Sir Alex Ferguson once famously declared that his main aim at Manchester United was to knock Liverpool off of their league title perch and over the course of his 26 years he has got the better of the club's closest rivals winning 19 trophies over the Red's 18. Now the Scot wants to match and then better Liverpool's European trophy tally of five.
Ferguson has long lamented the fact that his teams have not won more European titles. The Red Devils have only won the competition three times, which could be seen as far too few for a giant club such as United. After advancing to the next round of the 2012-13 competition, Ferguson has issued a challenge to his team to match Liverpool's trophy haul of five.
"In terms of the history of our club, we should have won more and I want to win it again and get into the bracket of winners like Liverpool, our biggest rivals, Bayern Munich and Ajax," Ferguson said. "AC Milan and Real Madrid have got separated from the rest but that definitely drives me on a bit."
United had a great opportunity to match Liverpool's record over the past couple of years by making it to the Champions League final twice where they lost to a superior Barcelona team. Winning two European titles during his reign as United manager is nothing to be ignored however, and Ferguson will be aiming to match former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley's three at the end of this season's Champions League campaign.Tags: Champions League, Liverpool, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer