Dwight Yorke wants Manchester United to get over the disappointment of exiting the UEFA Champions League by reclaiming the Barclays Premier League title via a record margin.
The Reds face Reading on Saturday on the back of a disappointing week having been knocked out of Europe in controversial circumstances before dropping a two goal lead to draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup sixth round, prompting a yet-to-be-scheduled replay at Stamford Bridge.
But Yorke - who was part of the United team which won the title by 18 points during the 1999/2000 season, setting records for goals scored and games won in the process – believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s men must “dust themselves down” and regain focus ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Royals.
“The manager knows his position because the players will be deflated and aware that they got knocked out of the European Cup, but that has gone now,” Dwight told ManUtd.com. “Yes, you can lick your wounds for a few days but then you dust yourself off and the manager will emphasise that.
“He will have given the players reassurances and told them to ‘focus on the job at hand’, which is retaining the Premier League title. But the key is the manner in which we reclaim it. We don’t want to bring it back to Old Trafford by just two or three points. Let’s try and break the all-time record.
“In 2000, we won it by 18 points in April and those are the kind of benchmarks that you want to reach. Sir Alex has been through it all and this is nothing for him. It is his duty as a manager to reinforce that belief.
“The way we exited the European Cup was sad - we wouldn’t have minded if we’d lost with everybody on the pitch but that has gone now and there’s no point in bringing it up again. This is what United is all about; dusting yourself down and picking yourself up again.
“We didn’t quite get a result against Chelsea on Sunday but we’re still in the FA Cup, so we’ve got to kick on and make sure we do our best when we return