Hernandez confident Man Utd will avoid past Champions League mistakes

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez believes the club have learnt from the mistakes made in last season’s Champions League and will avoid making them this time around, the Daily Mirror has reported.

United begin their Champions League campaign at Old Trafford against Galatasaray on Wednesday, keen to avoid the early end to last season’s effort when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side failed to get out of the group stages. They finished third in a pool also containing Basel of Switzerland, Portugal’s Benfica, and Romanian side Otelul Gulati, who finished bottom of the mini-league.

A 2-1 defeat in Basle in their final group fixture condemned United to the Europa League, and was also the match in which Nemanja Vidic suffered his season-ending knee injury. A draw would have seen United through to the next stage.

Hernandez – who missed the Swiss disappointment through injury – has joined a chorus of United players and staff, including Ferguson, in promising United will not suffer the same fate this year.

He said: “We know the history of this club. We know we have to aim for the top in every competition. We always look to the Champions League final and we try to win it. That’s the only thing in our mind. We want to prove we can win and not make the same mistakes as we did last season.

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