"This team is determined, gritty and very professional, and some of the football we’ve seen from the players has been terrific."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

28/04/2011 19:00, Report by Adam Bostock
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Boss: My terrific team

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised his players' winning mentality as the Reds enter the crucial final month of a dramatic and potentially historic season.

The manager told the club’s official magazine, Inside United: “This team doesn't understand the word defeat. It's determined, gritty and very professional, and it's produced some great moments."

On recent comments from an opposing manager, Didier Deschamps of Marseille, that the current United team lacks a bit of 'fantasy', Sir Alex said:

"It might not have the 'Ronaldo' factor, but it's not as if we’ve been devoid of that ['fantasy']. Some of the football we’ve seen from the players this season has been terrific."

The Reds boss also emphasised the high level of focus within his squad, insisting the opportunity to make history - by winning an English-record 19th title - isn't distracting his players from the task in hand.

"I don’t think it’s on our minds at the moment. If we achieve it, it’ll be great to reflect on, but at the moment we know we’ve got some hard games left. We look forward to the challenge, though.

"It’s important to keep momentum going by winning games. That’s vital. Draws don’t come into it now, it’s all about wins. We’ve got a big few games coming up and we need to win them."

Asked if such a pressurised time of the season saps energy from his team, or drives it on and energises it, Sir Alex offered a balanced assessment. He said: "It’s a bit of both. This is the greatest part of your job, though, having big game after big game. We’ve had some fantastic games over the years at this stage of the season, but we’ve also had some disappointments. You’ve just got to take the rough with the smooth.

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