Just like last season this time around, Manchester United are on a roll and have every reason in the world to believe they can repeat another historic treble, maybe even a quadruple. The reigning Premier League champions cruised to the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend after beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park and are just two points behind Arsenal in the Premier League.
But if their goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is to be believed, then the Red Devils cherish the UEFA Champions League trophy the most. Last season, United reached the semi-finals of the competition in amazing fashion but then got vanquished by the eventual champions, AC Milan. This season, United have to confront French giants Olympique Lyonnais in the last 16.
This is what the Dutch custodian said to the BBC Radio Five’s Sportsweek programme as picked up by ESPN Soccernet:
”I would prefer the Champions League but all three (Champions League, League, FA Cup) are nice. We are champions in England and to make it twice in a row is also a good feeling because then you really stamp your authority on the league. It is good so far but it is only January and so many things can happen in the nest two or three months. Lyon are a good team and it will be difficult. You just take it game by game.”
Seems like Man United do have their hopes perching high on the tree. Well, no one can blame Sir Alex Ferguson’s effective side. But as Van der Sar acknowledges, it is not too good to get carried away and it is always prudent to take one game at a time.