Uninspiring Man United still seek a spark

Marseille: Manchester United gained a valuable 0-0 draw at Olympique Marseille in the Champions League but their uninspired display will not have had the likes of Barcelona quaking in their boots.

Marseille boss Didier Deschamps said before the game that three-times winners United lacked "fantasy" now names like Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo are long gone.

With Ryan Giggs injured, Wayne Rooney still not firing, Dimitar Berbatov inconsistent and Nani flattering to deceive, the spark was indeed missing at the Stade Velodrome where the vibrant fans offered the only element of colour.

The hosts struggled to create anything concrete either and United boss Alex Ferguson remained confident the Premier League leaders would progress to the quarter-finals in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 15.

"You`d have to say Manchester United at home, we`ve got a good chance. We just need to win. I don`t care if it`s 10-9," he told a news conference.

"A goal away from home is always important, that`s a disappointment but I don`t think Marseille presented any problems to us in attacking sense. Nothing really happened in the match...and it wasn`t a good match to watch."

The game summed up United`s season, effective but without any great conviction or flair and fans will fear for their prospects further into the competition if they do not find another gear.

Bureau Report

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