This is perhaps not a vintage Manchester United team reminiscent of years gone by. There is, however, one trait that courses through the veins of every man who pulls that shirt over his head: a never-say-die attitude. Go that extra step, lay yourself on the line, do whatever it takes, but do not wave the white flag. It is a quality that keeps them in touch with their counterparts from the past, and sets them apart from their present-day rivals.
“Ashley’s terrific. He’s come back from injury and done really well and I was pleased for him to get our first goal tonight.”
- Phil Jones (Europa League 2011/12: Ajax Amsterdam 0 - Manchester United 2)
“I always say I don’t care if I score or not. The most important thing (about my goal against Ajax) is that we have two away goals instead of just one, that will help us a lot. We can’t say we are already through, however, as there are still another 90 minutes to play. We have to go and finish this at home.”
- Javier Hernandez (Europa League 2011/12: Ajax Amsterdam 0 - Manchester United 2)
“The team is the star, not only one player. We’re going to win because it’s the team effort and team spirit. I’ve said that from the beginning; in six years playing here, the Man United spirit… no one team has got that spirit. This is United. This is why I’m so proud to play here.”
– Patrice Evra.
“We respect all our opponents. We’ve taken that lesson from Basel. No matter which team you play in Europe they’re always capable of producing good players and teams that can worry you.”- Sir Alex Ferguson
6th Clean Sheet
Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers