Big draw doesn't worry Nani

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Manchester United winger Nani says the club have no problem facing big name opposition first-up in the knock-out phase of the UEFA Champions League.

United's third draw of the group stage against Benfica now means it's unlikely they will qualify as group winners and thereby could be drawn against the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

With the possibility of facing one of those sides very real, Nani says United won't shirk the challenge of taking on one of Europe's in-from sides.

"If we do finish second and get a big team that is no problem for us," he said. "If you have ambitions to get to the Champions League final you are always going to get a top side. We are still confident."

As well as their defensive frailties, United were left rueing a number of missed opportunities against their Portuguese opponents, but the 25-year-old says that can only be a good thing as the season continues.

"We are in a good moment," Nani added. "We have been playing good football and have to forget this [result] and think about the way we have been playing.

"The way we haven't conceded goals [recently] and won games is important. We'll try to do that in the next game against Newcastle.

"We have missed a couple of players. We are missing a couple of players every game, which is not good for any team, but we will be fine in the next games and the players will come back."

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