UK time is: 09:37:57
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Surprise: Europe Still Comes First For Fergie

For many United fans, Moscow was a long overdue reward after plenty of European disappointment over the years. And for many that thrilling night in the Russian capital also represented a peak, a catharsis which would fill us with pure joy for a few seasons.

Not for Sir Alex though who insists that Europe is still his priority even though I firmly believe that most fans would choose the Premiership over the European Cup this season as we have a great chance to equal Liverpool's haul of 18 league titles.

'There is an opportunity to draw level with Liverpool, but that is not my priority,' Ferguson said.

'You look at our record in Europe and it should have been better.

'Nobody has successfully defended the Champions League. That is a great challenge to us. Hopefully, we can do it again.'


Well, retaining the trophy we won in Moscow would make United possibly the greatest side since the introduction of the Champions League format. But I believe it is close to impossible.

Fergie added that though Inter are obviously a very strong team he rates Barcelona as the most dangerous side in Europe - no surprises there really.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 12 2009

Time: 9:36PM

Your Comments

At the moment, I can't really see us going all the way in Europe. However, if we get past Inter, and get a good draw in the next round, I can. Strange but it's just I need some proof from good performances to be convinced whether we're able to go all the way
Man utd champions
(and I don't mean good performances in the league, because defence and results wise they've been fantastic. But our Champions League form wasn't amazing, and the goals haven't flowed as they normally do)
Man utd champions
Rooney and Evra coming back should make a big difference to our attacking threat though :)
Man utd champions
We haven't been at our best in the Champions League last season as well, you can't deny that. I actually think the best performance was Barcelona at home: ABUs will tell you they dominated, sensible people know that they had more possession but we defended superbly and created significantly more chances. If we get to the final on the back of similar performances this season I won't complain :-)
Zae
anything can happen if we get past inter,barca the favourites right now.
abmutd
Guardiola conceded that Barca look a bit tired which wouldn't be surprising: they've been just way too good so far. That could be their downfall in the end, we remember many sides who were brilliant in the first part of the season then fell apart in the second (remember the praise Arsenal were getting in the first half of the 2002/03 campaign? They were deemed unstoppable)
Zae
I'll take Europe IF Liverpool don't win the prem! We have to end their annoying '18' chants!
ForeverUnited
Will still have to contend with our '5 times' one though..
KB1
I can see United winning the FA and the Carling Cup, and (i hope this doesn't come back to haunt me) I think, as long as we win tonight, the Prem (barring some spectacular form from someone else) is more or less ours to lose. However, the Champions League... I'm sorry, I just can't see this one. If we get to the semis, maybe, at the moment, I just don't see us going all the way again. We had our moment last year. BUT if we win the league, and the two cups, that would be an incredible achievement
Man utd champions
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Shaw Can Do Better! (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Fellaini on That Goal! (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Phelan in Running for Birmingham Job! (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Missed the Boat? (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Nani Staying in Lisbon! (Tuesday October 21 2014)

United`s Title Hopes? (Tuesday October 21 2014)

West Brom 2 United 2 (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Stats: West Brom v United (Tuesday October 21 2014)

West Brom v United - Team Sheets (Monday October 20 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
WBA 2 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Everton
Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham
Leicester City 5 - 3 Man Utd
Man Utd 4 - 0 Q.P.R.
Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Southampton 8 5 1 2 14 16
4. West Ham 8 4 1 3 4 13
5. Liverpool 8 4 1 3 1 13
6. Man Utd 8 3 3 2 3 12
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 2 11
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11
9. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11

Breaking League News

Vital Report: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Liverpool : 23/10/2014 09:06:00
Kouyate Return Is On!
West Ham : 23/10/2014 07:51:00
City Hold No Fears!
West Ham : 23/10/2014 07:40:00
Drogba - Just Looking Around!
Chelsea : 23/10/2014 07:37:00
Costa`s Hospital Woe!
Chelsea : 23/10/2014 07:36:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v West Brom?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 1%
Rafael 0%
Jones 0%
Rojo 0%
Shaw 0%
Blind 12%
Januzaj 0%
Mata 0%
Herrera 0%
Di Maria 25%
Van Persie 12%
Fellaini 50%
Falcao 0%
Young 0%