Ferguson confident Man Utd players will lift for Basle showdown

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits they've given themselves a tough task of Champions League progress after their draw with Benfica.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits they've given themselves a tough task of Champions League progress after their draw with Benfica.

Ferguson admitted that with Benfica - whose qualification is now confirmed - leading the group and facing a home fixture against Romanian minnows Otelul Galati in the final round of games, United appear to be playing for second place, meaning a potentially tough draw in the next round if they do progress.

But Ferguson said: "It makes it a bit harder of course, but if you look at it in a different way - maybe the bigger game will suit us anyway.

"Hopefully we are in that situation, in second place - because I don't think Benfica will lose to Galati, I'm sure they will win that match.

"Then the opportunities are against (a team like) Inter, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

"You have to judge that in this way - if you played them in the semi-final or the final, you would be only be too delighted, knowing the possibility there is to win."

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