United’s squad has more strength in depth than the most successful one in English football history according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Despite many critics -and fans alike- lamenting the absence of a ‘Roy Keane type’ midfielder, the United boss claims the current squad has more strength and depth then the class of ’99.
Sir Alex noted:
“When we went to the final, [Roy] Keane and [Paul] Scholes were suspended, but Henning Berg was the only injury and I had to pull in Jonathan Greening, who had only played once or twice, and he actually got a winner’s medal for sitting on the bench. That gives you an idea of the respective strength of the squads.
“I could have played a completely different team on Wednesday and I think we still would have got a result. It’s not just the four strikers I could change, you could change the entire team now. There were good internationals who weren’t even involved on Wednesday. It will be a different team when Madrid come here. One, two or three who didn’t play on Wednesday could play in the second leg. As I said the other day, I’ve got all these international players, so why shouldn’t I trust them?
“I feel there’s a good spirit. That’s obvious. When you’re successful you have to look at the overall squad – I know there were a lot of players disappointed not playing on Wednesday, I’d be disappointed if they weren’t disappointed, but the ones who weren’t playing were right behind the ones who were playing and that’s good. The way I’m looking at is to pick a team to win the next match and it will be a different team against Reading and again against QPR, Norwich and then Madrid.”
It’s tempting as United fans to start thinking about the treble being on, with such a strong lead in the league and a stellar performance against Real Madrid.
Now may be the time to follow the advice of those ubiquitous second world war posters that were reintroduced a few years ago.