Darren Fletcher says possession is king when playing sides from Spain, and so he has warned against giving the ball away cheaply against Valencia - a side he says United will not underestimate.
The 26-year-old midfielder made his debut in this competition against FC Basel in March 2003 and, like many of his team-mates, has built a wealth of experience in this competition, notching over 50 Champions League appearances.
"We’ve all picked up experience of playing in Europe and that brings confidence," he told ManUtd.com. "You take into consideration things like travel and the difference in the styles of play. Possession of the ball is important; if you give the ball away cheaply to Spanish sides then they will punish you, or at the least you won’t see it again for a few minutes because they’re so good in possession.
"It’s important that we’re solid and show we’re hard to beat. We need to keep the ball, keep it away from the home side, keep the home fans quiet and hit them on the counter-attack. Once we get a chance to break, we must do it quickly, get men forward and try to make the break count."
Hushing the fervent home support is a classic European tactic; all the more important at Valencia's imposing Mestalla Stadium. "You can hear it on the