What are United’s quintuple chances now?

March 2, 2009

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson dismissed the suggestion in his usual style.

After beating Spurs on penalties to win the English League Cup final on Sunday he was asked if United could complete a “quintuple” of trophies.

“It’s a media thing,” he shot back. “I’m not getting carried away with it. We’re keeping our feet on the ground.”

But with FIFA’s Club World Cup and the League Cup already in the trophy room and with the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup all realistic targets, it is not just a media thing. It’s a real possibility. Throw in the Community Shield and it becomes a sextuple. Or a “double treble” — which sounds good if you are winning it or even drinking it.

Former United striker Frank Stapleton is among many who think Ferguson has assembled the best squad United have ever had – and although they failed to break Spurs down in 120 goalless minutes at Wembley, they still had the nerve, guile and experience to ease to a 4-1 victory in the shootout.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp believes they can do it too.

“They’ve got a big chance of winning the lot,” he said after the game, “They are the team to beat, the best in Europe and have a fantastic squad.”

The fact that United’s hero was current third-choice keeper Ben Foster highlights the strength in depth of the squad. He was voted man of the match and Ferguson has tipped him to become England’s No.1 keeper in the not too distant future.

Other youngsters like Darron Gibson and Danny Welbeck looked assured next to the likes of Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

It wasn’t a classic performance by any stretch of the imagination, but the hallmark of great teams is that they win things even when they are not at their best.

They have ready replacements in every position and with confidence sky-high and the defence virtually impregnable, it will take something very special to get the better of United over the coming weeks.

Or as Ferguson also said, a deflected shot off someone’s backside that could see them knocked out of the FA Cup at Fulham on Saturday.

Barring that, the race for the High Five is on. I think they have the strength, the players and the desire to do it. Do you?

PHOTO: Manchester United players celebrate winning the League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, March 1, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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If they get past Inter in the second leg of the Champions league I think they might be unstoppable.
The Carling Cup was arguably the hardest as it was the one they cared about least (if you see what I mean).

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Don’t forget that as the season comes to a close, there will be so many matches in so little time that fitness will be stretched. With many quality opponents left in the FA Cup and Champions League, and the Premier League also not quite a done deal, Man Utd will be chased all the way to the end…

That’s an interesting point, Boon. I think United will want to get the Premier league title soon up as quickly as possible, as they canr est places over the final month or so. Liverpool are out of it, I suspect, but they may still just be wary of a Chelsea team playing themselves into good form. One or two slip-ups and they may become a serious problem.

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Many years have passed by and my loyalty towards Man Utd has never faded even at the times where they made complete fools of themselves. I couldn’t help myself being sitted on the edge of my couch everytime these guys play an opponent. After seeing different partneship looking very deadly, i seriously have made up my mind that the idea of winning all the trophies this year is something Man Utd can achieve. They have the pace, the team, the desire and most important the manager who knows how to blend all the points into a strong team. way to go Man Utd. You’re simply the best.

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Manchester United are just 14 games away from immortality now.

Can they win the quintuple is the same as asking if they can remain unbeaten for 14 games !!

Many would doubt they can win the quintuple as it sounds too ominous……but these same people would agree they could go 14 games unbeatend if you ask them.

Of course they can do it, they will do it, they can’t fail but to write themselves into the history books forever !!!