After Man United’s loss to Young Boys, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Hard to argue against the red card. We were a bit lazy on blocking the cross on the first goal.
“You need 10-12 points to go through, we have to win our home games and win one away, last year we won our two first games against PSG and RBL, everyone thought we were through. We have 5 games left.”
With the comments, some United fans were fuming, raising questions on how Sir Alex Ferguson would react to this kind of a quote.
Interestingly, Sir Alex was actually the biggest believer of the ’10-points theory’ – which indicates that a team only needs about 10 points to get past the Champions League group stages.
Speaking about this back in 2003, Sir Alex had said: “I just want 10 points and I don’t care where they come from.
“I do think this Champions League format might be better. For the last few years I’ve thought the first stage was a bit dead, the thing only got going after Christmas. This time it should be exciting from the word go.”
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson prominently believed that as long as his Man United teams reached the 10-point mark in the Champions League group stages, they’d get into the knockout rounds.
This could even be reflected as near as United’s Champions League outcomes last season when they finished their group with 9 points but could’ve qualified into the knockout rounds if they had drawn their final game against RB Leipzig and reached the 10-point mark.
It’s moreover, too early to panic as the Red Devils have 5 more group games to go and will look to get their first win when they host Villarreal at Old Trafford in a few weeks’ time.