Michael Carrick has urged his Manchester United team-mates to ignore their first-leg result as they attempt to wrap up a UEFA Champions League semi-final win over Schalke 04 tomorrow.
Carrick said United could not afford to believe the tie was over despite winning the first leg 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen last week. "It does come into your mind the fact you are two goals up," Carrick told a press conference. "But it is dangerous to go into a game relying on those two goals to get you through. Our approach as always when we play at home is to win the game."
Carrick also said United were wary of a Schalke side which scored a stunning 5-2 away victory over Inter Milan in the quarter-finals. "Clearly, Schalke scoring five goals at Inter stands out and is something you have to take into account," the midfielder said.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson meanwhile said he expected Schalke to go for broke after their timid first-leg display, when the Bundesliga side were comprehensively outplayed by United. He added that Schalke counterpart Ralf Rangnick would attack United from the outset in order to turn around the tie.
"I think Schalke have nothing to lose. That's the message he will impart into his team. I'm sure of that," Ferguson said. "I think they'll have a go. They'll try to win the match. There's nothing else they can do. For any coach in a semi-final he must try and give his team that chance to win the match, and I think you'll find they'll have a real go."