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17/10/2011 08:44, Report by Adam Marshall
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Sir Alex sets target

Sir Alex Ferguson is demanding his side win both Champions League clashes against Otelul Galati in order to make up for the 3-3 draw against Basel.

The dropped points at home to the Swiss champions still irks the boss and he's wary of the group becoming tight and making qualification a difficult process. Back-to-back fixtures against the Romanians could put the Reds on course for the knockout stages and the manager is pleased the National Stadium pitch in Bucharest will be up to scratch for Tuesday's clash.

"I think we got complacent after going 2-0 up so early on and didn't pay enough attention to defending," Sir Alex recalled, when asked about the Basel game. "But we rescued it, which was important.

"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."

It is a case of entering the unknown for United but the boss has managed to do his homework on the Romanian newcomers.

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

"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. Howard Webb was referee for the France game there recently and reported it as not being suitable so they replaced it.

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