A winning mentality

26 April 2009 02:37
Teddy Sheringham told Goals on Sunday he understands Manchester United's hunger for silverware because he shared the same desire for glory.[LNB] The former striker left Tottenham for Old Trafford in June 1997 and went on to win the Champions League and three Premier League titles with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.[LNB]This weekend, United returned to the top of the league with a 5-2 victory over Spurs and still have a shout of winning four trophies this campaign.[LNB]Sheringham said such a huge weight of expectation can be hard for players to deal with.[LNB]"I remember him (Ferguson) saying to me 'you won't realise what it is like playing for Manchester United' and being a young cockney lad who thought I knew it all; I was like 'bring it on, I'm ready for it'," said Sheringham, who scored 46 goals in 153 games for United.[LNB]"With Manchester United we would go to places like Leicester and not give them a kick of the ball all through the game.[LNB]"Yet if the score was 0-0 with five minutes to go the Leicester fans would be going crazy because they were close to taking a point off Manchester United.[LNB]"But if we went there with Tottenham, in the same scenario the whole fans would have turned on the home team to get forward and have a go at us.[LNB]"But against Manchester United those same fans are still happy that they are getting a point.[LNB]"That's the difference. You have to win every game with Manchester United - that's not the case with any other club in the country. Perhaps Chelsea are getting to that stage as well."[LNB]Sheringham scored 125 goals in 277 games for Spurs in two spells, from 1993 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2003.[LNB]"It was a dream come true for me to join Tottenham. It's a fantastic club to play for - the stadium is beautiful, it's a proper arena to play in.[LNB]"We had a couple of good sides along the way and we were close to being very good but we just weren't close enough and that was the disappointing thing for me.[LNB]"I got frustrated because we weren't quite getting the success. We were a nearly team for so long and that was very disappointing."[LNB]Sheringham felt he had no option but to make the switch to Old Trafford, but admitted that he did not find the transition between the clubs easy.[LNB]"I got a little bit of stick when I first went there," he recalled." In the first year I didn't win anything and that was rammed right down my throat by a number of supporters.[LNB]"My first fixture when I left Tottenham was Manchester United v Tottenham at White Hart Lane on the first day of the season. I got a bit of stick that day. I played ok but I missed a penalty - I hit the post."[LNB]Better times were to come, though, not least the 1999 Champions League final when Sheringham - with United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel up in the box - cancelled out Bayern Munich's one-goal advantage in the first minute of added-on time before Ole Gunnar Solskj?struck the winner.[LNB]"That shows how late on it was in the game: you only chuck the goalkeeper up into the area for the last minutes to get a last-gasp goal," said Sheringham.[LNB]"We got the last-gasp goal and still scored another one after that; it was an amazing turnaround, an amazing feeling that we had won the treble."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports