Manchester United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson has regretted his inability to win more than one UEFA Super Cup in a trophy-ladened Old Trafford career.
Despite playing three times in the competition, ferguson's United lost in 1999 and 2008 to Lazio and Zenit respectively thus failing to add to his solitary title in 1991 when he won against Red Star Belgrade.
Premier League scheduling meant the fixture, then played on Fridays in Monaco on both occasions, was not a priority for Ferguson.
"To be honest with you, when we became successful I didn't used to view the Super Cup as the most important thing," Ferguson told the club's television channel MUTV.
"It used to be in Monaco on the Friday night and we had to go and play [in the Premier League] on the Monday, which meant we only had two days' preparation.
"So, in the games against Lazio and Zenit I played a lot of the younger players. I'm sorry I did that and I'll tell you why – because Lazio treated it like the World Cup final.
"They're dancing about the touchline and I was raging, saying I should have put the full lot out for the way they were celebrating."
However Ferguson is still convinced he did the right thing as the Premier League was always going to be a priority for the team.
"But the long-term view was always win your league. There's a lot of tribalism in the Premier League and I think if you ask the supporters whether they would rather win the league or the Super Cup, I know what the answer is," he added.
"So we viewed it a little differently and, in hindsight, I wish I'd have gone for it. At the end of the day, history is history and we could have won the Super Cup three times – if we'd played properly in Rome against Barcelona [the 2009 Champions League final defeat], maybe another one. I think it's one of these big regrets."
United face Real Madrid on Tuesday night in Skopje, Macedonia and Ferguson is hopeful is former side will end up victorious.