Fergie demands Romanian response

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his players to bounce back in the Champions League against Otelul Galati.

The Red Devils blew a two-goal lead against FC Basel at Old Trafford last time out in the competition, salvaging a point late on in the 3-3 draw through Ashley Young's injury-time header.

Ferguson doesn't necessarily think the result was a negative for his side though, serving as a timely reminder that no match is easy in the competition and that points must be earned in every match.

That philosophy will need to be employed once again this week against their Romanian opponents, and the Red Devils chief is expecting his players to rise to the challenge.

"I think we got complacent after going 2-0 up so early on and didn't pay enough attention to defending. But we rescued it, which was important," said the United boss.

"Maybe it was the best thing that could happen as we got a wake-up call but still salvaged something. We need to win both games [against Galati] and hopefully we'll do that.

"And we'll hope for one of two things from the other teams - either they both draw or one wins both games. We don't want them to win a game each as the group would then be very tight."

Galati provided the Old Trafford outfit with a tricky scouting trip, with Ferguson admitting he knew little about the competition minnows after the draw was made.


However, the Scot has done plenty of homework ahead of tomorrow's clash, and fully expects his side to claim all three points ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby.

"I had no idea where they were from. I don't know if they've changed their name like a lot of European teams but I'd never heard of them," he continued.

"We know plenty now and know enough about them. We've got all the videos on them but the most important thing is I believe they've changed the pitch. It looks okay and is proper standard now.

"It's still in our hands and we're capable of winning the matches. We have to win these two games as we've only got two points while Benfica and Basel are on four.

"I will have one eye on City but the thing is we've got five days before the derby game so we'll be prepared for Sunday quite easily."

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