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Manchester United's history of needing a result in the final Champions League group game

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Manchester United travel to Wolfsburg on Wednesday night knowing a win will guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Red Devils currently sit second in Group B with third place PSV Eindhoven playing host to bottom side CSKA Moscow.

Bettering PSV's result will be enough, but defeat at the Volkswagen Arena could mean disaster for Louis van Gaal and his men.

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Having struggled to score goals in recent weeks, the pressure is on the Manchester giants to make sure they don't slip up in Germany.

With that in mind, GiveMeSport takes a look back at five occasions where the Old Trafford giants needed a result in the final round of group games.

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1994-95 

United went into the final day needing a win against Galatasaray, but qualification was out of their hands having picked up a miserly five points from five games.

A 4-0 hammering at the hands of Barcelona and a 3-1 loss to surprise group leaders IFK Gothenburg left the Red Devils third in Group A.

Despite dismantling Galatasaray 4-0 at Old Trafford - a game that saw David Beckham's first goal for the club - United crashed out as Gothenburg were unable to overcome Barcelona at the Camp Nou - the game ended 1-1.

1996-97

Manchester United, once again, found themselves third in the group after a poor run of results.

Six points from five games left the Red Devils behind leaders Juventus and Fenerbahce. The top two faced off in Turin with bottom side Rapid Wein playing host to Ferguson and his charges.

Juventus beat Fenerbahce 2-0 and goals from Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona helped United reach the knockout stages. They would go on to lose 2-0 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund - the eventual winners - in the semi-final.

2000-01

Back in the days of two group stages, United came close to falling at the first hurdle. 

The Red Devils were third behind PSV Eindhoven and Anderlecht in Group G having failed to win a single away match. United had picked up seven points as they welcomed Dynamo Kiev to Old Trafford for the final round of games.

An early goal from Teddy Sheringham gave the Manchester giants a 1-0 win and PSV lost at home to their Belgian opponents to send United through in second place. They lost to Bayern Munich in the semi-final.

2005-06

Three 0-0 draws, including two at Old Trafford, had left Manchester United on six points going into their final game.

Ferguson and his men travelled to Benfica knowing a win would guarantee their place in the round of 16.

An early goal from Paul Scholes put the Red Devils ahead at the Estadio da Luz, but strikes from Geovanni and Beto meant United finished bottom of their group. The first time they had failed to reach the knockout stages since 1993-94.

2011-12 

An inability to beat Benfica and Basel at Old Trafford had left the Red Devils needing a point in Switzerland to guarantee their place in the round of 16.

Sitting top on goal difference, United had been anything but convincing with their only two wins coming against FC Otelul Galati.

Having scraped a 3-3 draw at home to Basel - courtesy of an Ashley Young strike - the warning signs were there for Manchester United heading to St. Jakob-Park.

An early goal from Marco Streller and an 84th minute strike from Alexander Frei put the Swiss outfit out of sight. A late effort from Phil Jones gave the Red Devils hope, but they couldn't get the equaliser and fell into the Europa League, where they lost to Athletic Bilbao in the final 16.

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