Following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 1998-99 season, ensuring we beat Arsenal to the title by one point, Sir Alex Ferguson attended the press conference. He had his medal around his neck but a stern expression on his face.
United still had an FA Cup and European Cup final to play in, the then unprecedented Treble was offer to them, and Ferguson was keen to stress that none of them, himself included, would take their eye off the ball. The FA Cup final was played on the Saturday and the Champions League final was four days later, but the manager said his players wouldn’t be seeing the first game as anything lesser.
We’re maintaining the tradition that Sir Matt brought to this club. The bedrock of this club, without question, is what Sir Matt achieved. I’m privileged to have the chance to follow him. You’ve got to understand that this club is not about egos. Nobody is after chasing anyone’s records, it’s about maintaining success, and that’s why I’ll make sure that nobody gets carried away. You’ve got a job to do when you come to this club.