Sir Alex Ferguson and the European Cup

Manchester United Boss, Sir Alex Ferguson

"You have to combine the two. The Premier League is such a tribal confrontation between different parts of the country that you’re forced into trying to beat them all the time. You can’t get away from that. I’m sorry, you can’t," he replied.

"It’s not like athletics where you can programme yourself to win the one-mile at Oslo and then maybe wait until Stuttgart five months later to win there. We play every seven days so you’re forced to go for the league."

"I’ve got absolutely no doubt Real Madrid would give up anything to win the European Cup. I think AC Milan did that. They were concentrating on trying to equal Madrid with those nine European titles."

"You can do it in these countries because the European Cup is the most important thing. But our mentality is different. I’ve got to try and show that we’re challenging for the league all the time, and hopefully have the bonus of winning the European Cup. We’ve only won it twice in my time so that shows it’s not easy to combine the two."

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