Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear that his Manchester United side will take the Europa League seriously and try take the crown back to Old Trafford in May.
The Reds were knocked out of the Champions League in December after a poor group stage campaign, dropping points against second rated teams like Besel with a strong Benfica topping group C. Fergie, himself, described the club’s entrance into the Europa as a ‘penalty’ for their complacency in Europe’s biggest competition.
However, the 70-year-old is determined to win the competition since it’s the only trophy that is missing from United’s cabinet.
“We have a responsibility to do better than we did earlier in the season, which was not expected, but happened and we have to accept that and get on with it,” said Ferguson.
“We have the opportunity to do better in the second half of the season.
“The Europa League – if you look at the teams that are in it – is a challenge. There are some very good teams in it and hopefully we will do well.”