Shearer - 'I just don't know what we can achieve now'

Last updated : 27 January 2005 By Craig Hope (website editor)

United remain in both the FA and UEFA Cup competitions with the pair offering Shearer his final chance to lift some silverware for his hometown club.

Speaking to The Journal however Shearer spoke of the ill fortune that has beset the club in recent weeks and the danger of saying too much too soon with regards to cup success,

"I just don't know what we can achieve now.

"The FA Cup is a big competition for us - it always has been - and, with the Uefa Cup, we have now got two chances to win some silverware. I will keep keeping my fingers crossed, but I have been saying that for a few years now.

We have witnessed in previous seasons the familiar, ‘this year could be our year’ quotes uttered by the likes of Shearer and Robson only to surrender tamely in subsequent rounds. Our three cup exits last year at the hands of West Brom, Liverpool and Marseille were all achieved in undignified fashion with little evidence of a fight.

Shearer went onto speak of the ‘horrendous’ luck that has been afforded to Graeme Souness,

"The manager would never say this but he has had horrendous luck with injuries. 
We had thought over the last week or so that we were coming through the worst of it.  But then we picked up another one at Arsenal at the weekend.

The striker’s support of his boss is unquestioned with the ex-Blackburn pair appearing to have a good relationship that is born out of respect for one another.

It is this relationship between captain and manager that is our last hope of a unity and togetherness that will drive our underachieving club towards some long overdue silverware and present the greatest goalscorer of his generation with the send off that he ultimately deserves.