Sir Alex Ferguson Names the Clubs That ‘Make Him Nervous’ & What Man Utd Should Aim for This Season

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he still feels nerves when watching his beloved Man United side play their North West rival Liverpool and Man City. 

Since retiring as manager at the end of the 2012/13 season, the legendary Scotsman has been a near-constant spectator at Old Trafford, enjoying his retirement as both a director and an ambassador for the club. 

Fergie sat down with US radio channel Sirius XM FC, to talk about United’s current season, and the progress they’ve made under Jose Mourinho, after several tumultuous seasons since Ferguson’s retirement. 

Ferguson was very positive in his feelings towards the Portuguese coach, and was optimistic about not only the future of United, but also about their chances of securing a top four finish this season, although he admitted that some of the sizeable fixtures that the Red Devils still have to play do make him nervous.  

“The only time I get a bit anxious is when we play Liverpool and Man City because those are the biggest games.” He explained.‘The things about English football is the tribalism. You’ve got the London clubs, the Midlands clubs and the Yorkshire clubs. That creates a real competitive edge to matches.

“But nothing compares to the Liverpool game. Of course, Manchester City now have risen to a very prominent position in the game and those games have become very important too.”

Ferguson did concede that the top four teams would be hard to break into, given the form and dominance of teams like Chelsea and Spurs, but remained positive about United’s chances to win multiple trophies. 

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Ferguson went on to say how proud he was of Mourinho securing the EFL Cup in his first season at the club, and how positive he felt about the Red Devils’ chances in the Europa League, not just as a trophy to win this season, but also as a potential route into the Champions League next season. 
Mourinho has never lost an English domestic cup final in his career (3 x EFL Cup Final, 1 x FA Cup Final). [Opta] #MUFC


“Their season is still alive. They’ve won the League Cup, they’re in the Europa League and I think they have a great chance there. It’s very important now because if you win it you are in the Champions League.

“In the Premier League at the moment, there is a real fight for the positions behind Chelsea – Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, ourselves. It’s not going to be easy to get into the top four.”