Young: United must keep focus
Ashley Young thinks Manchester United must not be overawed by Bayern Munich's formidable home record when they head to the Allianz Arena next week.
After enduring a dismal season under David Moyes, many expected Bayern to thrash United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, but the Germans had to come from behind to leave Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
United may have had a good season on the road domestically, but they have faced few teams with as strong a home record as Bayern.
Pep Guardiola's team won the Bundesliga a fortnight ago having dropped just two points at home during the entire campaign.
Indeed Bayern have not lost a league game at the Allianz Arena since October 2012 - but Young insists that should not bother United next week.
"We're aware of Bayern's great home record but it's important we concentrate on ourselves and not think about that too much," the midfielder told United Uncovered.
United can take comfort from the fact Manchester City defeated the European champions at the Allianz Arena earlier this season - although both teams had qualified from the group stage by kick-off.
The fact that United have to chase the game - as was the case in the second leg against Olympiakos - should also benefit Moyes and his players.
The Red Devils may have had just 22 per cent possession in the first leg, but they still fashioned plenty of chances.
United need to score to progress, but Young thinks he and his team-mates must be patient in the second leg.
"We can take a lot of confidence from the first leg against Bayern; we know we can create chances and while we have to go there and score, we won't go crazy straight away because there are 90 minutes to play," said the England winger, who was a second-half substitute in the first leg.
"We have to make sure we take our chances and hopefully we can defend exactly as we did in the first leg. If we can build on what we showed on Tuesday night then I think we can get the right result."
The main talking point heading into Wednesday's game will be the fitness of Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has started to produce some of the best form of late, but Moyes revealed on Friday that he is a doubt for the second leg because of a toe injury.
The Scot hailed Rooney's impact after the first leg and he believes the vibrant atmosphere inside Old Trafford also influenced the result.
"The atmosphere was as good as anywhere I have been and that played its part," the United boss said. "When I saw Pep Guardiola after the game he said to me: 'David, is it always like this at Old Trafford?'
"He was taken aback by the atmosphere. He said it was unbelievable. He thought the crowd were fantastic and he is someone who has been involved in a lot of big games over the years."