No Ribery fear for Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant that Manchester United are not overly concerned about Franck Ribery.
Last Updated: 06/04/10 5:26pm
Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant that Manchester United are not overly concerned by the threat of Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery.
The two sides are preparing for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford with Bayern holding a 2-1 aggregate advantage.
Ribery was an influential figure in his team's first-leg victory in Germany as he battled with United's Gary Neville.
But Ferguson insists his side are not loosing sleep over the France international, who they have long been linked with, as they bid to overturn Bayern's lead.
"Franck Ribery is a very talented player and we recognise that," said the United boss. "But we have played against a lot of great players over the years.
"In the last round we had to face up to Ronaldinho. He is a very talented player and similar to Ribery in many ways with his ability to take the ball and the fact he is not afraid to take it no matter where the ball is and no matter the opponent.
"We cannot worry too much about Ribery's threat. You have to play against the top players in the world because that is what the European Cup is.
"That is why the tournament is so exciting. We have been in the Champions League for 17 years and that experience helps you."
Ferguson hopes that home advantage will prove decisive for United on Wednesday.
"Old Trafford has got that suction that brings the ball towards the goal when we are really in full flow and the crowd are really up for it," he said.
"It is an amazing feeling and there are too many instances to mention, but if you look at these moments when we decide games in the last 15 minutes, it is not always entirely down to the players. It is the fans who make it happen."