Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson desperate for Champions League triumph

Red Devils boss admits he is "envious" of teams that have a long and successful history in Europe, as he aims to take the club all the way
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his charges to push hard to win a fourth Champions League title for the club.

The Red Devils have previously won the tournament on three occasions, in 1968, 1999 and most recently in 2008.

But the Scot remains dissatisfied with things, as he hopes for another European crown to join an elite group of club that have won the European competition four times or more.

"We really need to progress quickly to get to that level," said Sir Alex, according to The Guardian. "The expectation from my point of view has always been very high in Europe because you do get envious of the other great teams – Real Madrid, Milan, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Ajax. We are looking to get parity with those clubs. It is where we should be."

But first, United lock horns with Schalke in Germany on Tuesday in the first leg of the semi-finals, with the reverse fixture set to take place at Old Trafford on May 4.

Should Manchester United manage to win the Champions League, Sir Alex Ferguson will become only the second manager in the history of football - the first being Liverpool's Bob Paisley - to have three Europeans triumphs to his name.

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