Manchester United 2-1 Olympique Marseille
(United win 2-1 on aggregate)
Hernandez 5, 75 Brown (og) 82
Two goals from in-form Mexican striker Javier Hernandez took Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals after a stiff test from a skilful Marseille side.
United were severely hampered by defensive injuries and their centre-back pairing of Chris Smalling and Wes Brown often struggled.
Marseille created and squandered three gilt-edged chances. And Hernandez’s finishing and fine displays by Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes saw United home.
Hernandez capped United’s ferocious start on five minutes, tapping in Rooney’s low left-wing cross after Rooney had combined superbly with Ryan Giggs.
Four minutes later, Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac fired woefully off-target from the edge of the penalty area after latching onto a superb lay-off by Andre Ayew.
United lost John O’Shea to injury on 36 minutes. And with United briefly a man short, Marseille’s unmarked Souleymane Diawara headed Taye Taiwo’s left-wing cross wide from six yards.
On 74 minutes, United keeper Edwin Van der Sar saved Benoit Cheyrou’s low right-foot shot. And within a minute, United were two-up, Hernandez guiding home Giggs’ right-wing cross from close range.
Marseille deservedly pulled one back on 82 minutes when Wes Brown diverted substitute Mathieu Valbuena’s terrific inswinging corner past Scholes on the goalline. But United held on.
Tags: Javier Hernandez, Manchester United, Champions League, Marseille