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Man U says it is ready for a scrap with Porto

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London, Apr.14 (ANI): Manchester United has warned Porto that they are ready for a scrap and won't loosen their grip on the Champions League crown.

United go into tomorrow's quarter-final second leg knowing no English side have beaten Porto at home in 12 attempts.

Alex Ferguson's men were held to a 2-2 draw by the Portuguese side at Old Trafford last week.

Midfielder Michael Carrick insists the holders have a determination to win back-to-back Euro titles.

"We're English and European champions and we don't want to let either trophy go - we're probably even more determined than we were last year to stay on top. There's always a real determination for success and thankfully we've had that in recent years. But we want it again. We can beat anyone on our day, so we will go to Portugal with confidence and believing we can win," The Sun quoted Carrick, as saying.

The last time United went to Porto five years ago they lost 2-1 and then drew 1-1 at home as they were dumped by Jose Mourinho's team in the first knockout stage.

Boss Ferguson said: "They are a different proposition now with an introduction of Brazilian and Argentine players into their team. This has given them both a flair and toughness that is very much in evidence when they play at home." (ANI)

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 14:13 [IST]
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