inspire young people. Nothing.
Can Manchester United make you dream?
Yes. A lot of teams can. England did in Euro ’96. Everybody spoke about the English. Those semi-finals – France v Czech Republic and England v Germany – they weren’t in the same class.
Who did you support?
I supported England, of course. I was very sad when they lost. I supported England because I’ve got some conviction about football. I’ve listened to critics of English football and I wanted the team to prove them wrong, and I think they did. I was very sad because they were the best team and they were just unlucky. They played such attractive football and the supporters were great as well. I’ve told people about the game here but they had to come over to see it before they believed it. After you’ve come to England to see a game, you can’t go anywhere else.
Can Manchester United do it next season in Europe?
Yep. Of course.
Will the tactics change?
Yeah. Tactically, for the last few seasons in Europe it hasn’t worked for Manchester United.
United have won the Cup Winners’ Cup five years ago. Arsenal won it too and reached another final. Maybe that’s not good enough for English football, but which country in Europe has won two Cup Winners’ Cups in the past few years? The French haven’t done better in all their history. But the French think they’ve got everything and that they know everything and they want to teach everyone about football, even me. I listen to them because I am polite…
But it’s true that the last few seasons haven’t been good in Europe [for United]…
This season will be different. In England, the Premiership is so important. I think in the past it has been the priority, but this season we want to win the European Cup and the Premiership. Everybody at Manchester United wants to win the European Cup. We want to prove in Europe what we have achieved in England over the last few years. We want to be famous all around the world, not only in our country. Although the Premiership is watched all over the world and Manchester United is the biggest