Norwich have nothing to lose at United - Lambert
Published 21:30 30/09/11 By MirrorFootball
Norwich manager Paul Lambert will take his team to Manchester United this weekend expecting to win - which is just what he did the last time he went to Old Trafford.
The Scot was a key figure in midfield for the Borussia Dortmund side that shocked United with a 1-0 away victory in the Champions League in 1997, before going on to beat Juventus in the final.
Now, Lambert is looking forward to repeating that result with a flock of Canaries on a massive high after successive Premier League wins over Bolton and Sunderland.
"It was a long time ago, but I still remember it," he said. "We had already won 1-0 in the first leg in Dortmund and then we went to Old Trafford and got an early goal that left them needing three to beat us.
"We went into the game with a few injuries and were real underdogs, just as we are now. United had a lot of chances but we defended really well and managed to get through.
"But that was a brilliant Dortmund team, with some world class players and a fantastic inner belief and this will obviously be a completely different ball game.
"It was great to win there as a player and that result shows that United can be beaten at home. But even then you had to be very good to beat United and that is still the case.
"I can understand why a lot of teams are beaten before they go there, but I will have my own way of dealing with that when I speak to the lads before the game. Better teams than us have been turned over there but we will give it a go.
"We won't be underestimating the size of the challenge, but any Premier League side can beat any other on the day and I will be stressing that to the players.
"We have nothing to lose and we will definitely be going there with the belief that we can win.
"We will have a gameplan to try to hurt them but that can be blown out of the water in a few minutes, so we can't go there and be gung-ho, we have to use our brains.
"Old Trafford is a great place to play but only if you give them a game. It's not so great if you go there and get hammered by six or seven goals."