Fergie dismisses Blues threat
Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo they would not be going to Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final with Everton. At least he could offer the Champions League as an alternative. Hughes can't, which just makes handling the expanding collection of talent gathered at Eastlands all the more problematic. Problematic for United too as, together with Real Madrid, City have managed to bloat the transfer market to such an extent £50million price-tags are being placed on players who have no background. No wonder he has withdrawn from action. ?Real Madrid are different to Manchester City,? said Ferguson. ?They have an unusual culture of not really bothering about money because they can use their name to write off debt. No Spanish bank will ever close them down. ?Manchester City's culture is about cash. It is about having money and using it.? United have benefited of course. But Ferguson has opted to use only a fraction of the incredible £80million pot Madrid presented him with for Cristiano Ronaldo, bringing in Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan to a squad expected to challenge for an unprecedented fourth consecutive title; challenging with, he thinks, Chelsea, Liverpool and, maybe, Arsenal. ?I see Chelsea and Liverpool as the main threats because they have the experience and they are consistent,? he said. ?They are hard to beat. That won't change. But I can't make up my mind about who is the better team. There is not much between them. ?Arsenal have the biggest job to do because they have sold Adebayor and don't seem to have the money the rest have got. ?How Arsene develops his team will be his biggest test. ?The one thing we know about Arsenal is that they will play some of the best football you will see and they will create chances. They could easily re-establish themselves and challenge for the league again.? And with that, Ferguson is done, ready to embark on another rollercoaster year, knowing one more title will bring immortality for a team aiming to achieve something not done in the previous 130 years. ?We have won the title for the last three years and in the history of the English game no-one has ever won four,? he said. ?That tells you what a competitive league it is. ?Lyon won their league seven times in a row. Dynamo Kiev won nine, as have Celtic and Rangers. Dinamo Berlin 11 in the old East Germany. You will never get that in the English game. ?I am in charge of a football club that has the right philosophy. I have had fantastic moments here. I have 76,000 watching my team in every home game. I shouldn't really concern myself about another team in the same city, no matter what they do.?