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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 23:15 GMT
Ferguson eyes top spot in group
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson was delighted with Man Utd's progress to knockout stage
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson set his sights on topping their Champions League group after reaching the knockout stage.

He said after the 4-0 win against Dynamo Kiev: "If we beat Sporting Lisbon, we win the group and we want to try to make sure that happens.

"When a side is in the position we were and meet a team who are as defensive as that, it can become tedious.

"Kiev came with the intention not to get too embarrassed."

Neville will be back after Blackburn

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

The visitors sat back, but United's array of attacking talent ensured they ran out comfortable winners.

Ferguson said he believed his current team was "good enough" to go all the way in the Champions League this season.

And he believes their failure at the semi-final stage last season was caused by fatigue.

With that in mind, he took the opportunity to rest several members of his first-team, but insisted their absence was purely precautionary.


He said: "The plan with Owen Hargreaves was always to give him a rest after the Arsenal game.

"Rio Ferdinand has played every game this season and it was a good opportunity to give Ryan Giggs a break as well."

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was withdrawn after complaining of pain in a toe injury at half-time, although the veteran Dutchman should be fit for Sunday's clash with Blackburn.

And he calmed fears that captain Gary Neville had suffered a recurrence of a calf injury in training at the weekend.

He said: "Gary will be OK next week. He felt a bit of a strain in his calf, so panic immediately sets in with everybody because he has had such a hard time.

"But the projection is that it is more precautionary than treatment requiring, so he will be back in the game after Blackburn."

Dynamo coach Oleg Luzhny had no excuses for his side's beating and he faces a major test to ensure they do not end their entire campaign without picking up a point.

He said: "We had no discipline and no organisation. We have too many older players in our squad at present and obviously, we need to do better."

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