Fergie: Premiership is best in Europe - no question
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the Premiership is the top league in Europe after a breathtaking display by his Manchester United side against Roma.
Winners in 1999, they moved into the semi-finals of the Champions League alongside Chelsea and almost certainly Liverpool by routing the Italians 7-1 on the day, 8-3 on aggregate.
Michael Carrick (two), Cristiano Ronaldo (two), Wayne Rooney, Alan Smith and Patrice Evra got the goals on a magical night at Old Trafford to set up a showdown against either AC Milan or Bayern Munich.
United manager Ferguson said: 'The fact that three English teams should be in the semi-finals probably makes our league the best in Europe.
'Six or seven years ago Spanish football was the best. But on the evidence of this season Barcelona and Real Madrid are not as near to where they were in previous years.
'The competitive nature and the quality of the English game has improved over the seasons.'