Thursday 27 October 2016

'We will hunt them like pack of wolves'

Andre Schurrle
Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle has warned Manchester United they will be hunted down by a pack of aggressive wolves tonight.

Wolfsburg can create their own history and write a sorry chapter in United's at the Volkswagen Arena.

United must win to guarantee their passage to the last 16 of the Champions League while Wolfsburg, nicknamed Die Wolfe (The Wolves), will progress to the knockout stages for the first time if they overcome the three-time European champions.

Six years ago, Alex Ferguson brought United here to Lower Saxony and beat the hosts 3-1 to finish top of their group, but as Schurrle admitted, the Red Devils are a different type of team under Louis van Gaal.

Schurrle believes United will try to "calm the game down" rather than blitz the hosts, and the former Chelsea forward is hoping Wolfsburg can draw blood early on to help them on their way to victory.

"It's always important to get the first goal. If we can get it, then psychologically it will be good for us because we'll get a little bit more space," Schurrle said.

"It's going to be difficult to get the ball so we have to be very aggressive.

"This is a great game, we are going to give everything we can, really go for it.

"Our real ambition is to get through to the knockout stages."

United had already qualified for the knockout stages by the time they arrived at Wolfsburg in 2009, but despite fielding an under-strength side that included Darron Gibson and Tomasz Kuszczak, they came away with a comfortable win thanks to Michael Owen's hat-trick.

United could desperately do with such a deadly finisher in their ranks tonight.

Schurrle was never on the losing side against United during his time at Chelsea and he admits there has been a changing of the guard at Old Trafford.

"I think it's quite different," said the German World Cup winner, who joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea for £22 million in February.

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