FOOTBALL NEWS

30/03/2010 21:30, Report by M Nichols/N Coppack

Fletch still confident

Darren Fletcher was disappointed United surrendered a lead to lose to Bayern Munich, but insists the English champions can turn the tie around at home.

Franck Ribery’s free kick and Ivica Olic’s late strike cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s second minute opener, but with an away goal under the Reds' belt, Fletcher feels the team can go on to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

“It's not insurmountable,” said Fletcher. “Although we’re disappointed to have lost two late goals, 2-1 isn’t the worst result in the world. We now know what we have to do at home.

“We certainly respected Bayern before this match and we’ve still got great respect for them. They’re a very good side. You don’t play any bad sides in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. We’ve learned a lot about Bayern and about ourselves tonight and we’ll take all that into the match at Old Trafford next Wednesday.”

The Scot knew Bayern would present a tough challenge so was not surprised by the German club's performance.

“The Bayern midfielders pressed the ball quite quickly and got numbers behind the ball. It was difficult in there but you expect that when you go away from home in Europe. We knew Bayern would have a lot of possession and we’ll be looking to do the same next week. We’re confident against anyone at Old Trafford.

"We know what to expect from Bayern Munich and we’ll be ready for their challenge.”

Darren Fletcher was speaking to ManUtd.com's Nick Coppack in Munich.

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