Ferguson: City need Europe

Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested Roberto Mancini may struggle to keep his top stars if they Manchester City are not playing in Europe.

Last Updated: 02/12/12 at 19:31 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Says Roberto Mancini's City need to be playing in Europe

Sir Alex Ferguson: Says Roberto Mancini's City need to be playing in Europe

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Manchester United have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League after comfortably finishing in top spot in their group with two games to spare.

Meanwhile, City know they must defeat Borussia Dortmund in Germany to have any chance of finishing in third place and making the Europa League.

And Ferguson claims Mancini will do well to keep all his players happy in the new year if they are not playing in European competition.

The United boss told The Sunday Mirror: "The Europa League has been a failure if you look at the way our league clubs have treated it. But I don't think losing is ever healthy for a big club and City need to beat Dortmund.

"On the one hand you can play a fresh team every week for the rest of the season if you are not in the Europa League, but how do you keep all your players happy?

"They are out of the League Cup and the Champions League - and for a club of that size it means they've not got enough games to keep the momentum and the interest going.

"There's nothing better than big European nights. I think back to some of the quarter-finals and semi-finals we've had in the European Cup and they were unbelievable games.

"I think of the year we won it and played Inter (Milan) and Juventus, and the match against Barcelona when Paul Scholes scored that fantastic goal... you cannot beat it.

"I don't know enough about City's players. I've not worked with any of them, apart from Carlos Tevez. But sometimes players want to play every game.

"I've got that with Wayne Rooney. If he misses one or two games it takes him three games to get back. Some players have to play every week. It's a fact.

"Yes, you'd have them fresh for league games and you would have more time for training. But you would have to deal with the fact that you've not got European football. Every manager wants to do well in Europe - I do, anyway."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

N

ot sure about the Lowry reference; I think he'd have been more at home in those atmospheric black and white pics of Joy Division moping about an apocalyptic Manchester setting.

ash_75
Football People On TV: Paul Scholes

Footer 365

PFA Women's Player of the Year: The Contenders

We take a closer look at the PFA Women's Player of the Year nominees.

Yaya Toure not leaving Manchester City, says Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has leapt to the defence of Yaya Toure and says the midfielder is going nowhere.

Wayne Rooney set for deeper Man Utd role at Chelsea

Louis van Gaal could move Wayne Rooney into defensive midfield at Chelsea after losing four Man Utd players to injury.

Mail Box

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

Mailbox: The Pros And Cons Of FFP

The mailbox has gone a little bit serious as they debate the pros and cons of FFP. Does it create a closed shop or opportunity? Plus, POTY nominations and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company