Date: 27th February 2006 at 9:32pm
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How Phil Thompson mocked United before the match saying: ‘Their fans laughed at us when Liverpool won it, but they are desperate for it now!’

And now this Carling Cup triumph can trigger another golden era for Manchester United … and who says so?
Ferguson believes the victory against Wigan at Cardiff can be the catalyst which binds his young players into a new force.

Ferguson: ‘I hope they can go on to match our exploits of the past. If they can grow up together and keep that group together we have a chance. When we beat Nottingham Forest to win this cup in 1992 it set us off on a very good spell.

‘That was one of the reasons I brought Kieran Richardson, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic on.

‘Kieran deserved to be on because he has been part of the League Cup team.

‘But I wanted to give the others the experience of being on a winning side in a cup final, if only for a few minutes, to feel the atmosphere at the very end. It tells them a bit about Manchester United and might develop them in terms of the winning instinct.

‘The competition is harder than ever. It is a very competitive Premier League and you can see the standard in Europe from some of the amazing results last week.

‘The challenge is there for everyone – not just us. We need more experience in Europe. Hopefully we can stick together and get that experience.’