Sir Alex Ferguson says that Manchester United will show the same determination that won the club the Carling Cup yesterday for the rest of the season. Ferguson, who picked up the 32nd trophy of his tenure at Old Trafford, praised Aston Villa’s performance in pushing United close and admitted that luck played some part.
“Hopefully there will be another one this season,” said Ferguson, as his side mounts an assault on the Premier and Champions League trophies.
“It still feels as good to win trophies. I appreciate all the things we have achieved as a club and I appreciate the luck we have carried. I’ve lost finals and that’s not easy. The only way you can enjoy Wembley is by winning.
“I think in the main we were probably the better team but credit for Aston Villa’s performance. Towards the last 10 minutes, where they started to shove up that big brigade of theirs, it was like the bloody Alamo.”
United faces just 10 further fixtures in the Premier League and a second leg tie against AC Milan in the Champions League on 10 March.
“We don’t give in and it’s a good quality to have. I think you’ll see that in the remainder of the season,” Ferguson added.
“There are a lot of hard games [to come]. It was a good result for us with Chelsea losing. Arsenal are bang in the frame now. They have the easiest programme on paper and it will be an interesting run-in.”
United play an away fixture with Wolverhampton Wanderers next Saturday, followed by home ties against AC Milan, Fulham and Liverpool.