Man-U prepare for Champions League clash

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Manchester United prepared for the Champions League Goup F match against Benfica.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Manchester United took to their training field at Carrington on Tuesday for their final preparations ahead of the UEFA Champions League meeting with Benfica at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. United are looking for a win over the Portuguese that would see them gain revenge and secure a place in the first knockout stage of the competition. Although Benfica beat United last year and knocked them out, coach Sir Alex Ferguson says that his team is in much better form this season. "I think that the most things people have been impressed with this season is that the defence has been fantastic. I think if their concentration is good and they are on form, then we have a fantastic chance of going through. Obviously going for draws is not in the agenda of Manchester United and we will obviously be going for the win. They have the knowledge that they have to win the match, so maybe it will be an open match," said Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United coach. The English Premier League leaders have lost to Copenhagen and Celtic during the current European campaign, which has left only puts them two points ahead of third-placed Benfica. But still, Ferguson is confident that they have what it takes to win on Wednesday. "Well, I think we are playing better for a start there is no question about that the form of the team has been excellent this season and there is a growing sense of maturity and fantastic team spirit. I think given these things if you are going to the big game these are the qualities you want," said Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese will be aiming to serve up a repeat of last season's meeting, when they eliminated United at the same stage of the competition. United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo hopes that his side manage to go through this time around. "The pressure is still there. I am playing well, I have very good form and so has the team. The match is a decider and whoever wins goes through and I hope that I am part of the team that goes through," said Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United midfielder. Benfica will be keeping a close eye on Loius Saha, who scored the winning goal in the team's first meeting of the current Champions League season in September. Wayne Rooney will also be one to watch for the visitors, whereas Benfica's Simao will be the main dangerman for United to contend with. (AP)