Last updated : 21 January 2003 By editor
Ferguson said:

"I know people have questioned my attitude towards the League Cup but I've always had the greatest respect for this competition in its different guises.It's high time we won it again and I say that in a bullish mood because we have lost only one semi-final in my time at Old Trafford, and that wasn't in open play either."

"What a marvellous boost it would be if we could book a big day at the Millennium Stadium at this stage of the season. I believe it would fire us up even more for the Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup."

"We are feeling positive but at the same time taking nothing for granted. Blackburn have a shrewd manager in Graeme Souness and some experienced played who know what they are doing.”