Michael Carrick is confident that Manchester United have learned from last year’s mistakes and will not crash out of the Champions League in the group stage again this year. Reported by the Daily
He said: “We let ourselves down as a squad last season. We won’t be taking our eye off the ball at all. We want to be in the latter stage and fighting for the trophy. But we know the work has to be done now. Hopefully we’ve learnt from last season and can have a much better campaign.”
Carrick has made these comments just before the group stages are drawn this afternoon. United find themselves in Pot 1 along with two of the other Premier League sides, Arsenal and the holders Chelsea – the current English champions, Manchester City, are in Pot 2.
There is the possibility for a number of so-called groups of death this season with the likes of Valencia and Schalke in Pot 2, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in Pot 3 and in Pot 4 Borussia Dortmund and Celtic.
The first games of the group stage are scheduled for the 18th and 19th September.
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