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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded he got it wrong in Europe this season.

Instead of coasting through the group stages of the Champions League as usual, United ended up in a do-or-die confrontation with Basel in December which they were unable to conquer.

So, for the first time since 1995, on Thursday night they will take part in a European competition other than the Champions League when they make their Europa League bow against Ajax in Amsterdam.

There are any number of reasons why it has come to this, most obviously an inability to beat Benfica or Basel in any of the four games United faced them in.

However, Ferguson also concedes his normal selection policy proved to be a handicap as well.

“Depending on our previous form in the group stages to make changes was working fine for us because our home record was always so good,” he said.

“But we threw it away in our home game against Basel and were unlucky against Benfica.

“That caught us short and we suffered for it.

“Now players are coming back I am sure we can combine the Premier League and Europa League so I would certainly try to play my strongest team in each round now.”

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