Sir Alex Ferguson believes Man Utd can overshadow the 1999 treble
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United can march to a treble this season. Manchester United has all but lifted the Premier League trophy, entered the sixth round of the FA Cup and are favorites to reach the Champions League final.
The legendary Old Trafford boss believes his side should brace themselves for a party similar to 1999, when Manchester United won the treble in similar fashion. Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson has told his team that he expects the club to challenge for a treble this season.
The 71-year-old Scotsman insists his side is taking the FA Cup and the Champions League very seriously. After last season’s embarrassing collection of silverware, which included a lonely Community Shield, an embarrassing exit from the Champions League and narrow defeat in the Premier League race, Sir Alex Ferguson wants to take no chances this season.
Manchester United currently possesses a 12-point lead on top of the Premier League table. The Red Devils defeated Reading 2-1 in the fifth round of the FA Cup last night and have an edge over Real Madrid because of a 1-1 draw at Santiago Bernabeu before the Old Trafford clash.
Sir Alex Ferguson recently compared his squad and Manchester United’s potential achievements this season to the squad and success the club reached in 1999. It might be a bit over the top, but Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to bet his current squad is better than the one he had during the 1998-99 season.
“The manager has stressed that he expects to go to the end in all three competitions,” Chris Smalling said. “The FA Cup is notoriously unpredictable. Luton reached the fifth round this year, which shows that anything can happen, so there is no point looking too far ahead. But our home form has been good, and another victory can give us the impetus to kick on and get to another final.”
The last two occasions Manchester United entered the FA Cup final are marred with disappointment. In 2007, Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. were defeated in extra-time by Chelsea; and in 2005, they lost on penalties to Arsenal. The last time Manchester United won the FA Cup was against the Championship side Millwall in 2004.
“I was quite shocked at how long it has been since United won the FA Cup,” Chris Smalling continued. “It is a massive competition and one we all look forward to.
“Before we played West Ham in the third round, the manager stressed how much we wanted to win this tournament. There are quite a lot of lads who haven't won it despite being here for quite a while.”