London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said these are important times for the team as they are fighting for three major trophies, and he warned his players against losing their focus, urging them to realise the importance of this crucial period of the season. United threw away an eight-point advantage last term with just six games to go as rivals Manchester City nipped ahead of them to win the Premier League on goal difference.
Now, Ferguson’s men, who are also competing for Champions League and FA Cup glory, have a nine-point lead at the summit of the table with 13 games remaining, and the United boss does not want to see any slip-ups as he calls on his players to maintain their appetite for a 20th league crown. Ferguson said he is hoping that the players realise that the league is there for them to win, adding it’s obviously a big challenge and we’ve got the FA Cup and the Champions League as well and it’s always an important time.
Ferguson further said players have shown great appetite for it and they showed that against Tottenham Hotspurs in the way they fought like hell to get a result, and were unlucky it went against them at the end, as they drew 1-1 right in the death. With United facing Real Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 encounter at the Bernabeu, this really is a crucial time in their season. The Old Trafford outfit also faces an FA Cup fifth round tie with Reading on February 18 and Ferguson is looking for a push on all three fronts.