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Ferguson believes his side capable of lifting the title

‘Key to success at our club are the ones sitting on the bench’


Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United's 7-1 Champions League demolition of Roma proves they have the strength to win the treble.

Ferguson's side produced what he claimed was the greatest European performanc­e he had ever seen at Old Trafford as they advanced to the semifinals with a stunning display on Tuesday.

Greatest night

"In a European sense it is my greatest night here. You never expect a scoreline like 7-1. But saying that the quality of our game was so high that once we scored two or three you felt we were going Manchester United (ENG) 7 (Carrick 11, 60, Smith 17, Rooney 19, Ronaldo 44, 49, Evra 81) Roma (ITA) 1 (De Rossi 69) Manchester United win 8-3 on aggregate Valencia (ESP) 1 (Morientes 32) Chelsea (ENG) 2 (Shevchenko 52, Essien 90) Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate to do something big here,” said Ferguson.

"I think it was a special night. Hopefully it's not a one-off, but certainly the number of goals and the quality of them, it's difficult to think you are going to get that again. "I said some months ago that the key to success at our club are the ones sitting on the bench.

"The players that have come in have responded to the challenge and I don't think they have looked out of place. We looked like men tonight.

"That is the kind of quality we have. It is difficult to lose two games at a club like this but we are able to respond to that pressure.

"I think they have to win something and hopefully they can do that. The way they are playing and enjoying their football they deserve it,” Ferguson added.

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