Helveg: Milan must 'play like Norwich City' to beat Man Utd

Steve DownesFormer Canaries player Thomas Helveg has urged AC Milan to 'play like Norwich City' if they want to beat Manchester United tonight.The Italian giants come into the second leg of their Champions League first knockout round clash needing to win by two goals to overturn the 3-2 defeat in Italy a fortnight ago.Steve Downes

Former Canaries player Thomas Helveg has urged AC Milan to 'play like Norwich City' if they want to beat Manchester United tonight.

The Italian giants come into the second leg of their Champions League first knockout round clash needing to win by two goals to overturn the 3-2 defeat in Italy a fortnight ago.

Danish international Helveg, who played in the Premiership for Norwich and spent five years playing for Milan, was in the Canaries side that beat United 2-0 at Carrow Road in 2005.

He said he believed the Rossoneri would need to repeat the Canaries' mix of desire and ability to upset the odds.

He said: 'When you face Manchester United you know it's going to take everything you've got to have a good result.

'When I won with Norwich, we knew we couldn't beat them just by playing football, we kept on running that few metres more than normal and were very strong in the tackle.

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'I should say AC Milan have to have the same things with them, but I always think they are a very good playing team and can beat them keeping the ball and playing.'

Helveg, who got 108 caps for Denmark, is winding down his career with home town team Odense in Denmark's top flight.