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Ferguson desperate to join Europe's ultra-elite
Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious obsession with the European Cup is motivated by an “envious” feeling towards historic heavyweights like Real Madrid and Liverpool… Ferguson is about to knock Liverpool off one perch, breaking their record for 18 English titles. How he would love one day to match the stitching into Liverpool’s shirts of five stars, each denoting a European Cup triumph…It is why he keeps on managing at 69, why he rested players against Everton in the Premier League last Saturday to keep them fresh for Tuesday night's tie with Schalke. In word and mood on Monday, Ferguson looked a man far, far, away from contemplating retirement. “My expectation has always been high in regards to the European scene,’’ he said. “But we do get envious of the records of other clubs in Europe. We look at other teams’ records and we are trying to get parity with that. We look at clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Liverpool and we really need to progress quickly to get to that level.”
Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph
Every major paper carries quotes from Sir Alex’s press conference yesterday – you can see our own stories on ManUtd.com – with The Telegraph and The Guardian also digging deeper into the tactics that may be on show. In The Telegraph, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith predicts Jefferson Farfan may cause Patrice Evra problems aplenty, while pointing out Schalke’s own left-back position is also a weak point.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Wilson, writing in The Guardian, offers an intriguing look at Wayne Rooney’s role this season, with an emphasis on the striker’s defensive qualities (indeed, he boasts an 88 per cent tackling success rate this season).
Also in The Guardian, Richard Williams argues “professional controversialist” Jose Mourinho is the only man who can succeed Sir Alex when the Reds boss finally calls it a day.