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RAFA BENITEZ believes Old Trafford is about to witness the toughest job in football.

And he does not mean stopping Cristiano Ronaldo!

The Manchester United superstar's midweek double edged him past George Best to a club record 33 goals in a season from a winger.

Yet down the M62, Liverpool have their own golden boy in Fernando Torres, who is in the form of his life at the moment.

And Kop boss Benitez reckons United face as huge a task in shackling the Spaniard as his own side do in keeping Ronaldo quiet.

He insisted: “The key to stopping Ronaldo? Maybe the key is stopping Torres.

“Of course we know that Ronaldo is in form but Fernando is too.

“The understanding between players, especially those up front, is always important.
Ferguson demanded

“Fernando and Steven Gerrard are playing well, scoring goals and the team is getting the benefit. So the difficulty for teams is stopping both.â€

Torres, a club record £21.5million summer buy from Atletico Madrid, has so far blasted 27 goals in all competitions.

Yet his manager is convinced the Anfield hitman, 24 yesterday, will be even deadlier over the coming years.

Benitez added: “Fernando is already a very good player and only young. So though he is playing really well, he can also do better in the future.â€

Before Wednesday's win over Bolton, United boss Alex Ferguson demanded more protection from officials for the likes of Ronaldo.

Steve Bennett is the referee with the job of keeping tabs on Sunday on what is traditionally a tinder-box clash between the two deadly rivals.

Yet Benitez has no fears about Bennett proving up to the task.

He added: “Ferguson was talking about protecting Ronaldo. But it's just as important to protect the likes of Torres, Gerrard and all the to players.â€
 

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If we have Ferdinand and Vidic we should be able to handle Torres no problem like we did a few months back. They bullied him for 90 minutes.

However, Torres is on form and like Karim Benzema, when given an opportunity he will punish teams.

Our whole back line must be weary of him at all times and on their toes.
 

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I think Torres is much more scary than Ronaldo - he would frighten my grandson!!

I hope our defence has a blinder on Sunday....................
 

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Keano4taoiseach said:
If we have Ferdinand and Vidic we should be able to handle Torres no problem like we did a few months back. They bullied him for 90 minutes.

However, Torres is on form and like Karim Benzema, when given an opportunity he will punish teams.

Our whole back line must be weary of him at all times and on their toes.
i think RIo will probably miss the game with a slight back injury.Torres and Ronaldo are in the same mould to tell the truth.Both of them are the best in the world at the moment and that is going to be the key matchup in the game.
 

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Nope, SAF has said that United were handed a double injury boost.
Both Rio Ferdinand & Edwin van Der Sar has recovered from their respective injury & are now expected to make the Starting-XI team sheet. So now worries mate, b'coz ue will see this again ;)

 

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Nope, SAF has said that United were handed a double injury boost.
Both Rio Ferdinand & Edwin van Der Sar has recovered from their respective injury & are now expected to make the Starting-XI team sheet. So now worries mate, b'coz ue will see this again ;)



"They both have to train to give me the confidence to play them. I’m doubtful for Rio, I’m hopeful for Edwin. One out of two would be a bonus, given their experience."

http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=543154
 

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I got a feeling Torres will have a quiet game when visiting the champions! He scores against poor defending generally and is not a great goalscore. 2 Hatricks makes up a large chunk of his goals for the season.
 

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yeah yeah torres this and torres that...wer da heck was he at anfield when united came to town? missing! dw the same will happen when he comes to OT.
 

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Can only have one full back at a time on a winger.

Can have 2 centre backs on a striker.

And I mean, its not like Torres has any real strikers to work with upfront is it?
 

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Justice said:
Can only have one full back at a time on a winger.

Can have 2 centre backs on a striker.

And I mean, its not like Torres has any real strikers to work with upfront is it?
Forever_United said:
lets not say bad stuff about the spaniard please. i dnt want to bring about bad luck for tomoz. :)
Not the best thing to say the night before we play them mate!!!!

I know what you mean but it would be the bloody day.......

Somebody said before we played that Benjani is.....*deleted*.....and he is but we al know what happened...:(
 
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