Veteran refusing to believe Bayern Munich will have the upper hand in Manchester.
The comeback against Olympiakos in the last round seemed to have given the Red Devils exactly what they needed - something to fight for. But the cruel draw has threatened to take it away quickly, and possibly in ego-flattening fashion.
One needn’t look any further than the thrashing Die Roten handed out to Barcelona in last campaign's semi-finals. The 7-0 aggregate scoreline against one of Europe’s best sides has plenty surrounding the United camp ducking for cover already.
And the shocking part is that the title-holders appear to have got even better under Pep Guardiola.
Ryan Giggs isn’t backing down from the challenge, however. The 40-year-old has been around the block once or twice, and says his men won’t head into Tuesday’s contest first leg at Old Trafford as the David to Bayern’s Goliath.
“Obviously Bayern are a fantastic team,” he said at United’s pre-match press conference. “”They’re the holders and Pep Guardiola’s taken over and added a few new players and they’re a strong team.
“They’re obviously the favourites in most people’s eyes but we’re Manchester United at Old Trafford and we’ve seen so many good nights there, in Europe especially.
“So as players we don’t see ourselves as underdogs, we see ourselves as Manchester United playing at home in the Champions League.”
The classic United - rather than this season’s less intimidating version - will be the one Giggs is hoping shows up on Tuesday.
David Moyes' list of dubious records set in defeat at Old Trafford doesn’t need to be trotted out again. It’s well-known the Theatre of Dreams has come under assault this term - even from less-fancied forces.
And Bayern fall into the top class category, of course. A positive result will certainly take some doing on United’s part - but they must believe to begin with to succeed, as Giggs has pointed out.
The return fixture at the Allianz Arena will be the most daunting task the Red Devils face all year. And they’ll need to bring with them a manageable scoreline to make sure there’s still something to fight for by then.