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Ferguson targets Europe record

ALEX Ferguson is closer to fulfilling his last great objective for the club: matching its stature with a better return of European Cups.

In his 23-year reign as manager, Ferguson has supplied two of United's three continental triumphs and has said adding another two would allow him to retire satisfied.

A 3-1 win provided Ferguson with ample evidence that his players can become the first team to defend the trophy in its post-1993 format.

"I think we're capable of winning, I do," Ferguson predicted. "This team has the vision, the drive, the ability to play and they play under pressure. There were moments when Arsenal committed themselves very aggressively towards us but we handled it, we coped with it well.

"This team has got a lot going for it."

Ferguson wants a victory in Rome on May 27 to hoist the three-time champion up the European Cup leaderboard. Real Madrid has won the competition nine times, AC Milan (7), Liverpool (5), Bayern Munich (4) and Ajax (4).

"We should have won this cup more times than we have," the 67-year-old Scot said.

The Red Devils are on course for an unprecedented quadruple this season.

The Club World Cup and League Cup have already been captured, and the English Premier League title defense is moving closer.

United has a three-point lead over Liverpool with three matches remaining and a game in hand.


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