Fergie feels Prem is best

Standard of domestic game helps Euro domination

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the quality of the Premier League helps English clubs to dominate in Europe.

The Manchester United boss is currently preparing his troops for a UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona, and could yet be involved in an all-English final.

With Liverpool and Chelsea contesting the other last four tie, there remains a realistic possibility that domestic rivalries could be rekindled in Moscow on 21st May.

This is the second season in a row that three sides from the Premier League have reached this stage of the competition, and Ferguson feels that is sign of how well the game in this country has developed over the last few years.


"I think, first of all, the quality of the Premier League has improved each year," he said.

"Also with the nature of the English football, with the intensity of the game and the speed of the play, you can see the power of our game.

"Power, however, does not necessarily win games. You have to announce quality and technical ability as well in major games.

"The reason English football is doing much better now is because the quality of the league has improved and that gives clubs a much better chance."


Ferguson is hoping that his side can maintain their quest for a domestic and European double over the coming weeks, and insists that a positive result at the Camp Nou on Wednesday is vital if they are to fulfil those aspirations.

"We have to score. If we do, that means we have a good chance as the atmosphere at Old Trafford (next Tuesday) will be electric," he told MUTV.

"On so many occasions over the years, I've referred to the fans as the 12th man.

"We want to make sure it's a real sea of red and white and if we can do that we have a big, big chance.

"There have been times when there's been a great harmony between the players and the supporters.

"We need top volume from the fans. When they do that, we respond."


The Red Devils manager is also delighted that his side will not have to contend with the mercurial talents of Barca's injured Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho when they travel to Catalunya.

"It helps ease my mind that one good player cannot play for them," he said.

"In football, we all think the same way. We hope to have the strongest team and the opposition have the weakest team."