Man Utd boss Ferguson calls for sacrifice and concentration in hunt for the treble
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson claims his side is on the cusp of finding themselves fighting for a treble. The Scotsman asked his men to be ready for challenges as Manchester United is heading towards a “big year”.
The Old Trafford boss is expected to take one step closer towards earning another the Premier League title this Saturday. Manchester United is scheduled to Norwich City at Old Trafford, before heading off to their mid-week Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
Manchester United have all but won the Premier League title, which is why Sir Alex Ferguson is giving more attention towards winning the Champions League and the FA Cup. After a 1-1 draw at Santiago Bernabeu, Manchester United will play in the second leg of the Round of 16 battle against Real Madrid to determine qualification into the Champions League quarterfinals on March 5.
Soon after the Real Madrid clash, Manchester United will start preparation for the FA Cup, where they are scheduled to meet Chelsea. The Champions League winning side will play against Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 10.
A smooth rotation policy is essential to Sir Alex Ferguson’s safe passage through these games. Unfortunately for Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has been unable to determine a safe and sound transfer policy. As a matter of fact, Sir Alex Ferguson confessed he has had problems with squad rotation.
“The players sense it could be a big year for them. But at this club, in this situation, anything can happen on the run-in,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “Players can all of a sudden find themselves playing in a final or an important league game because that is the kind of squad I have.”
Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he had spoken to players who didn’t feature in the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. The long-term gaffer announced that the players were satisfied with their roles and understood that the main objective was Manchester United’s success.
“It is very difficult to rotate the squad at the moment,” Sir Alex Ferguson continued. “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. I said 'look, don't think for a minute losing a game for Manchester United is a trivial matter'. It is a serious matter.”