Man United v Inter Milan: Wayne Rooney wants side to take leaf out of Liverpool's book
11 March 2009 12:12
Manchester United v Inter MilanKick-off: Wed Mar 11, 7.45pm; Old Trafford, ManchesterTV: Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports HD2Radio: BBC Radio Five Live
With the Champions League last 16 tie finely balanced after a goalless first leg in Italy, Rooney knows United must bombard Inter straightaway to make sure they are not vulnerable to an away goal sucker-punch.
Liverpool proved the benefits of such a plan by overwhelming Real Madrid last night at Anfield and Rooney expects the world, European and Premier League champions to employ a similar strategy.
He said: 'After the first leg, we know we're capable of creating chances against them and at Old Trafford we'll play with more pace and really attack them.
'We were a bit disappointed with the result in the first leg. We had a few chances to win the game and should have taken them. I still think a draw was a good result, although we'd have preferred a score draw but we're still in a good position in the second leg.
'Inter will know that if they score that means we have to get two, so we'll have to concentrate at the back. We've been good at not conceding this season and then it's up to the forwards to take some chances at the other end.'
While Rooney is confident his side can progress, he is well aware of the dangers posed by Jose Mourinho's side. But while he admits it is too much to suggest United have no reason to worry, the England international was far from overawed by their reputation for being the epitome of continental sophistication.
He said: 'They're a good side, but I thought we were a lot better at passing the ball and creating chances. They were a bit more direct than us, which is fine because we're maybe used to that sort of play in the Premier League. We face a lot of teams who play like that.
'They're a physical side but we coped well in Milan and I'm sure we'll cope again at Old Trafford. We'll have watched a video of the first leg and identified a few weaknesses of theirs that we can exploit. So we'll set about trying to do that and unsettle them.'