Fletch: we were taught a lesson
Darren Fletcher says that Bayern Munich taught his Manchester United team a lesson in the Allianz Arena last night as the Reds went down 2-1 to the German giants. United, poor from start to finish, must overcome a first leg deficit a week from today if Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are to progress to the Champions League semi-final.
“It’s not insurmountable,” Fletcher told United mouthpiece ManUtd.com.
“Although we’re 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.
“We certainly respected Bayern before this match and we’ve still got great respect for them. They’re a very good side. You don’t play any bad sides in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“We’ve learned a lot about Bayern and about ourselves tonight and we’ll take all that into the match at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
“The Bayern midfielders pressed the ball quite quickly and got numbers behind the ball. It was difficult in there, but you expect that when you go away from home in Europe.
“We knew Bayern would have a lot of possession and we’ll be looking to do the same next week. We’re confident against anyone at Old Trafford.
“We know what to expect from Bayern Munich and we’ll be ready for their challenge.”
United must score at least once at Old Trafford and probably without Wayne Rooney, who hobbled away from the Allianz Arena on crutches wearing a protective cast round a badly twisted ankle. The 34-goal striker will have an MRI scan today to determine the extend of the injury.