Sir Alex Ferguson says it is his job to “galvanise the troops” and reward the performances of Manchester United’s players and fans ahead of this Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea.
The Reds were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in controversial circumstances during the week, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid after Nani was sent off at Old Trafford. But instead of wallowing in disappointment, the Reds boss is determined to bounce back.
Speaking during his weekly press conference at Carrington, Sir Alex also quashed speculation surrounding Wayne Rooney’s future and confirmed the striker will feature against Chelsea, while revealing his plans for Ryan Giggs and injured defender Phil Jones.
“My job now is to galvanise the troops and the fans, who were fantastic on Tuesday,” the boss told reporters. “We owe them a good performance on Sunday.
"There are a lot of things you can do when you lose a game. One thing we don't do is give in. We get up off our backsides and make sure we're ready for Sunday. Absolutely.
"A big game's probably best and we're at home, which is also good. It's a big game, the FA Cup. We have a hard game against good opponents. Chelsea have a terrific record in the FA Cup, probably the best of any team in the last decade. We haven't won it for almost 10 years, so there are a lot of incentives for us." "Phil Jones won't be ready for Sunday but he'll be ready for the following week. He's done some good bits of training now but he won't be ready for Sunday. Everybody else came through Tuesday, which is good.
"Ryan Giggs won't play on Sunday. Why? Because he was the best player we had on Tuesday and we know how to look after him. We know how to prepare him for certain games and now he won't play on Sunday. He's done his bit for us. Next week is a different game. He'll get more rest and then we can prepare him for that one.
"When you have the squad that we have... goodness me, I left out Shinji Kagawa who scored a hat-trick, and nobody mentioned that. I thought I might get more criticism for that."