motivation for his men to eliminate the holders. Strikes from Teddy Sheringham and

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that broke Munich's heart on that famous night were the ultimate proof that United never know when they are beaten, even when they were without the suspended Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.

Scholes and Gary Neville are missing tonight and, after Ruud van Nistelrooy's goal in the Bernabeu gave United a quarter-final lifeline, Ferguson believes his side can emulate Barcelona against Chelsea three years ago and reach the next phase.

Ferguson said: "Given our record and history of scoring late in games, I'd always think we could score.

"It could be an advantage if it gets to that point of nothing happening with 20 minutes to go.

"Knowing our team, I wouldn't be disappointed if it was 0-0 after 70 minutes.

"Our form is probably the best of the season. We're playing good football and creating opportunities in matches. That gives us a chance in any game.

"When you get Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League it can't be bigger. It's a marvellous challenge.

"I think the game itself is fantastic. I think we can score goals. The 64,000 dollar question is if we can stop them scoring. That's the big test for my players. The key is not to lose a goal."

Ferguson was all smiles, his demeanour suggesting a man at ease with life, with his mood brightened significantly in the absence through appendicitis of Raul, the man who took ruthless advantage of United's defensive deficiencies in the first leg.

The Spain striker scored twice as Madrid won 3-2 at Old Trafford to end United's reign as champions of Europe three years ago, and Fergie added: "Raul has done his damage. Their need is to make sure they don't lose two goals to us. But he's still a massive loss to them."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2003
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