Ash orders an all-out assault to bash Swiss
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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.”