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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."

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