The 19-time English champions will begin their European campaign with a home tie against Galatasaray – the Red Devils are winless in two visits to the Turkish outfit in the Champions League – followed by a long journey to Romanian side Cluj.
United then welcome Braga in their third Group E game before Ferguson’s side travel to Estadio Municipal for the reverse fixture,
Ferguson saw his side make a premature exit at the group stage last season following a 3-1 defeat by Basel in their final game, with the Red Devils punished for failing to beat Benfica and the Swiss outfit both home and away.
“We have the experience of playing against Galatasaray in the past and we will always remember the ‘Welcome to Hell’ banners,” he told United’s website. “So it’s always a difficult type of match.
“We have drawn Portuguese clubs a number of times over the past few years – the likes of Benfica, Sporting [Lisbon] and Porto – so we have the experience of playing in Portugal on many occasions. Braga are one of the improving teams in that country.
“Obviously, we’ve never played Cluj before but, after the experience of last year, we don’t want to make any stupid errors this time. We will play our strongest team to make sure we get through.”
United have won Europe’s premier club competition three times, most recently beating Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008.
Manchester United’s Champions League group-stage fixtures: Sept 19 Galatasaray (h); Oct 2 Cluj (a); Oct 23 Braga (h); Nov 7 Braga (a); Nov 20 Galatasaray (a); Dec 5 Cluj (h).
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