Ferguson won’t underestimate Galati

Sir Alex Ferguson suggests he will field a strong side for the next Champions League match versus GalatiManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has assured supporters he won’t underestimate Champions League minnows Otelul Galati when the two sides meet on Tuesday evening.

The Red Devils have had a stuttering start to their European campaign only managing to draw with Basel and Benfica in their opening two group fixtures.

Picking up all three points against Galati has now taken on a greater significance and Ferguson has admitted he will play a strong side to ensure victory is achieved in Romania.

The United boss said: “I think we have to win and I’ll play a strong team. I could play several teams and I’d consider them strong enough to win. This isn’t a tournament you can afford to be complacent in. Tomorrow’s game is very important for us.

“It’s difficult to say whether or not it’s a must-win game. I guess it depends on what happens in the other tie. The important thing is for us to win. That solves all the problems.

“We’ve watched Galati a few times and I watched the video of them against Benfica. There wasn’t much in the game and Galati were unlucky not to get a draw.”

Despite the Manchester derby coming up against rivals City on Sunday the 69-year-old Scot is confident his players will have enough time to sufficiently recover and reclaim top spot at Old Trafford.

“Tomorrow and then Sunday are two important games,” Ferguson said. “We have to progress in the Champions League but we have four or five days to recover for Sunday’s game against City.

“The timescales for recovery are perfect for us. Fitness-wise we shouldn’t have any problems. I don’t think the team I pick tomorrow will have much bearing on Sunday.”

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