been no nightmares for Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan in the days leading up to the
big match against the European champions Manchester United at Highfield Road tonight.
"I have slept easy," said the former United man. "My team is ready and
we have some good players. The Moroccans Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo are looking
forward to it. This is the reason they came to play in England to take part in games like
"The same goes for Robbie Keane. He set a high standard with two goals on his
debut against Derby County on Saturday and it would be unrealistic to expect him to
maintain that level of return.
"But I was not surprised by his display. He may be nineteen years old but he has
the football brain of a thirty-year-old and the maturity to match.
"When we sold Darren Huckerby I set about looking for a young striker and an older
experienced player. With Robbie we have two rolled into one. I was convinced right away
that he was the man for our club. I hope he will be good for us and we will be good for
And Strachan affirmed that he is full of admiration for his old boss Ferguson. He has a
built a great team at United, but I think our role model at Coventry should be what he
achieved at Aberdeen.
"Like us he had no money and small gates but he built a magnificent team of young
boys who broke the Rangers-Celtic monopoly in Scotland. He did a fantastic job at St
Mirren before that as well."
Strachan has one selection concern for the match. Left back David Burrows begins a
three match ban and will be replaced by Gary Breen, Marc Edworthy or Marcus Hall.