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Ferguson: Manchester United squad stronger than in 1999

Discussing United's treble win 14 years ago, Ferguson declared: "It is nice to look back on these things and think how it was done at that time with the squad of players I had, which is not nearly as strong as the one I have now."

Ferguson: Manchester United squad stronger than in 1999

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that his current group of players is stronger than the 'Red Devils' squad that sealed a historic treble at the Camp Nou 14 years ago. Ferguson said: "Numbers wise, this squad is stronger than in 1999. When we went to the Champions League final, [Roy] Keane and [Paul] Scholes were suspended but Henning Berg was the only injury. I still had to pull in Jonathan Greening, who had only played once or twice in the first-team." The United boss continued: "It is nice to look back on these things and think how it was done at that time with the squad of players I had, which is not nearly as strong as the one I have now. There were good internationals who weren't even involved on Wednesday [against Real Madrid]."

Since losing against Cluj in the Champions League, the Old Trafford outfit have now gone 15 games unbeaten, winning 11 and drawing four. And, according to the Scot, the atmosphere in his squad could not be better: "I feel there's a good spirit. That's obvious. When you're successful you have to look at the overall squad - I know there were a lot of players disappointed not playing on Wednesday, I'd be disappointed if they weren't disappointed, but the ones who weren't playing were right behind the ones who were playing and that's good."

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