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On the 21st anniversary of his arrival at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson reiterated his belief that Manchester United “can go far” in this season’s Champions League.
United go into their fixture with Dynamo Kyiv knowing a fourth straight victory in Group F would guarantee a place in the last 16, yet Sir Alex, who has the solitary Champions League success on his CV, is looking further ahead.
“I really believe we are capable of going all the way,” he said. “At this moment in time I am very positive about that. I think this team can go far.”
Ferguson, who could recall Michael Carrick after his recovery from a broken arm, spoke of his desire to continue the European legacy of Sir Matt Busby, whose 24-year reign as United manager he could yet surpass.
“That’s the real link I have got with Sir Matt in terms of the years I have spent here – 21 years have been about achieving, about entertaining and about meeting the demands of the modern game,” he added.
By comparison, 39-year-old Dynamo caretaker coach, Oleh Luzhny is a novice at this level. The former Arsenal defender has experience of playing at Old Trafford.
“I remember playing here and I think Manchester United are one of the best teams in the world,” he said.
Beaten 4-2 by United in Kiev, they sit bottom of Group F without a point and will be eliminated if they pick up fewer points here than second-placed Roma manage against Sporting.
Luzhny is without Maksim Shatskikh and Valentin Belkevich, but could recall the fit-again Serhiy Rebrov and may give a Champions League debut to Oleh Dopilka.
“There will be some changes but I cannot talk about them right now because what can we change in two or three days? There is not enough time,” said Luzhny.