Sir Alex Ferguson believes he has built his best ever Manchester United squad.
Ferguson’s pronouncement was given added credence by his team’s performance as they beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 to go top of the Premier League.
“I believe this is the strongest squad I have ever had,” Ferguson wrote in his programme notes.
“This is a good young team coming together, playing the right way,” said Ferguson. “They have great courage in the way they want to play. They want to win something and the signs are good. They have a great chance of doing that. I believe this is the strongest squad I have ever had, so much so that I think I would be pushed to name my overall best team. This is what I have been working towards.
“I don’t like the short-term fix. I prefer to see a pool of players emerge and develop into something special which – believe me – is what is happening at Old Trafford this season. We have the young players led by Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and now joined by the likes of Carlos Tevez, Nani and Anderson.
“I am not becoming youth-obsessed either, with experience represented by [Paul] Scholes and Ryan Giggs who, in my view, will play until they are 36, such have been their lifestyles. There is many a pitfall for celebrity players but those two have avoided all the traps and set fine examples for those coming up behind them.”
He later added: “So much so I think I would be pushed to name my best overall team. This is a good young team coming together, they show great courage in their play and want to play right. They want to win something and I think they’ve got a good chance of doing that. They’re playing well.”
“I think with the front players we’ve got, one of them is going to produce something on the day,” said Ferguson, who will be deprived of the injured Wayne Rooney for a month. “Today it was Cristiano but there was other good work by [Carlos] Tevez and Saha, I was pleased with that, and thought Ryan Giggs did fantastic, particularly in the second half.