Ferguson believes Man Utd can grab a treble this year
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims his current team is stronger than it was when he grabbed the treble in 1999. Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. possess a 12-point lead over second-placed defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League and are hot favorites to win the Champions League.
With an away goal in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid’s home in the Champions League, Manchester United are favorites to proceed to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. The FA Cup also appears to be a prospective success story for Manchester United. The Red Devils are set to battle against Reading in the Fifth Round on Monday night.
The Old Trafford boss believes his side is capable of achieving what they accomplished 14 years ago, when they won the Premiership, the FA Cup and the Champions League.
“We have a stronger squad now,” Sir Alex Ferguson said in his press conference. “When we went to the (Champions League) final, Keane and Scholes were suspended but Henning Berg was the only injury.
“I still had to pull in a player (Jonathan Greening) who had only played once or twice in the first-team. He got a medal for being on the bench. That gives you an idea of the strength of the squad.”
Manchester United were last beaten at home in the Champions League by the Romanian champions CFR Cluj in December last year. Since then Manchester United have gone on to record a 15-match undefeated streak.
“It is nice to look back on these things and think how it was done at that particular time,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “But the reality is that we should not get carried away, particularly in the FA Cup when anything can happen. You don't want to be a shock.
“In many people's eyes Monday would be, 'yes, it's Reading, we have just been to Madrid, it was a great night, Monday will take care of itself'. Monday can't take care of itself. We have to take care of that.
“We must get a performance off the players that respects our opponents and also the fact the FA Cup can produce shocks.”