Saturday, May 10, 2008


One win from the title, another from Champions League glory and even the sun is shining in Manchester. The mood in the United camp couldn't be better.

Contrary to a claim from Chelsea’s Michael Ballack that the run-up to Sunday's match at Wigan would be “the longest week of the Reds players’ lives”, the United squad is relishing a ten-day period that could yield a glorious double.

"It’s great to be at training knowing you are working to try and win the title and Champions League," says Mikael Silvestre.

"The thought of playing my part was the main reason I was so keen to get back from my injury. I knew we'd do well this season and go far in both competitions.

“There is a great atmosphere among the players because we're so close [to success]. Everybody is enjoying it, and with the sun outside it is a great time for us!"

There is undoubted pressure on the Reds to deliver in two high-stakes encounters, starting with Sunday’s clash at the JJB, but United’s belief shows no signs of wilting.

“We kept our cool against West Ham,” adds Mikael. “We need to do the same at Wigan. Scoring early would be ideal, but we all believe we'll go on to win the league.”

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