Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Quieroz wants to emulate class of 1999
Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz insists winning the Premiership alone will not satisfy the Red Devils this season and that they are looking to emulate the achievement of 1999 and challenge for the treble.
Queiroz claims the Premier League has become a two-horse race with Sir Alex
Ferguson's side six points clear of second-placed Chelsea after a fantastic
first half of the season.
But Ferguson's number two warns the players cannot afford to relax - and that
United are desperate to win the FA Cup and Champions League as well.
Queiroz told Manchester United Radio: 'It's not enough for us to compete only
for the league. We also have ambitions and a great desire to win the other
competitions as well.
'The reality at the moment dictates that the championship will probably be a
'But that isn't the case when it comes to the FA Cup and Champions League -
it's wrong to think those competitions are also between us and Chelsea.'
Aston Villa, beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup third round on Sunday thanks to Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer's last-minute goal, return to Old Trafford on Saturday and
Queiroz warns that Chelsea are waiting to pounce on any slip-up.
He added: 'We deserve our position because we're playing the best football in
the league at the moment and all the lads are doing very well.
'We haven't won anything yet though. We're in a good position as a result of
our hard work, commitment and concentration and we must keep that going until
the end of the season.
'The race will not be easy and I'm sure Chelsea will not give us any chances
to make mistakes.
'We cannot just enjoy the fact that we're six points clear, we need to build
'If we don't, then that is when you make mistakes and one small mistake could
represent big punishment for us.
'Letting our focus and our state of alertness slip even just a little bit is
the wrong attitude for us.'
The Portuguese coach also believes there is still room for improvement among
the United players.
He said: 'There is no perfection within the game. There is always room for
improvement both from an individual and a collective point of view.
'We have very much enjoyed the team's performances recently and cannot ask
any more from the players regarding their attitude, concentration, discipline
and the team spirit because it has been fantastic.
'But during the week there is no room for fun, there is only room to work.
And we will continue to work on the specific areas we feel we can improve