Fergie issues United warning
United are expected to qualify for the knockout stages of the
competition after being drawn alongside Braga, Galatasaray and CFR
Cluj in Group H.
However, the United boss is conscious that his side were
predicted to make round two last year after being given another
favourable draw against Benfica, Basel and Otelul Galati, however
we all know what happened there, and for that reason, he insists
his squad cannot afford any slip-ups this time around.
Ferguson, who has bolstered his squad since last season by
signing Robin van Persie, is also aware that his team will find it
extremely hard to come through the test of playing in a very
hostile environment in Turkey when facing Galatasaray.
“We have the experience of playing against Galatasaray in the
past and we will always remember the ‘Welcome to Hell’ banners,”
Ferguson told ManUtd.com.
“So it’s always a difficult type of match.
“We have drawn Portuguese clubs a number of times over the past
few years – the likes of Benfica, Sporting [Lisbon] and Porto – so
we have the experience of playing in Portugal on many
“Braga are one of the improving teams in that country.
“Obviously, we’ve never played Cluj before but, after the
experience of last year, we don’t want to make any stupid errors
this time. We will play our strongest team to make sure we get
While United have an appealing draw, their neighbours Manchester
City were handed a tough test.
City, who pipped the Red Devils to the Premier League title last
year, face Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund – all current
national champions – in Group D.
The draw also throws up an interesting sub-plot in the return of
Real boss Jose Mourinho and former Manchester United forward
Cristiano Ronaldo to the north-west.
Real Madrid director of football Emilio Butragueno says
Mourinho’s players will be excited about the prospect of playing in
“Playing in England is a great pleasure because the fans are
extremely passionate,” Butragueno told Sky Sports News.
“It’s a unique experience so I’m sure they will be excited about