United take on Wolfsburg today

 
Ryan GiggsUnited, aiming to reach a third consecutive Champions League final, have not lost at home in the competition since a 1-0 defeat by AC Milan in February 2005.

But Brazilian Grafite and Edin Dzeko of Bosnia-Herzegovina scored 54 goals between them last season to help Wolfsburg win the Bundesliga for the first time.

"We are looking forward to going there," Grafite told reporters. "We want to have a good match and bring back one or three points. That is our objective.

"This is a team that has grown together, has had difficulties together but is going through a marvellous period together. There is a brotherhood together on the pitch and in the dressing room," added the striker, who grabbed a hat-trick in Wolfsburg's opening group victory over CSKA Moscow.

United have won their last seven games in all competitions. Their last Premier League match at Old Trafford was against local rivals Manchester City which ended in a 4-3 victory although goalkeeper Ben Foster was at fault for City's opening goal.

Foster is likely to start the Wolfsburg match and has received the backing of defender Nemanja Vidic.

"I feel very comfortable with Ben in goal and I have great confidence in him," the Serbian told reporters. "The more games you play with the same keeper or the same defenders the more you learn how to play with each other."

Gomez rested

Bayern Munich have told restless striker Mario Gomez to keep quiet as they prepare for Wednesday's Champions League match against Juventus.

Gomez complained last week that he was being substituted too often -- and was promptly left out of the starting line-up altogether for Saturday's match with Bundesliga leaders Hamburg SV.  "I spoke with his agent a few days ago and told him that I advise Mario urgently to stop complaining," Bayern's general director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Bayern made an impressive start to their campaign in Group A, winning 3-0 at Maccabi Haifa two weeks ago.

But their domestic form has been indifferent and Saturday's 1-0 loss at Hamburg SV left them a modest seventh in the Bundesliga with 11 points from seven games.

Juventus, who drew 1-1 at home to Girondins Bordeaux in their Champions League opener, again lacked a killer instinct in Sunday's 1-1 Serie A draw with Bologna where the visitors equalised in stoppage time.

With centre back Fabio Cannavaro injured, the defence has looked shaky and Gianluigi Buffon has often had to show why he is regarded as one the world's best goalkeepers.
Despite the few difficulties, Ciro Ferrara's side are the only undefeated team in Serie A.
Brazilian playmaker Diego and forward Alessandro Del Piero made comebacks from injury against Bologna but former Werder Bremen man Diego looked off the pace and is unlikely to start on his return to Germany.

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