Grafite ready for United
Wolfsburg striker Grafite admits his side are desperate to prove a point against Manchester United.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 08/12/09 3:28pm
Wolfsburg striker Grafite admits his side are desperate to prove a point against Manchester United on Tuesday night.
The Bundesliga champions take on the Premier League champions in the UEFA Champions League at the Volkswagen Arena with United triumphing 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the competition.
One point will be enough for the Red Devils to finish top of Group B although Wolfsburg could overtake them with a win, but the Germans could potentially miss out on second spot to Russian side CSKA Moscow.
Grafite, who returns to European action after a two-match suspension, is determined to help his team qualify for the knockout stages of the competition and believes Wolfsburg were unlucky to come away with nothing in their last game against United.
"I return to the Champions League after the punishment and I want to score a goal against United," he told skysports.com.
"We left Old Trafford with an unhappy face because we deserved at least one point.
"In this group we have deserved more points and the qualification for the following round. We are motivated by this and by the enormous importance for our club.
"For Wolfsburg to qualify from the first phase in our debut in this competition is an incredible success."
United have been hit by a number of injuries and are without 15 players for the game, Patrice Evra being the only recognised senior defender.
However, Grafite is playing down Sir Alex Ferguson's injury problems and says it will still be a massive test.
"They suffer some injuries but that is not too significant - Man Utd possesses a sensational squad and all players are dangerous and able to win in any venue," he added.
"Always United are a dangerous squad and I do not believe they arrived for a holiday in Germany. Wolfsburg need to play very well to get the victory.
"Their midfield and attack is sensational. With the substitutes they have Man Utd never offer a chance to their rivals."