Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes the current Old Trafford crop will have surpassed the achievements of the legendary treble-winning side of 1999 if they can beat Barcelona in the Champions League final. United arrived in Rome on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s showpiece aiming to become the first side ever to win back-to-back Champions League crowns following last year's shootout success against Chelsea in Moscow. And should they successfully defend their European title against Pep Guardiola's free-scoring Catalans, Sheringham - who famously netted the dramatic 91st minute equaliser for United in their 1999 win over Bayern Munich - believes it will be an even greater feat than lifting the treble a decade ago. “If they’re not on a par [with the 1999 side] then they’re even better," he exclusively told FourFourTwo.com at the first ever all-female Football Aid Charity game at Goodison Park. "To go and not only win the Champions League and the title last year, but to then do it a second year in succession, would be fantastic, and I wouldn’t put it past Sir Alex to do that and make history again.” Sheringham believes his former manager will never satisfy his hunger for success, despite already spending over 20 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford. “I don’t think that will ever happen," he said. "He’s a very determined man and he’ll just keep trying hard to makes things work.” And the ex-England striker saluted former team-mate Ryan Giggs, who was named PFA Player of the Year last month, and said he expects the 35-year-old Welshman to continue playing for at least two more years. “He’s a top player. To win 11 titles is unbelievable and his commitment to the cause is amazing. He deserves every accolade that’s thrown at him and he’s up there with the best," he said. “Everyone has their own ideas as to how long they want to play for. He might want to bow out at the top or he might want to work down the leagues. "It’s hard to take when you go from playing every week for a top team to then being sat on the sidelines, but I expect him to keep going for a couple more years yet.” Teddy Sheringham is working with Wrigley's Extra, official chewing gum of the Premier League, to celebrate the tensions of added time. This season 57 goals were scored in these minutes that matter, influencing final league positions. Find out more at extra90plus.com NEWS: Sheringham tips Reds to reign in Rome NEWS: Evra - Marking Messi will be easy peasy NEWS: Messi - Classy Catalans deserve to win in Rome NEWS: Rijkaard: United have got no chance NEWS: Rio's Rome hopes hinge on Hull NEWS: Henry and Iniesta on course for final NEWS: O'Shea coy on Rome start speculation NEWS: Ferguson anticipating fantastic final NEWS: Foreign Office advice for fans heading to Rome NEWS: All white on the night for Reds in Rome UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter BARCELONA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Samuel Eto'o, Cesc Fabregas Web Exclusives Cesc Fabregas, Gary Lineker One on One Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronald Koeman Plus! Rate Barca players (and others) on Talentspotter
26 May 2009
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