Ferguson calls for repeat

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his players to call upon the spirit of last year's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona as they prepare to welcome Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan to Old Trafford for the second leg of their last-16 clash.

The tie is delicately poised following a goalless draw at the San Siro, but United were in the same situation in their last two-legged knockout affair, where they won through thanks to a Paul Scholes goal, and Ferguson is expecting a similar result on Wednesday.

"In the build-up to a match against Jose I have to expect everything from him," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "But we are preparing in the same way as after the 0-0 in the Nou Camp."

He added: "An intense and efficient preparation, which worked very well.

"We controlled them well in Milan - Inter only had a couple of half-chances in the second half. My players played with an incredible level of concentration. They have to do the same in the return leg."

United surprised Mourinho, who had said he did not expect much attacking threat from them, in the first leg where they tore Inter apart but could not find that all-important away goal.

Ferguson is expecting Inter to come to Old Trafford and defend and, having won both last year's Champions League final and this month's Carling Cup on penalties, the United boss is not overly concerned.

"Could he really have believed that we wouldn't attack at the San Siro?" he continued. "Well, I'll tell you that at Old Trafford Inter will play for penalties.

"There is always that Italian mentality. Even with Argentinians and other foreigners, that remains the idea.

"They will look to suffocate the game for 120 minutes of goalless football. But I'm not worried about anything. My players have shown they have what it takes when it comes to penalties. I hope it continues like that."

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