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Latest update : 2009-09-30

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Old Trafford will prove an intimidating venue for German champions Wolfsburg when the Premiership and Bundesliga title holders clash tonight.

Manchester United are getting ready to play their first home match in this season's Champions League at Old Trafford against Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg. Both sides won their opening games in Group B, but Alex Ferguson is hoping his side's vast experience will count against the group stage first timers.

"I would imagine most of their players have never been to Old Trafford, sometimes that's an incentive, sometimes that's a drawback. Their two strikers scored 71 goals between them this season, which is an incredible total for two strikers. So they do score goals, but they also concede them," says the Manchester United manager.

To counter the threat of Grafite and Edin Dzeko, Ferguson has his own goal machine in Wayne Rooney, scorer of 11 goals in his last 12 games for club and country.

"Well that's the challenge for every player, not just Wayne Rooney, there's some great footballers out there like Kaka, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi, are the three best players in the world I think, and Wayne could easily, with the right progress, could easily get to that level", says Ferguson.

Paul Scholes scored the single goal that saw off Besiktas in the first game in Turkey, but Ferguson will be looking for a more convincing win in United's "Theatre of Dreams".

Date created : 2009-09-30

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