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We'll make history
Sir Alex Ferguson watched United draw Celtic in the Champions League — then challenged his champions to make Euro history. No team has yet managed to successfully defend the Champions League trophy. But Sir Alex is convinced he has the players to do just that, hailing this squad as his greatest ever — and one that will get better. Yesterday’s draw in Monaco pitched United against Gordon Strachan’s Hoops, Spanish outfit Villarreal and Danish champions Aalborg for this season’s first group stage. Sir Alex then immediately set his sights on a final date in Rome. “No club has defended the Champions League and that is a great challenge to us," he said. “I have looked into the eyes of my players to make sure they have retained the hunger you need to succeed — and I am satisfied we are ready to go again."
Neil Custis, The Sun
As reported on ManUtd.com yesterday, Sir Alex is less hopeful of bringing in a new signing before Monday's transfer deadline. The Daily Mail reports that UEFA president Michel Platini has hinted he will move to scrap the January transfer window. He thinks players should not be able to play for two clubs in the same season.
Meanwhile, Sir Alex has warned England boss Fabio Capello that there was no way Owen Hargreaves will be fit for England's World Cup qualifiers next month.