After the 2009 and 2011 finale defeats, Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side can now recover and do one better this year, by going on to win the Champions League.
Ferguson’s side will get their 2011-12 Champions League campaign underway tonight when they travel to Lisbon to face Portuguese side Benfica.
The Scot has already tasted European glory, winning the tournament in 1999 and 2008, and after seeing his team start so well in this season’s Premier League, he is ready to win his third.
Commenting on the fixture, the United boss said: “My experience of Benfica tells me it’s a game we respect, they’ve a fantastic history and we know that coming here is always difficult.”
“It’s a very difficult tournament to win now, so that’s why I’m pleased with the progress of the team because consistency has been a real hallmark of our game in the last few years,” he added.
The Red Devils have scored 18 goals in their first four matches of the 2011-12 Premeir League, and Ferguson is hopeful of taking that form into Europe, noting: “I think the last three years we haven’t lost an away game, apart from the finals. Of course we want to improve, that’s the drive of every coach and player, to improve, and we hope we can.”