Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/7/11
Six seasons ago, the Red Devils struggled in 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 Basel 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." Even though his resources are badly depleted through injuries to Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov and the suspension that rules out Michael Carrick, Ferguson clearly retains an immense amount of confidence in his players, dismissing the effect any additional pressure may have given the stark situation United are in. "People say we are not doing well but we are second in the league and we are at a stage where we could...
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