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

occasions.

“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

through.”

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

England.

“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

it.”