Marouane Fellaini admits Manchester United face a “massive game” against Wolfsburg on Tuesday but believes his side have already shown the strength of character necessary to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage.
United travel to the Volkswagen Arena in their final Group B fixture knowing that only a victory will guarantee them a place in the round of 16, with the 0-0 draw at home to PSV in their previous fixture having left them on the brink of an early exit.
Fellaini admits it is a huge fixture for his side, and one which will require 100 per cent focus.
“In the Premier League every game is different, every three points is important because at the end of the season you can win the league. But against Wolfsburg it’s a massive game because it’s qualification for the next round,”
The Belgium international insists that the Red Devils have what it takes to advance, with the come-from-behind 2-1 home win against Wolfsburg in their Old Trafford meeting in September proving a notable example of their fighting qualities.
“We have the mentality and the character to come back, the spirit, which I think is the most important,” he added. “So we will see, but I think it will be a massive game. We have [already] played against them. But we know it will be a different game because they are playing at home.”
The 28-year-old made only his second Premier League start of the season on Saturday in the 0-0 draw with West Ham, but he insists that his experience at Manchester United remains a positive one and cites the Champions League as a huge part of that.
“Of course. It is a big competition playing against great teams, against great players. The rhythm of the game is different to the Premier League, playing more tactically as well. It is a good experience, of course.”
United need to win in Wolfsburg to ensure progression to the knockout phase, but would go through regardless by matching PSV’s result against CSKA Moscow.