Man Utd boss Ferguson asks men to challenge for the treble
Sir Alex Ferguson has asked the backing of his whole squad in order to challenge for the treble this season. The Manchester United manager believes his side is capable of winning the FA Cup, Premier League and the Champions League.
With a comfortable 12-point cushion over archrivals and defending champions Manchester City, the Red Devils have all but won the Premier League. Their next big challenge is defeating Real Madrid at Old Trafford in four days’ time. Manchester United are also scheduled for tough game against Chelsea at Old Trafford in the quarterfinal stage of the FA Cup.
The Premier League seems to be in hand for Manchester United, but the same cannot be said about the Champions League. After embarrassing Barcelona at home, Real Madrid are prepared to visit Manchester United for the second leg of the round of 16 tie.
The Old Trafford boss has asked his men to buck up for the treble challenge. Sir Alex Ferguson, who won a treble in 1999, wants his men to stay concentrated on winning the treble and make the most out of every opportunity. The Scotsman believes mental strength and diligence is one of the keys to winning the treble.
“In 1999, I left Paul Scholes out of the quarter-final against Inter Milan yet he was the one who scored the goal that got us through. I left him out of the semi-final because I couldn't risk him and Roy Keane together as they were both on yellow cards. He accepted it graciously, came on, got booked and missed the final anyway. What did he do? He didn't let it affect him. He went on to become one of the greatest players this club has ever had,” said Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he is aware of the tough schedule ahead of Manchester United. The Scotsman also confessed he was facing squad rotation problems.
“It is very difficult to rotate the squad at the moment. They all wanted to play against Real Madrid and there were a lot of disappointed players. That was fantastic. It is a measure of their own confidence in themselves. But we had a chat and I said at this club, in this situation, anything can happen on the run-in. Players can all of a sudden find themselves playing in a final or an important league game,” Sir Alex Ferguson added.