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Fergie warns Man United of ‘duty to entertain’ ahead of Champions League return

Date Posted,May 30, 2017

Sir Alex Ferguson has reminded Manchester United ‘you have a duty to entertain’ ahead of their return to the Champions League.

The Red Devils’ victory in the Europa League final against Ajax means they will return to Europe’s top table next term.

Speaking ahead of this season’s Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid in Cardiff, Fergie stressed the importance of entertaining the fans as well as producing winning football.

“The counter attack has become more prominent today; the condition of pitches is superb today; and also the protection of footballers has become more prevalent,” he told

Sir Alex won the Champions League with United in 1999 (Photo: Getty)
Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the UEFA Europa League with staff and players holding up three fingers to indicate the 'treble'
Mourinho will take charge of United in next season’s Champions League (Photo: BPI/REX/Shutterstock)

“So a lot of these things add up to what you’re seeing as a far better spectacle.

“I think you have a duty and a responsibility to entertain. We have to always remember that there’s a public to be entertained.

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“In my time at United, it was ‘as long as you win.’ If it was 4-3, OK, or 5-4, OK. My last game was 5-5 (at West Brom in 2013).

“I couldn’t ask for a better score in my last game at United.”

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