United legend reveals tactics for 'tough month'

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has opened up about the tactics United will take to attempt to emulate the glory of 1999 with victory in the FA Cup, Champions League and Barclays Premier League competitions.

"I think it's just simple things, there's no complication. Keep the players fit, make sure they're fresh and not over-trained, make sure they're prepared,” Neville told the official United website.

Neville, who is Manchester United's second longest serving player behind Ryan Giggs, said the next month will be make or break at Old Trafford.

"You really have got games now every weekend and midweek - it's probably as big a month as I've seen in my 20 years here when you look at the matches coming up in the next four or five weeks and the scale of them.

“From that perspective, it's just about making sure the preparations are the same and keeping the players fit and you don't get sendings off."


Neville sees Arsenal and Chelsea as Manchester United’s biggest threats, with United facing both in the title run in. But Neville is quick to point out that United’s other fixtures shouldn’t be seen as a walk in the park.

"Arsenal had a couple of bad results when they could've put some pressure on us, particularly in the week we lost to Chelsea and Liverpool. But it is there for us and we've got so close.

"I think Saturday's a big one to be honest with you, coming back from the internationals and playing away to West Ham with a lunchtime kick-off. That's got a danger to it.

“That's good in some ways though because the lads have been there before. It's really, really important, they'll know it's a danger game. We've seen those times and how difficult those games are. I think we'll be ready for it."

Despite all the hype surrounding achieving such a feat, Neville believes the Manchester United squad won’t be concentrating on trying to win the treble.

"If you get past the FA Cup final on the Saturday, you think it's here now but you never think to win a Treble. It doesn't enter your thinking as a player.

“With all the matches ahead of us, you haven't got time to think about [what might happen] in six weeks' time.”

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