Alex Ferguson: Manchester United Have Opportunity To Prove Greatness

The Scottish tactician says the Red Devils can make up for all the European Cups they should have won...

Alex Ferguson is hoping that his side will cement Manchester United's status as football legends by beating Barcelona in the Champions League final on Wednesday.

The Red Devils have lifted the trophy on three occasions previously, twice under the management of the Scot, although he believes they have underachieved in continental competition.

However, the 67-year-old feels that the match at Rome's Olimpico Stadio is an opportunity for United to show that they are a top club, especially if they become the first team to retain the European Cup since it became the Champions League.

"There have been times when we should have done better in Europe and this is an opportunity for us to get that victory which would put us alongside the great teams of Europe," Ferguson is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"I think this particular team has that kind of future. Hopefully, tomorrow we can endorse that."

Ferguson also opined that it will likely be a game where mistakes prove costly, as will failure to make the most of any chances created.

"I think it will be a game when both teams have the ball they won't want to give it away," he added.

"We know both teams can keep it well and what we can do with the ball will decide the game. What we can create and how long we can keep it will crucial."

Ricky Brooks,