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Surprise: Europe Still Comes First For Fergie

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.

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Date:Thursday February 12 2009
Time: 9:36PM


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
13/02/2009 16:29:00
(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
13/02/2009 16:32:00
Rooney and Evra coming back should make a big difference to our attacking threat though :)
Man utd champions
13/02/2009 16:32:00
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 :-)
13/02/2009 18:05:00
anything can happen if we get past inter,barca the favourites right now.
13/02/2009 18:15:00
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)
13/02/2009 18:18:00
I'll take Europe IF Liverpool don't win the prem! We have to end their annoying '18' chants!
14/02/2009 13:39:00
Will still have to contend with our '5 times' one though..
16/02/2009 15:33:00
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
18/02/2009 14:03:00
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