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Fergie: Draw has been lucky

Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is thankful Manchester United have not been drawn in as difficult a Champions League group as Manchester City.

United start their quest for a fourth final appearance in five seasons on Wednesday with a trip to Benfica, and also face Basel and Otelul Gulati in Group C.

In contrast, derby foes City will be making their Champions League debut and have been drawn alongside Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Napoli.

Ferguson accepts United have been lucky with their draw and does not envy his City counterpart Roberto Mancini's task in the group phase.

"I think we've been very lucky in the draw because you can sometimes get a really difficult group - not just against good teams but involving travel too," said Ferguson.

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freeduck1914d ago

It's interesting how ManU have gotten easy groups for the past several CL seasons:

2011:
Manchester United
Benfica
Basel
Oțelul Galați

2010:
Manchester United
Valencia
Rangers
Bursaspor

2009:
Manchester United
CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg
Beşiktaş

2008:
Manchester United
Villarreal
Aalborg BK
Celtic

Luck :P

buddymagoo1914d ago

Is that what you have been doing since you have not been in Europe, lol. Get a life.

KingPin1914d ago

you underestimate these European clubs. they are not there just to make up the numbers for the champions league. they qualified for it the same way every other club does.

finishing high in the champions league does mean getting an "easier" group next season because of the way the groups are chosen.

before you call it luck, you might wanna go back to 2005. see that group and where man utd finished in that group. it really isnt as easy as it looks.

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