LONDON: Ryan Giggs has warned Bayern Munich to expect a ferocious assault from Manchester United in today's (early tomorrow morning in Malaysia) Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side trail 2-1 from last week's first leg in Munich and only a 1-0 victory or a two-goal winning margin will be enough to book a semi-final showdown with Lyon or Bordeaux.
After Saturday's home defeat against Chelsea surrendered the initiative in the Premier League title race, the Champions League could be United's only hope of adding more silverware to the League Cup won in February.
With leading scorer Wayne Rooney in a race against time to recover from an ankle injury suffered in Germany, it would be understandable if an air of despondency had descended on United's training ground this week.
While Old Trafford can be a subdued stadium for mundane league matches, on big European occasions it is a far more hostile arena. Giggs knows United have often fed off the extra energy of a raucous capacity crowd and he expects a repeat today.
"You have to give credit to Bayern who made it very difficult for us," Giggs said. "But I am confident that we can raise our game at home. We have done it many times before and we'll have to do it again."
"It's not insurmountable. Although we were disappointed to have lost two late goals, 2-1 isn't the worst result in the world. We now know what we have to do at home," Fletcher said.
"You don't play any bad sides in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. We learned a lot about Bayern and about ourselves and we'll take all that into the match at Old Trafford."