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Man United under pressure to perform in Basel

Updated: December 06, 2011, 06:43


Manchester United's Wayne Rooney dribbles past Aston Villa's players during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park ground in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.Manchester United won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BASEL, Switzerland(AP) Manchester United is under rare pressure to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League when it faces surprise FC Basel on Wednesday.

The English champions need at least a draw at St. Jakob Park to avoid its second group-stage elimination in the past 16 years.

A victory for Basel would see it progress to the last 16 with Benfica. The Portuguese club leads the group and is favored to win it when completing its program at home to Romanian club Otelul Galati.

Against Basel, Man United manager Alex Ferguson says "the only advantage is they do need to win and they have to try to beat us.''

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