Ferguson sets treble as Manchester Unitedís target this season
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side has the potential of claiming a treble this season. The Old Trafford boss insists his side has the energy and skill to contend for the three major titles.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur today, but still hold a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. They are sailing smoothly in the FA Cup as well and tipped as winners against Real Madrid in their Champions League clash next month.
Truth be told, Manchester United actually have the heroism to level with their superb treble in the 1998-99 season when the won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
“The way to look at it is that we've got great games coming up,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “It will be really exciting going to Madrid and having them here. There's the FA Cup tie at home to Fulham. It's a brilliant period for the club. This is exactly the situation you want to be in, involved in everything. FA Cup, league, European Cup. Absolutely brilliant.
“And we've got the squad to do it. If you go back to the year we won the treble we got a replay against Chelsea and won there 2-0. We got a replay against Arsenal. The FA Cup's the FA Cup. You expect the unexpected, but you also want to win it because it’s a great competition.”
The talent pool at Manchester United is impressive, yet more impressive is the depth in their squad. Sir Alex Ferguson often heaps praise upon his players which allow him to make regular changes to his squad. With the long list of games Manchester United have been forced to play in quick succession, squad depth has proven to be major reason behind the club’s success.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s rotation policy has caused a lot of friction at Manchester United over the years. Even players and fans at the club have questioned Sir Alex Ferguson’s calls.
“If you are in the title race and in Europe you can't play the same players all the time,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “Players accept that now. I'm not saying they enjoy it, but they can handle it as long as you do it in the right way. You have to speak to them.
“The days of just putting a team-sheet up on the noticeboard are gone, they are here anyway. You have to explain what you are thinking, that it is not a reflection on performance and that they will still be needed at some point in the future. I don't think you can do it any other way.”