Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his Manchester United side to finish in top spot of their Champions League group so they have the assurance of playing at Old Trafford in the second leg of the first knockout stage.

The Red Devils face Portuguese outfit Benfica - placed second in Group C - at home tomorrow and Fergie hopes they can produce the result required to allow them top position.

"You hope to finish top," he said.

"One issue is the teams you might draw if you finish second, although with the quality of the teams, it doesn't make a great difference.

"The main advantage is knowing the second leg would be at Old Trafford."

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