Neville: United ready for Euro glory

April 10, 2008

Gary Neville believes Manchester United are more than capable of winning the Champions League this season because of the quality in the squad.

The club captain was part of the 1999 winning side and is convinced they can emulate that feat.

United fell at the semi-final hurdle last season against AC Milan. But Neville, 33, feels they can overcome Barcelona in the last four as they are better equipped this campaign.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson invested heavily in new players in the summer with the arrivals of Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves as well as promising pair Anderson and Nani.

It was Tevez who scored the goal - his 17th of the season - to break Roma's hearts last night at Old Trafford - and seal a 3-0 aggregate win in the quarter- finals.

Neville said: 'We have a great chance this season. Once you get to a semi-final anything can happen.

'We are playing well at the moment and winning games regularly. Last year we were maybe not quite ready. This year we have the players to go all the way.

'The games and the atmosphere against Barcelona will be brilliant. There will be some great players on show. Both teams like attack. I do not think defence is the priority.'

Ferguson could even afford to leave 37-goal Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes on the bench with a crucial Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal to come on Sunday.

And Neville's theme was echoed by another experienced campaigner Ryan Giggs with the prospect of an all-England final in Moscow as Chelsea face Liverpool in the other semi-final.

Giggs was a team-mate of Neville's nine years ago when Bayern Munich were famously defeated in Barcelona.

'I am quite confident we have the players to go through,' he said. 'We just have to perform against Barcelona.

'If you are not up for that game you never will be. Both are very good teams. It is whoever performs best over the two legs.

'The four teams left are all capable of winning the Champions League. It is all about what happens on the day.

'Games against Barcelona are what you want, playing against great teams.

'The Nou Camp is the sort of stadium you want to play in and it is an experience.'

United set a Champions League record of 11 straight home wins by defeating Roma.

And defender Wes Brown believes the squad is now stronger than in 1999 when the treble was achieved.

Brown is anxious to get to the final as he missed out that year despite being part of the pool.

'I think all round the field from midfield to attack we have people who can in and play in those positions,' he told talkSPORT.

'It is going to be difficult for the gaffer to pick his first XI.'