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Michael Taylor 10th Mar 2009 - 22:36

21 looks nailed on for Fergie’s bankers

'The Special One' Jose Mourinho may be one of the world's top managers but even he looks powerless to stop Sir Alex Ferguson and his Man Utd team from achieving a perfect 21 game unbeaten run in the Champions League.

After a much hyped but desperately dull 0-0 draw in the first leg at the San Siro the Red Devils are now massive 4/9 favourites to dump Inter Milan out of the Champions League and qualify for the quarter-finals for the third consecutive season.

All Inter need to upset the odds in the second leg at Old Trafford is to score and avoid defeat...it sounds easy enough but in reality it is impossible to look beyond anything other than a comfortable United win.

The trio of Rooney, Ronaldo and Berbatov would be dangerous in an average team but with Michael Carrick spraying balls out with ease and Ryan Giggs looking better than ever it could signal a long night for Inter centre backs Christian Chivu and Ivan Cordoba.

Wayne Rooney in particular has been outstanding since his return from injury, chipping in with four goals in five games and looks a good bet at 5/1 to grab the first of this game.

The England forward is known as a confidence player and when he has his eye in, like he does right now, there is nobody better in British football - much like Inter's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is Italian football's equivalent.

Ibrahimovic is a prodigious talent, one that many still question, but if he finds his feet in Manchester, Vidic and Ferdinand will have their hands full. The giant Swede has forged a strong partnership with Adriano and could be Inter's best bet for a goal at 9/4 to score anytime.

Although after watching Man Utd all season and in the away leg in Milan it could be a long shot that their rock solid defence does indeed concede in the game, making the 11/10 about a home clean sheet look inviting.

In terms of the match betting you have to look at the 7/10 about a United win as the only sensible bet. Their 4-0 demolition of Fulham at the weekend, playing a weakened team, showed the fluency they are now playing with and while Mourinho knows how to shut the best of them out, this Man Utd team is just too good.

You only have to look through the Premier League champions' team to see their strength. It seems every player is dangerous going forward and solid in defence - laziness just isn't an option in Sir Alex's team.

And more of the same should be a given on Wednesday night with 2-0 at 5/1 looking good value on the correct score market.

So forget how special Mourinho may be, just sit back at watch United cruise to a record 21 unbeaten as they send Europe a message that they are 'The Special Ones'.

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