Fergie backs Reds to stay cool
Sir Alex Ferguson believes his battle-hardened troops will be too much for City in tonight's clash at Old Trafford. Although the Reds go into the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final trailing 2-1, the United boss is confident the big-match experience of his players will prove the difference in what is set to be a powder-keg atmosphere. The spat between Carlos Tevez and Gary Neville during and following the first leg, married with the growing tension between the two clubs after City's cheeky Welcome to Manchester poster, means it is set to be one of the biggest clashes in derby history. But United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists his side knows how to handle the occasion. "We have had feisty games, competitive games, against the likes of Leeds, Liverpool since I have been here and player behaviour has always been good," he said. "We have never had any issues in big games. I am not worried about. it. Look at the record. "It is going to be a fantastic game. Maybe even better than last week's and we are ready for it." The Blues money-no-object clout has transformed the derby atmosphere but Fergie isn't fired by motivation to ram the cash advantage back down City's throats. "Tonight has nothing to do with anything other than it is a local derby and it is a semi-final," he said. "It doesn't matter if they had little money or whatever, it doesn't matter. It is a route to the final. "That is a good incentive. We showed last week we want to be in the final."
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