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Man Utd boss Ferguson admits AC Milan defeat still hurts

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits last season's Champions League semifinal defeat to AC Milan still haunts him.

"We want to do well this year in the Champions League," he told Inside United. "Losing to Milan last year really hurt us. We just didn't have the legs. We had a bad injury spell in March, which killed us.

"We'd lost Saha from December, then we lost Mikael Silvestre, Ji-Sung Park, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic. Three of those players didn't play again that season.

"Vidic came back against Milan. It was a gamble, one worth taking. Ronaldo was also carrying an ankle injury for that game. We were well short of being full-strength, whereas Milan had rested players and were primed for that game. We were unlucky. This year, if we stay fit we'll have a better chance."

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