Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe there are any comparisons between the dismal 2005 Champions League campaign and the make-or-break situation Manchester United find themselves in on Wednesday night.
Six seasons ago, the Red Devils staggered through the group phase before being dumped out by Benfica thanks to a final-day defeat in Lisbon. United have been better than that this season, yet they still need to collect at least a point from their visit to Swiss champions Basle to ease their passage into the last 16, knowing Group C supremacy has virtually gone already.
"The side that played then was a very young team that suffered with a lot of injuries," Ferguson said. "That period was disappointing. But it is six years ago. Our record since then has been outstanding."
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