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Ferguson: United will be right back at Chelsea
Published : 14 May 2010 10:15:34Rss feed
Sir Alex Ferguson has thrown down the gauntlet to Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea and vowed: We'll be back. Manchester United lost this season's title by one point to the Blues, who could go on to complete the domestic double if they overcome Portsmouth in Saturday's FA Cup final. Ferguson has only the Carling Cup to show for his efforts this term, but he is ready to go all out to wrest the championship back from Stamford Bridge and chalk up a record 19th title for the Reds. It was a disappointment but you can agonise over these things and I'm experienced to know you can't win them all, said Ferguson. What you try to do is recover from every defeat and try to regain the upper hand next season. It's a challenge. A few years ago it was Arsenal, then it was Chelsea, and each time we've managed to raise the bar at our football club - and that is exactly what we are going to do next year. Ferguson is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 68 and is as motivated as ever to bring more silverware to Old Trafford.I'm at the right club, he added. It's easy to be motivated at Manchester United simply because of the great players we've had over the years. Also what drives me on is expectation. In the modern world, once you achieve some success, the next step is to deal with the expectation and it's very difficult. Challenge But it's a challenge and if you don't want that challenge you won't survive. And I've always accepted the challenge. Meanwhile, Paul Scholes discussed his decision to turn down Fabio Capello's invitation to come out of international retirement and join the England squad with Ferguson. The 35-year-old midfielder called time on his England career six years ago but boss Capello was hoping to persuade him into a rethink ahead of the World Cup. Ferguson revealed he spoke to Scholes and told him to go with his "gut instinct". "Paul made his decision years ago," said Ferguson. "I think Fabio did the right thing to give him the opportunity to come back but he's established with his family, he enjoys his family life and I don't think it was a goer. "He spoke to me and I told him to go with his gut instinct, and his gut instinct was to stay where he was." Injury-hit Red Devils pair Owen Hargreaves and Gary Neville missed out on Capello's 30-man training squad, and Ferguson backed Capello's selection decision. "Owen has not had enough football so you couldn't honestly pick him, that's straightforward," he added. "Gary has had injury problems over the last few years and I'm sure Fabio has taken that into consideration and he's well covered." Ferguson was presented with the Virgin Active Outstanding Contribution to British Sport Award at the Sport Industry Awards 2010 on Thursday night, receiving the trophy from Capello. Will United battle back to win next year's title? Have your say.
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