Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his determination to avoid a repeat of last season’s disastrous Champions League campaign, where the Red Devils crashed out at the group stage of what had looked a relatively comfortable group containing Benfia, Basel and Otelul Galati.
However, according to Reuters,
“We’ve lost two finals to Barcelona and won two other finals in the last decade or so but we want to do better,” said Ferguson. “Certainly we’ll do better than last year – no question about that.” “The European Cup is incredible. There’s an atmosphere in the build-up to a European final and great charisma about it. Also, without question, it elevates your status within the game like the Real Madrids and AC Milans. We want to be up there in terms of the number of trophies won in European football.”
United open their Champions League campaign against Turkish champions Galatasaray at Old Trafford on Wednesday and will hope for a comfortable evening with a clash with red-hot rivals Liverpool to come at Anfield on Sunday. Braga and CFR Cluj are the other two teams contesting the group.
Ferguson could give Robin van Persie his European debut for the club having rested the Dutchman for Man Utd’s 4-0 victory over Wigan on Saturday, after he picked up a slight injury on international duty for the Netherlands.
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