Giggs confident of beating OM

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Ryan Giggs is confident Manchester United can show their class in Tuesday's Champions League match with Marseille at Old Trafford.

United head into the fixture having managed only a goalless draw in the opening leg in France three weeks ago. It is a scoreline fraught with danger given the Red Devils were eliminated on away goals after exactly the same result in Monaco during the 1997/98 Champions League campaign.

But the veteran Welshman is in optimistic mood, and said: "At Old Trafford we back ourselves against anyone."

He added: "It is going to be tough. It is the Champions League and 0-0 is always a sticky scoreline because we know if they score an away goal we will have to get two. What we need to do is get one and then pile on the goals to negate the possibility of an away one."

Giggs feels there are a number of factors in United's favour.

Home advantage usually makes a difference, as should a surface that will assist the hosts' preference for a speedy passing game.

In addition, Giggs feels Marseille manager Didier Deschamps will at some stage have to ask his team to engage their opponents on the front foot, something they failed to do in the first meeting.

"Marseille were quite solid in the first leg but they didn't risk anything," said Giggs. "They were probably afraid to concede an away goal. As a consequence, we didn't get into our rhythm like we know we can.

"The pitch was a bit uneven so our passing wasn't as crisp and the tempo wasn't what Manchester United are used to.

"We defended well but overall it wasn't the best of games. I am sure this one will be better."

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