Date: 26th August 2011 at 12:37pm
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With the draw for the group stages now done and dusted, the consensus of opinion is that Manchester United haven`t done too badly.

Off course a professional approach will have to be adopted but, on paper, we should reach the knockout stages quite comfortably.

Discussing the draw, which took place in Monaco ahead of the European Super Cup clash between Barcelona and Porto tonight, Sir Alex Ferguson had this to say,

“It`s an interesting draw with no real travel difficulties. We`r elooking forward to the games.”

“Obviously we`ve played against Benfica in the past – and they are always great games.”

“Basel are a Swiss team who are doing really well. Swiss teams tend to bring lots of young players through their system which is great. We played them before, in the 2002-2003 group stage.”

“We don`t really know much about Otelul Galati but that`s the beauty of the Champions League. You get fresh teams to play against.”

“They obviously deserve to be in the competition. It`s great for them.”

Other comments were forthcoming from the playing staff with Wayne Rooney commenting to the media,

“I think the draw is a good draw for us. I can`t wait for the Champions League to start again.”

And Rio Ferdinand adding,

“It`s a decent draw. Benfica is a tough place to go from past experience – there`s great history between our clubs. Basel and Galati here we come.”

Perhaps the most prudent point though, made by Sir Alex, relates to the away trips not being energy drainers, an added bonus we reckon!

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