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We won't make the same mistakes this time vows Fergie

GALATASARAY will feel the full force of a backlash which has been building steadily since last season, when Alex Ferguson and Manchester United suffered humiliation at the hands of Basel and Benfica.

Ferguson will choose old heads over young legs and send out his most experienced men to make sure complacency doesn't creep in against a team which dumped Manchester United out of the Champions League more than 20 years ago,

"Finishing off games has to be a driving force for us. I think we all agree we were careless in two of the games at home last season.

"The Basel game was the one where the criticism quite rightly lies," said a blunt Ferguson.

"In some years, the group stage has been straightforward and I've played a lot of young players.

"But the team will be more experienced tomorrow."

Ferguson is more than a little concerned about his defence and admitted that he hasn't had a settled back four in three years.

"I think the key is to keep the defenders fit. I'd gladly take that right now.

"But that's not been the case over the last few seasons. It's a key issue for us and we can't hide it. I just hope we get a bit of luck in that respect."


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