Man Utd head to Lille with fully-strength squad

February 19, 2007

Manchester United flew out on their Champions League expedition to Lille with a full-strength squad this morning.

Edwin van der Sar was among the Red Devils party, although rookie goalkeeper Tom Heaton also travelled just in case the veteran Dutchman was not fully recovered from a broken nose.

Wayne Rooney, without a goal in Europe since his hat-trick against Fenerbahce on debut in September 2004, is expected to be recalled after being suspended for the FA Cup draw against Reading.

Rooney could be joined in attack by Henrik Larsson, whose last appearance in the competition came in Paris last year when he came off the bench to inspire Barcelona to a final victory over Arsenal.

The one minor hiccup to United's preparations is that the pitch at Lens' Stade Bollaert has been declared unfit to train on.

It means both United and Lille, who did not concede a goal in two meetings with Sir Alex Ferguson's men last term, will instead train at the Lens training ground at La Gayette.