United will be in Pot One, which in theory presents it with an easy passage into the knockout rounds. Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Celtic will also be in the upcoming draw (Friday morning AEST).
However, United was in a similar situation last season. Even Sir
It is not a fate Carrick expects to be suffering again.
"We let ourselves down as a squad last season," said Carrick. "We won't be taking our eye off the ball at all.
"We want to be in the latter stages and fighting for the trophy.
"But we know the work has to be done now. Hopefully we've learnt from last season and can have much better campaign."
Purely on geographical grounds, Sir
However, Juventus and cash-rich
It should help Ferguson ease United through, no matter who it gets, although Carrick believes the side's results at Old Trafford hold the key.
"Our home form was very disappointing last season," he said.
"You need your home form to be terrific to give you the base to progress.
"Over the years it's been good and we'll be looking to put that right this time because we don't want what happened last year to happen again."
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