Sir Alex Ferguson says that Manchester United are treating their midweek Champions League clash with Otelul Galati as a must-win encounter.
The Red Devils shaded the Romanian club in the reverse fixture 2-0 a fortnight ago thanks to two Wayne Rooney penalties, but Ferguson is not taking Wednesday’s clash at Old Trafford lightly.
“We have to win on Wednesday, without doubt,” Ferguson told United’s official website.
“We’re at home and I expect us to win and, if we do that, (qualification) is in our hands when we play Benfica at home.”
“We’ll hopefully win our game and, when we play Benfica at home, it’ll be the decider in our section.”
United sit in second place in the Group C standings, two points behind leaders Benfica who play Basel in the other fixture.
And Ferguson is not content with merely qualifying for the knockout stages, underlining the importance of winning the group to avoid some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the next round.
“It’s always better to finish first than second,” Ferguson said.
“After getting the first result against Galati and then playing them again at home, we’ll hopefully go into the Benfica game with eight points. That will be an important match.”