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Fergie keeps his eye on the prize

19 Jan 2010 10:00:40

Fergie keeps his eye on the prize

SIR Alex Ferguson insists United are just as fired up by the Carling Cup derby as City. The Reds boss is a veteran of 26 domestic semi- final matches in comparison to debutant Roberto Mancini. But despite his extensive silverware collection and the fact the Blues are chasing their first trophy for 34 years, Fergie says the Reds have Wembley in their sights. "It is a popular argument that this means more to City," said Sir Alex. "But, as far as I am concerned, it is a semi-final. It doesn't matter how many you have played in, they are occasions you always want to do well in. "The rivalry creates far more emotion. You can't compare United and City to Rangers and Celtic, but we are obviously in the same City and they are also making a better fist of their league programme this year. "We have had to wait a long time for it to be like that. You have to recognise they are a competitor now." The Carlos Tevez factor is being hyped up in the build-up to the clash. Ferguson refused to stump up £25m for the Argentine forward last summer after having him on loan at Old Trafford for two seasons. Tevez finally jumped ship but the United boss doesn't expect the occasion to bother the South American. "I wouldn't have thought so. He always had a decent temperament," he said. "But what happens with him doesn't concern me. Plenty of players have left here to go to other clubs."


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