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Sir Alex Ferguson: Europa League should be priority

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: PA

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson says winning the Europa League should be the priority this season.

United are the favourites to win the one major European title they have never got their hands on.

In an interview with ESPN, Sir Alex said: "The thing is, we've never won the Europa League. We've never won (the) UEFA Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance.

"If you win a trophy, it's important. It doesn't matter that it's not the Champions League - it's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that.

"And your CV gets bigger. If we won the Europa League? Fantastic. Add it to the European Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup, the Champions League - it's bigger and bigger. We also want to be the most successful club in England."

United take on Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the competition next month.


Sir Alex Ferguson to return to Manchester United dugout

Sir Alex Ferguson will return to management for the June 4 friendly match. Credit: PA

Sir Alex Ferguson will make a cameo return to the Old Trafford dugout this summer after four years of retirement.

The long-time Manchester United boss will manage a United XI in Michael Carrick's testimonial against an All-Star XI led by another of the midfielder's former managers Harry Redknapp.

Michael Carrick said Sir Alex was 'probably the sole reason' he signed for Manchester United in 2006. Credit: PA

Sir Alex's side will see Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs take the field as part of the 2008 Premier League and Champions League-winning squad.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen will feature in the opposition.

Carrick said he was "honoured" to recruit Sir Alex for the day, adding: "He's the man who probably taught me to win."

Ferguson: No Man United player earned more than me

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Fegruson has opened up about how he agreed no player would ever be paid more than him.

The Scot explains in his new book 'Leading' how he was given a new deal following a Wayne Rooney payrise.

Sir Alex Ferguson got himself a good deal. Credit: PA

The former United manager recalls: "I told them I did not think it fair that Rooney should earn twice what I made and (joint-chairman) Joel Glazer immediately said: 'I totally agree with you but what should we do'?"

"It was simple. We just agreed that no player should be paid more than me.

"We agreed in less time than it takes to read the previous sentence."


Sir Alex Ferguson to support Andy Murray at semi-final

Sir Alex is a big fan of Andy Murray's. Credit: PA

Andy Murray was set to have Sir Alex Ferguson supporting him from the Royal Box in the Wimbledon semi-final against Roger Federer.

Two years ago Murray described advice from Ferguson as "gold dust" as he went all the way to the title.

The former Manchester United manager has attended many of Murray's biggest matches, including during his run to the 2012 US Open title.

Ferguson, 73, was due in the Royal Box alongside a host of major sporting stars, including India cricket favourite Sachin Tendulkar, former footballer Thierry Henry, and Wimbledon past champions Bjorn Borg, Lindsay Davenport and Manuel Santana.

Fergie to attend Preston v Man Utd at Deepdale

Sir Alex Ferguson will attend Manchester United's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Preston North End on Monday, with the League One club stepping up security for the Scot's first trip to Deepdale since his son Darren was sacked.

Former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association

Former United manager Ferguson will be among those watching on as he witnesses his old club take on the team which axed his son five years ago.

Darren Ferguson left North End bottom of the Championship in December 2010, with his father swiftly recalling three players who were on loan with Preston from United in a move which appeared motivated by revenge.

Ferguson senior later claimed Ritchie De Laet, Josh King and Matty James chose themselves to return to Old Trafford.

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