'We can win the treble'

Alex Ferguson has said that Manchester United can repeat their heroics of 1999 by winning the treble for the second time this season.

In an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport, handily translated by The Guardian, the United boss has admitted that he is aiming for an incredible double-treble, something that he has always suggested was an impossible dream in the past.

‘It is 14 games in two months if everything goes our way and, at United, we are used to this kind of thing, which is to our advantage,’ said Ferguson. ‘In the past I have said many times that to win just one trophy would be great. But we have to take the chance of winning all three now. We can repeat the treble of 1999.’

The quotes come ahead of tonight’s massive Champions League quarter-final clash with league champions Chelsea, who are all but out of the race for the league title and are pitching all of their hopes on winning Europe’s premier prize for the first time.

‘There is nothing really between our two teams,’ Ferguson admitted. ‘Both possess excellent footballers, both have international experience, experienced good coaches. Really, I don't know where all the criticism comes from. Last year they beat us with an offside goal; last month David Luiz should have been sent off.’

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