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Mourinho: Five's alive for United

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Jose Mourinho has tipped Manchester United to complete an amazing five-timer this season.

United stayed on course for an unprecedented quintuple by overcoming Inter Milan 2-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and Mourinho sees no reason why United should not scoop the lot.

"Manchester United have worked together for five consecutive years," said Mourinho. "They were a young side then, they are not young anymore. Right now they are at their maximum level. That is why they are European champions. That is why they can win everything."

United's next engagement is with Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday but manager Sir Alex Ferguson will hope for a far more complete performance from his side, who almost contributed to their own downfall.

"It was a long European night," sighed Ferguson. "I didn't know if it was a game of football or a game of suicide.

"We started off very well and once we scored the first goal I thought we would go on and kill them. But then we opened the door for them with too many flicks, backheels and passes into space and were lucky to be in front at half-time."

Had Zlatan Ibrahimovic not seen his downward header bounce up onto the crossbar, the outcome could have been drastically different.

Instead, United advance to the March 20 draw with the other three English contenders that make up half the remaining field, proving beyond doubt the Premier League is number one in Europe at present.

"It has been obvious for three years that the Premier League has the upper hand," reflected Ferguson. "But I am only happy for Manchester United because we had the hardest draw.

"We can play better than that and I am sure we will be better in the next round."

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