Fergie wary of City threat

2011-10-04 18:58

Manchester - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson warned his players they would have to be at their best when they host big-spending city rivals Manchester City in their top-of-the-table Premier League clash on October 23.

Champions United and City are level on points, with the latter trailing United by a single goal.

The 69-year-old Scot, who once dismissed City as the 'noisy neighbours', said he was not surprised City had made a good start to the season.

"I've said all along that would happen," Ferguson told Inside United, the club's official magazine, on Tuesday.

"They are a good team and they were always going to be there or thereabouts.

"Sergio Aguero was bound to do well, coming into the Premier League, because he is such a goal threat around the penalty box. David Silva is also a very good player.

"We just have to make sure we are ready for City when we meet them."

Both United and City have yet to lose in the Premier League this season, holding identical records of six wins and one draw, and Ferguson admitted the whole dynamic of the derby had changed since their rivals' purchase by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi.

"All derbies are big now, that is the nature of the landscape," said Ferguson.

"The impetus City now have - they have a huge squad of players and the financial power to attract some of the best footballers in the world - actually changes the focus of the derby these days.

"The talking point isn't so much the actual game but the dynamics of how Manchester City have changed football and what we do to compete with that."


  • rightguard - 2011-10-04 20:26

    Still 3 weeks away and Fergie is already playing mind games!City can do same with .....Tevez

  • TRUE Red - 2011-10-05 15:00

    Man U, it's been a problem for us in recent years no doubt. Fantastic record against the fellow Top 4 rivals, but then they slack against mid & lower table teams. Over the last 2 years we unfortunately had too many problems off the pitch, which in my opinion played a major role in us losing our Top 4 status. BUT, that's behind us now. Good owners, our "own" in charge, who understands what it means to don the Liverbird on your chest, and a pretty decent squad, who are mostly fit. YES, will need a few more games to gel but NO MORE excuses, so I believe the future for us is good. Don't know about the immediate future, i.e. 15th October, but we've done it over you guy's 3 in a row at L4 now, so hoping for the same, but expecting a really tough game to be honest And thanks for the compliment mate BTW guy's, don't be so hard on Bob - you should notice most of it is banter & I commend him on his faith in our beloved club

      GreenBlood - 2011-10-06 15:21

      Yes, me a Scouser too - it'll be a tough game - the guys at ANFIELD always up their games against United.

      A(N)ON - 2011-10-07 12:18

      @True Red - banter I can handle but cr@p like scum, manure, etc. is totally unmerited. Hey I grew up in an era where Pool dominated and I listened to all of the same that the Pool fans are listening to - where the only piece of bragging rights was getting one over the arch enemy - de ja vu now except for a role reversal. I remember the comments from the then gallery - "you guys waited 25 years for the title - the next one will be in 25 years time". So yes, we can take the rivalry, the banter, the slander but ol' Bob dishes out verbal diarrhea - so if Bob continues with his abusive comments we will dish out more - nothing against the club or supporters but aimed only at the village idiot.

  • TRUE Red - 2011-10-05 15:01

    ok, where did all the comments go ?

      A(N)ON - 2011-10-06 09:33

      Cyberpatrol - some sensitive @$$ reported the comment - probably the 1st comment on the thread...

  • Bob - 2011-10-06 14:19

    Obviously the mod is a scum supporter.

      A(N)ON - 2011-10-06 15:13

      Nahh I think he supports United not Liverpool...

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