Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to facing Champions League newcomers Wolfsburg, whom he sees as the Reds’ main rivals in Group B after their opening-day win over CSKA Moscow.
The United boss believes it was an amazing achievement for the Wolves to win the Bundesliga last season, and has pinpointed strikers Grafite and Edin Dzeko as the biggest threat to his side on Wednesday.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ferguson said: “I think they are the key threat in the group. They won their first match so those three points give them a good start.
“We won our first game away from home [at Besiktas], which was a real bonus to us. So I think they are our main dangers to qualifying.
“When you look at the history of German football, it’s unusual for a team of Wolfsburg’s background to win the Bundesliga. The number of goals they score is quite amazing. Their two strikers scored 71 goals between them last season, which is an incredible total.
“They do score goals but they also lose them. In their game on Saturday [against Hannover], I think it was 4-2, so they do have very interesting matches. We’re looking forward to the game.”
Because of the free-flowing nature of the two teams, Ferguson anticipates an open game full of attacking football. However, he is confident that United's impressive home record – the Reds are unbeaten at OT in Europe since February 2005 – will remain intact.
“I always go on the belief that if your home record is good it gives you a good chance of qualifying for the next stage of the Champions League, and over the years our home record has been pretty good," Sir Alex continued.
“It says a lot for Wolfsburg’s ambition and progress that they won the league last year, and they did it in a very positive way, in terms of goalscoring. They beat Bayern Munich 5-1 towards the end of the season, and they won their final game 5-1 – that’s emphatic.
"It wasn’t a matter of winning the league by the odd goal. They went out to prove that their way of playing was the right way.
“I think it’s positive the way they play and we admire that. It reflects our beliefs in the game, too, so it may be a very open game.”