Ahead of Wednesday’s crunch Champions League clash, Basel midfielder Scott Chipperfield speaks exclusively to ManUtd.com.
You were involved when United last went to St Jakob Park, in 2002/03. What do you remember about that game?
Well, I had a shot after about 60 seconds and we scored. It deflected off our striker, Christian Giminez, and then Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a couple of goals to kill us off. We played well in the first half and in the away game we drew 1-1.
There was another draw this season at Old Trafford, although you were leading 3-2 going into the 90th minute. What was the mood like in the dressing room afterwards?
Of course we were disappointed to have the victory snatched from us in the last minute but we were pretty pleased to come away from Old Trafford with a point. Not too many teams manage that. We were more upbeat than disappointed afterwards.
You won a lot of fans that night. You must have been proud of the performance...
Definitely. We were pleased with the way we came back from 2-0 down at half-time. Even at that point we felt we were a bit unlucky to be behind as we'd created a lot of good chances in the first half and could have had a couple of goals. In the dressing room at the break we were confident because we were happy with how we were playing. We just decided to go out there in the second half and give it our best shot. A win at Old Trafford probably would have been the biggest result in our history. We've had some good wins down the years, but that would have been really special.
What was playing at Old Trafford like?
It's exciting playing at Old Trafford. It's a great stadium and it actually motivates you more than intimidates you. I think most professional footballers thrive on challenges and want to play on the biggest stage, and that's what you get when you go to Old Trafford. Our young players have a lot of confidence and they loved going to play at Old Trafford.