Any wonder why people don’t like Manchester United? Today, Ryan Giggs has given an interview claiming that despite winning the Premiership title and European Cup, the shine was taken off last season by not winning the FA Cup.
Let’s remember that just one team on one occasion has lifted all three trophies and that was of course us in 1999. In the history of English football, only once has it been achieved, yet Giggsy is disappointed we didn’t manage it twice in less than 10 years! Classic.
“That grates with us because the Treble was possible last season,” said Giggs. “We should have beaten Portsmouth in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Strangely, that took the shine off the season for some of us. We knew we wouldn’t have a better chance of doing the Treble again.”
It all went from bad to worse in that match. After being denied a stonewall penalty early on, our substitute keeper, Kuszczak, was sent off after conceding a penalty, meaning Rio Ferdinand had to go in net. After already knocking out Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, the road to Wembley would have been painfully easy. We were the only Premiership Portsmouth played in the FA Cup last season, and after knocking them out, the remaining teams would have been West Brom, Cardiff and Barnsley. Gutted.
Giggs has turned his attention to this season though, outlining his desire to win a third European Cup. “I want to defend the Champions League trophy successfully this season,” he said. “That’s something nobody has done since it changed its format. That’s the motivation for all of us.”