Ash or­ders an all-out as­sault to bash Swiss

BASEL v MANCH­ESTER UNITED Live on ITV1 – Kick-off 7.45pm

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ASH­LEY YOUNG in­sists Manch­ester United will go for the throat tonight – de­spite be­ing low on strik­ers.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side only need a point to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out phase.

Basel have to win to get out of the group.

But even though Wayne Rooney is Fergie’s only fully-fit front­man, Young is adamant United are go­ing to make the Swiss roll.

The Eng­land winger said: “It would be dan­ger­ous to think we only need a draw. No-one at this club has that men­tal­ity.

“We still have it in our hands to go there and qual­ify, which was the main tar­get, and we will be try­ing to win.”

Fergie is fac­ing a ma­jor dilemma over whether to rush Danny Wel­beck back from a mus­cle prob­lem.

He is light on for­wards af­ter Javier Her­nan­dez suf­fered an an­kle in­jury in the 1-0 win at As­ton Villa at the week­end.

Dim­i­tar Ber­ba­tov is strug­gling with an an­kle prob­lem, while Michael Owen is out un­til the new year with a thigh in­jury.

Af­ter many scratched their heads at Fergie go­ing into the sea­son with SEVEN strik­ers, that just leaves Fed­erico Macheda and Mame Bi­ram Diouf as back-up to Rooney.


Fergie could choose to use Young in a cen­tral role – and the Eng­land star main­tains he will hap­pily do a job be­hind Rooney af­ter declar­ing him­self con­tent with his fly­ing start to life at United.

Young added: “I don’t have a favourite po­si­tion. As long as I am in the team I am happy.

“The modern-day foot­baller has to be ver­sa­tile.

“They don’t come much big­ger than Manch­ester United. I have al­ways had con­fi­dence in my own abil­ity and the club had enough con­fi­dence to sign me.

“I know quite a few United play­ers through Eng­land, so I set­tled in straight away.”

Fergie has slammed talk that United have strug­gled in Europe de­spite draw­ing three of their five matches so far.

Their two wins came against Ro­ma­nian side Otelul Galati and they needed a last-minute lev­eller to earn a 3-3 draw against Basel at Old Traf­ford.

But United have lost just once in 24 Cham­pi­ons League away games and Fergie is sure his side can fin­ish the job.

He said: “Basel do need to win and they will need to try to beat us un­less they wait and wait and wait and hope that we make mis­takes, which goes back to our form away from home in the last few years.

“Our con­cen­tra­tion has al­ways been good which has helped us.”



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