Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is feeling heat over Manchester United's title run-in

26 March 2010 06:01
The 68 year-old, whose emotions will at least be calmed by Wayne Rooney's return to full fitness following a concern over the forward's knee, must first endure title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal performing before United's Saturday evening encounter with Owen Coyle's team.

Ferguson infamously coined the phrase 'squeaky-bum time' to describe the tension of the title run-in and his so-called 'mind games' with rival managers during United's battle for Premier League supremacy have emphasised his determination to increase the pressure on those attempting to beat him to the prize.

 Related ArticlesBolton v Man United: previewLee aims to put one over ParkSir Alex on the title raceFerguson: 'Giggs for Wales? You're joking'Rooney fighting fit for Bolton tripSport on televisionBut rather than claiming to relish the build-up to crucial fixtures, Ferguson admits that he will be restless at the Reebok as he contemplates United's derby encounter.

Ferguson said: "I won't be [anxious] in a couple of weeks' time my horse is running at Aintree! But you still get keyed up for games and that's all part of it.

"It's probably at the time when the players are doing the warm up that you are sort of on your own in a sense because the staff are also out and about, doing their jobs.

"It's all right at Old Trafford because you have your office, but when you're away from home, there's always that killing time, walking about and sitting in your dressing room or whatever. But we're all the same, whether you're at the top of the league or at the bottom. That's what football does to you.

"It depends on the make-up of the person. Some people are relaxed about the game and don't show great emotions, but they still care.

"Deep down, they are probably turning inside-out like the rest of us because that is what the game does to you. That's the emotional aspect.

"But I think it tells that you still care about the game. Managers are subject to that more than anyone that uncertainty about winning a game, that anxiety, that apprehension about every game you play in simply because the result is important to you.

"You're in to win. If you lose, you can't lose too many or you lose your job. There is no one in the game more directly responsible for results than the manager.

"No matter which way you look at it, we're all subject to winning games of football and if not, we're on the dole line."

Ferguson, who dismissed suggestions that Ryan Giggs could make a return to international football with Wales at the age of 36, takes United to the Reebok knowing that they could slip from top to third by kick-off time if Chelsea and Arsenal avoid slip-ups against Aston Villa and Birmingham respectively.

And with the title race currently proving too close to call, Ferguson admits that he is anticipating a three-way fight to finish top on the final day of the season.

He said: "I'm trying to work out the run-ins and what the eventuality could be. I can't see anything other than possibly the last game unless somebody blows up.

"But the easiest way to solve the whole thing is to win our seven matches and we'll win the title.

"Bolton is a big game for us and every one will be that way. If we can win this one, it's on to the next one and the next one and the next one.

"It's not easy. Winning the league in our country is not easy, that's why our experience will be vital."

United winger Nani has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2014.

Source: Telegraph

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