Anderson: United equipped to retain trophy

Two-time European cup winner Viv Anderson has tipped his former club Manchester United to retain the Champions League trophy. The former England international believes United’s strength in depth and experience will see them succeed at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on May 27. Anderson, who also played for Arsenal, believes the Gunners lack the old heads to lead them to European glory. “Arsenal have got a lot of key players coming back from injury, but I still think Manchester United are better equipped to win the Champions League with the depth of squad that they have,” he said. “United’s squad is filled with players who have been there and done it – Van der Sar, Scholes, Giggs and Neville. “Their experience is crucial. They’ll be able to prepare the young players for the challenges ahead.” Manchester United host FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, while Arsenal travel to Villarreal. The winners will meet in the semi-finals. Anderson, 52, won the European Cup in successive seasons with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980. He joined Arsenal in 1984 before moving to Old Trafford in 1987 where he spent four years. Anderson thinks Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is building an exciting young squad at the Emirates, but feels he made a mistake selling Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva without ready-made replacements. “When he was building this young team he should have replaced the likes of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva. “Obviously he thought Fabregas was going to fill Vieira’s shoes, which he has done, but I feel the team needs more experience,” he said. Viv Anderson was talking on behalf of the Mardan Sports Complex at Antalya in Turkey. The UEFA standard complex is the ideal training camp for professional and semi-professional teams. UNITED FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter ARSENAL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter