Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson braced for ‘daunting’ period
Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing a crucial period for Manchester United in their quest to retain their Premier League crown
Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United are facing a “daunting” period with league clashes against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all coming up in the next five weeks.
United trail fierce rivals Manchester City by three points in the Premier League title race, while they made a premature FA Cup exit in the fourth round after suffering a 2-1 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday.
And the 70-year-old United boss is convinced that the next few weeks will prove crucial in their attempts to retain their top-flight crown.
“It’s a big programme coming up for us,” Ferguson told United’s website. “When I first looked at it, from the middle of January through to the end of February, it was quite a daunting programme.
“But then when you look back over the years, we’ve always had periods when you can say this is a must-win game and that’s a must-win game. That’s what we have to do this time.
“I’ve no idea how City are feeling at the moment but it’s important we keep on their coat tails.”
United host Stoke City in the league on Tuesday – but despite the Potters’ famous physical style of play, Ferguson admits he enjoys seeing his side take on Tony Pulis’ outfit.
“You know what Tony Pulis’ teams are like, they’re always the same with one hundred per cent commitment,” said the United manager. “They all get stuck in and you have to cope with that. I quite enjoy that.”
“When we used to play Wimbledon, at the beginning when they first came into our division, nobody looked forward to playing against them.
“But then I started and my team started to enjoy it because it was a challenge, a physical challenge in the way they played and a physical challenge in terms of trying to take control of the possession and play your football.
“Stoke are a different team altogether from Wimbledon, obviously, but they still have the same quality of never giving in, they keep going, so it’s a good challenge for us.”