Any of my players can find themselves playing in a final or vital league game – Man Utd’s Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson suggests he has a very deep squad that can see any of his players picked for an important cup final or league fixture.

Ahead of next week’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg with Real Madrid, Ferguson touched on veteran midfielder Paul Scholes missing a quarter-final against Inter Milan in 1999.

He said that any player has to be ready to step up when a big game approaches and added that he will be using his entire squad for the remainder of the campaign to allow that to happen.

"In 1999 I left Paul Scholes out of the quarter-final against Inter Milan yet he was the one who scored the goal that got us through," Sir Alex told MUTV.

"I left him out of the semi-final because I couldn't risk him and Roy Keane together as they were both on yellow cards. He accepted it graciously, came on, got booked and missed the final anyway.

"What did he do? He didn't let it affect him. He went on to become one of the greatest players this club has ever had.

"The players sense it could be a big year for them.

"But at this club, in this situation, anything can happen on the run-in. Players can all of a sudden find themselves playing in a final or an important league game because that is the kind of squad I have."

 

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