Sir Alex pens his thoughts before every home game for United Review. You can read the column in full, the day after the game...
This is the time I love best – non-stop football, with every match now of immense significance, and the challenge of competing on a number of fronts as we close in on our dreams.
I will be deploying the full range of our resources as I seek to keep our teams at the level of energy you need at this level. It’s what I did when we won our unique Treble, resting players and bringing in others as I tried to pick teams fizzing for the fray.
Life at the top in the English game is fierce and relentless. The pace and intensity undoubtedly takes a toll, especially with so many fixtures coming at you so quickly on the last lap for trophies. You have to be up for every game or you can get punished, so I will juggle our squad in the hope that we can keep as many balls in the air and make progress on as many fronts as possible. As I have said repeatedly, we have a quality squad, rich in terms of both ability and numbers, and I intend to make full use of it.
That’s why you saw several changes in the line-up that went out against Everton at Wembley on Sunday, compared with the successful side that beat Porto in midweek. I was well aware it was the semi-final of the FA Cup, just one step from all the glamour and glory associated with the Cup final. We certainly wanted to be there, not least because it is a great day out for the fans and a special occasion, too, for the folk back home watching on television. But we must win the league championship and we have some