Although Manchester United have won a record 19th title, toppling rivals Liverpool and becoming the most successful club in domestic English history, the players aren’t celebrating yet as Sir Alex Ferguson turns attention to the Champions League final.
While United enter the match as underdogs to La Liga champions Barcelona, Ferguson says he’s got the squad to win, and then some.
“It’s no easier to tell players they’re on the bench, unfortunately it’s part of your job, we have to win games,” Ferguson said, of telling some players on Saturday that they won’t be featuring in the United squad.
Players who have had a great influence over United this season, including the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Luis Nani, look set to be benched, in a show of the strength and depth of the United squad.
And Ferguson says this weekend it will be even more difficult to choose a starting line up, with every player a part of the success this season has brought.
“It’s not easy picking from players we’ve got, because they’ve all contributed and that doesn’t make it easy for me,” the Manchester United manager said.
In terms of stopping superstar Messi from taking over the match, as he has done against United before, Ferguson believes that his side has what it takes to stop the Argentinian running rampant.
“We’ve played Barcelona four times, there’s always a solution to every player, and that’s why it will be such a thrilling game,” Ferguson said.
While it was revealed this week that the United squad had watched the 2009 final to learn what they did wrong, Ferguson says it all comes down to keeping focused.
“The 2008 [semi final] and 2009 [final] games [against Barcelona] had a lapse of concentration. Concentration will be all important now.”
Whether or not United win this weekend, the 69-year-old is already looking to the future, hoping to make this club the most successful on all platforms.
“Everything you do is to win, that’s all that matters,” Ferguson said. “We have expectation and responsibility, and that will continue next season, we’ll take whatever comes our way.”