Date: 26th April 2011 at 4:29pm
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Manchester United may rank up there as the most famous football club in the world and with a fan-base second to none, but you get the impression that Sir Alex Ferguson, before he finally retires, wants so much more.

Ahead of our game with Schalke, you get the impression that Sir Alex is slightly envious of some of the other clubs in Europe, clubs who may not match up to us in most ways; but exceed us in one, winning the Champions League.

Here`s what Sir Alex had to say to the media on the subject matter,

“My expectation has always been high in regards to the European scene but we get envious of the records of other clubs.”

“We look at other teams` records and are trying to get parity. Clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Liverpool (choke). We really need to progress quickly to that level.”


With Schalke currently barring our way to reaching another final and a possible chance to increase our tally of wins, Sir Alex has recalled a few previous semi-finals and the emotions they evoke, explaining,

“Any semi-final you know it`s going to be difficult.”

“I think you always get apprehensive at this stage.”

“We`ve had that over the years. When we played the semi-finals against Juventus there was apprehension at home and we released that for the second leg.”

“It was the same against Barcelona in 2008. We got the result we wanted over there but in the second leg the last few minutes were agony.”

“So you go through this gamut of emotions in semi-finals as they`re never easy.”

“It will be the same this time.”


So, according to previous experiences we can expect a nut-wrenching, sticky palm sort of tie!



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