Manchester United legend and club ambassador Denis Irwin has backed his former side to go all the way in this season’s Champions League.
The former Republic of Ireland international, who won the Champions League in 1999, served the Old Trafford club with distinction for over a decade, and will go down as one of the Premier League’s best ever left-backs.
Irwin admitted United are facing a massive month that will define their season, although he thinks with Jose Mourinho’s European track record that the Red Devils are in with a shout of winning this years Champions League.
“I think from here on in now, games do have a habit of tightening up,”
“So, there’s going to be a lot of close games and hopefully we keep doing defensively what we’ve been doing, and we’ve got enough going forwards now with Alexis coming in and Lukaku banging the goals in.
“Jesse (Lingard) has come in with a lot more this year, so there’s good avenues there.
“We just need to keep going because as I said at this stage of the season it starts to tighten up a bit now we’re coming to the money end of it.
“Obviously we got a huge win against Chelsea on Sunday, but there’s a huge battle I think for the top-four.”
“It’s a big month coming up with Seville and Brighton at home. We’ve just had Chelsea at home and got Liverpool at home as well.
“I think you’ve got to accept that City have got a very, very healthy lead and besides them having a huge, huge slip up, they’re going to win the league.
“So, it’s a battle to finish as high as possible. We’re in second place at the moment – and we seemed to be forever in sixth last year so that’s a huge improvement.
“Liverpool are a form team, Spurs are a form team, so it’s going to be very tight and very close, so we’ve just got to keep going to the end and hopefully finish as high as possible.
“The FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton will be difficult but you want your matches at home.
“In the Champions League, I think any one of 10 teams can win it and I’d include us in that because I think the manager knows how to win. You saw that in the Europa League last season.
“His history will tell you he knows how to win in Europe as well, so that will count for us.
“So, we’re in a very good position with an awful lot to play for in the last two-and-a-half months of the season.” He told the Press Association.
Irwin played for United between 1990-2002 and was an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team that dominated English football during that period.
He left United in 2002 to finish his career at Wolves having made 368 appearances for the Red Devils and won seven Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup and the Champions League.