Wednesday, 13th April, 2011
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson beamed last night as his side saw off the challenge of Chelsea in the Champions League, moving into the competition’s semi-finals, and declared that momentum was well and truly with his team.
With talk of a Treble to match that won in 1999 growing at Old Trafford, Ferguson is well aware of the importance of momentum and is sure his side now have it.
Entering the game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, United were rarely troubled by Chelsea and scored just before half time through Javier Hernandez. Didier Drogba, who had begun the evening on the bench but was brought on for Fernando Torres for the second half, drew Chelsea level with 13 minutes left. But United responded instantly, going straight up the other end to hit back, as Park Ji-Sung found the back of the net. And 2-1 was how it finished.
"I think we’ve hit our form", Ferguson told Sky Sports post-match.
"I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. You’ve seen it in the second half at West Ham and the performance at Chelsea, plus that performance tonight."
And Ferguson stressed momentum is with his team.
"It’s a really good moment for us and the players are enjoying it. I think they’re relishing the challenges they’ve got now. You see the momentum the team’s under at the moment.
"Momentum is a great thing, everyone’s desperate to play on Saturday against Manchester City and they’re all desperate to play in every game now. The bonus I’ve got is that all my players are getting fit again now, and that’s a great boost to us."