Sir Alex Ferguson vows to lead Manchester United towards Champions League glory
Sir Alex Ferguson promised to keep Manchester United safe and far from the embarrassment the English club faced in Champions League last season.
The legendary Manchester United manager failed to proceed from the group stages of Champions League last season. Manchester United’s embarrassing form in Europe continued as soon afterwards they crashed out from the Europa League.
Fate placed the three-time European Champions in an easy group once again. Manchester United will have to battle with Cluj, Galatasary and Braga in order to proceed to the quarterfinals of Champions League.
Lady Luck was not so pleasant with Manchester City however. They have been placed in the group of death once again. The teams in Group H include Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Real Madrid.
Last year, Manchester United was up against Basel, Benfica and Otelul Galati in the Group Stages. In spite of facing mediocre opponents Manchester United failed to qualify for the next round of Champions League.
Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Manchester United faced tough competition last year and will be up against it once again.
“Braga are one of the improving teams in that country,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “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.”
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick backed up Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments. The veteran midfielder said that the club was concentrating on winning the English Premier League, but Champions League glory always coerced them into performing wholeheartedly.
“We won’t be taking our eye off the ball at all, especially after what happened last season,” Michael Carrick said. “We know the work has to be done now and hopefully we’ve learned from last season and can have a much better campaign this time.”
“We let ourselves down as a squad. Our home form was very disappointing but our away form was good. We’ll be looking to put that right this time. We don’t want what happened last year to happen again.”
Wayne Rooney is expected to play a huge role in Manchester United’s performance in the Champions League. Manchester United’s chief executive David Gill reckons Wayne Rooney will be the man to fire the club for Champions League glory.
David Gill rubbished rumors about selling Wayne Rooney, who got injured in Manchester United’s second Premier League match of the season.
“That’s absolute garbage – he’s definitely not for sale,” David Gill said.
“He’s a great player, got a bad injury and will come back.”