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Fergie: No retirement date

07 Mar 2008 - 13:22:41

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has denied reports that he is looking to step down in three years' time.

Reports in Friday morning's press claimed the 66-year-old Scot was looking to bring down the curtain on his trophy-filled Old Trafford tenure in the 25th anniversary of his arrival at the club.

However, Ferguson has denied claims he is has already set his sights on retiring in 2011.

"I'm not putting a time limit on it, it's impossible," he claimed when asked about his planned retirement.

"It's something I have said for quite a while. If you are fit and healthy and enjoying your job, then who knows?

"Two, three, maybe four years, it's difficult to pigeon-hole myself on that one."

Earlier on Friday, the veteran United chief was quoted as saying: "I'm getting beyond the future now. I still have a lot of passion. I'm still happy.

"But I'm 66 now, maybe three years more, then I'll finish."

Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed that Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are both likely starters for Saturday's FA Cup sixth round clash with Portsmouth after missing the midweek Champions League victory over Lyon.

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