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Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson is cautious despite Carling Cup final success

02 March 2009 11:23
Victory at Wembley handed United their second trophy so far this season with the FA Cup, Premier League title and Champions League still to play for.

But despite winning his 31st piece of silverware as Old Trafford manager, Ferguson has warned his players they must take a cautious approach to the remainder of the season as to avoid unnecessary errors.

"The great advantage I have is I won't get carried away with it," he said. "Only you guys, the media, will get carried away with it. We'll keep our feet on the ground.

"My experience is we could go to Fulham this weekend in the FA Cup and the ball comes off somebody's backside and we are out of the cup. That is what cups can do to you.

"The best thing we can do is gather ourselves, energise ourselves for Newcastle on Wednesday, which will be a very difficult game for us, and go from there, taking it one step at a time.

"I'll freshen things up in some positions and hopefully we'll get the result we want."

While playing down United's chances of landing an unprecedented Quintuple, Ferguson admitted he had been lifted by other results over the weekend. With Liverpool losing to Middlesbrough and Arsenal and Aston Villa only drawing, Chelsea were the only side to close on United.

Guus Hiddink's side are seven points behind but United have a game in hand.

With United looking to increase their lead in the table, secure an FA Cup semi-final place and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is tipping them to clinch all five trophies available to them.

"They've got a big chance of winning the lot," he said. "They're the team to beat and they have a fantastic squad.

"The league's going their way for sure. You wouldn't bet against them to win the Champions League and it'll be the big four in the semi-final of the FA Cup."

Asked how he felt about Ferguson's selection of his younger squad members, Redknapp added: "Let's be honest we played the best team in Europe it wasn't their kids.

"They started with two but they came off pretty lively. Vidic comes on, Giggs comes on. That back four they ended up with is very strong.

"When there's a trophy to be won Alex wants to win. Make no mistake he's not going to kids and if they get beat say 'unlucky'."

Source: Telegraph