Date: 12th February 2009 at 9:37pm
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For many United fans, Moscow was a long overdue reward after plenty of European disappointment over the years. And for many that thrilling night in the Russian capital also represented a peak, a catharsis which would fill us with pure joy for a few seasons.

Not for Sir Alex though who insists that Europe is still his priority even though I firmly believe that most fans would choose the Premiership over the European Cup this season as we have a great chance to equal Liverpool’s haul of 18 league titles.

‘There is an opportunity to draw level with Liverpool, but that is not my priority,’ Ferguson said.

‘You look at our record in Europe and it should have been better.

‘Nobody has successfully defended the Champions League. That is a great challenge to us. Hopefully, we can do it again.’


Well, retaining the trophy we won in Moscow would make United possibly the greatest side since the introduction of the Champions League format. But I believe it is close to impossible.

Fergie added that though Inter are obviously a very strong team he rates Barcelona as the most dangerous side in Europe – no surprises there really.