Ferguson: This is the best squad I've ever had
By Ian Whittell
Last Updated: 1:49am GMT 12/11/2007
Sir Alex Ferguson's bold pronouncement that he has assembled the best squad of his 21 years at Old Trafford was given added credence by his team's performance as they beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 yesterday.
Without Wayne Rooney, whose injured ankle will sideline him for a month, two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo returned the defending champions to the top of the Premier League and put pressure upon Arsenal, who visit Reading tonight.
"I believe this is the strongest squad I have ever had," Ferguson wrote in his programme notes. He went on to add: "So much so I think I would be pushed to name my best overall team. This is a good young team coming together, they show great courage in their play and want to play right. They want to win something and I think they've got a good chance of doing that. They're playing well."
In Rooney's absence, Ferguson handed a first league start since February to Louis Saha, who was ineffective in his 68 minutes of activity, not that it mattered to the end result. "I think with the front players we've got, one of them is going to produce something on the day," said Ferguson. "Today it was Cristiano but there was other good work by [Carlos] Tevez and Saha, I was pleased with that, and thought Ryan Giggs did fantastic, particularly in the second half.
"Ronaldo is a possibility there but Saha coming back in his first game did very well for us. I took him off as a precaution in this situation and to have him ready for two weeks from now."
Ronaldo now has 10 goals for the season and United nine wins from their last 10 outings.
After getting a much-needed rest in midweek, Ferguson felt Giggs was the major influence behind United's triumph. "We have to measure Ryan's appearances because we cannot play him all the time," said Ferguson. "He is 34 at the end of the month but I feel he can go on for a good few years yet."
As for Rooney, Ferguson said he will be absent for a month. "Wayne was very unlucky," he said. "It was just a freak accident, but four weeks is about right."
Victory must have given Ferguson added pleasure coming, as it did, against a team led by one of his prodigies, Mark Hughes, who has been widely discussed as a potential successor.
"Every time we play against an opponent managed by one of my old players, this crops up," said Ferguson. "It's unfair on whoever is being discussed at the time. Also, it's trying to shove me out the door quicker than I want to go!"
I don't think that Manchester is the team everyone
Ugliest squad you've ever had more like SAF.
Hey Terence B. Harvey, are you blind or what! Henry Winter HAS written a report on the United vs. Blackburn match AND has given Fergie plenty of praise. You should've analysed the facts before typing in your foolish comment. Still, at least it gives those of us without a completey bias view of the game a good chuckle. You'll learn.
Terence, How funny you blame Fergie and United for a sending off. And you fail to mention the foul on Ronaldo that wasn't given. The score was o-o and Samba hit the post. We are the best team in Europe, We started the game without Neville,Scholes,Rooney,Nani,Carrick and won 2-0. We play the best football in the country and will sweep the floor with everyone in England and Europe. It makes a nice change for the London media not to be slagging off United. We are the Champions!
i think the guys who posted comment 2&3 should really think before opening there mouths next time if someone is successfully led a team for 21 years i really think you should learn from him not call him names! man-u didnt score after the send-off as they were ALREADY 2 UP and wanted to simply enjoy the game. As for ronaldo the more you hate him the bettter he becomes,
Fergie has nothing to do with their development?? Scholes, Giggs, Neville(s), Brown, O'Shea, Fletcher and now Simpson and Pique coming through. In Scholes, Brown, Simpson, Gary Neville Manchester United have a core of mancunians in the team, and for that alone they should be applauded. Bring in the quota system and we'll see how well the rest of the 'big 4' do!
As a Liverpool Fan and so not hte biggest Utd lover I have to say Utd are playing very well. I watched them in Boro, my local ground, and was impressed last year with the way the move at such pace. I dont think it was a particularly objective review of the game but they did beat a side that is notoriously difficult to play against.
The master has spoken!Sir Alex is going nowhere,and I would appreciate it if the media could please stop hounding him!The Game needs his type of character.
and Fergie has had absolutely nothing at all to do with their development, all bought as finished products. Thank heavens it didn't get hold of any of them in the embroyo stage otherwise they
Since when has the Telegraph become another mouthpiece for Fergie's propaganda ? This sycophantic report has repeated word for word the load of tripe that emanates week after week from the arrogant and self opinionated 'ManU special one' - so feared by the F.A. and referees alike !!
If Sir Alex says it, it must be right. Here in Brazil "Manchestair" is the team everyone wants to watch and they know a thing or two as well...
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