Sir Alex Ferguson Does Not Intend to Retire

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not plan to retire, and will attempt to win a 20th Premier League title for his club this campaign.

"I did that silly thing where I said I was going to retire some years ago," said Ferguson.

"Cathy put a stop to that.

"Now the situation has changed. You come to realise as you get older that you have been on the treadmill for such a long time, you don't want to get off it. So I will keep going, working."

"I am confident because I trust the players and I feel we have had a nucleus of young players developing for a while," Ferguson said.

"We had a few out on loan last year and they have come back as better players. We had 13 players under the age of 22 in the United States [for pre-season games]. So it is looking like a very young squad. Darren Fletcher is one of the older ones, at 27."

"Darren is back training now," Ferguson said. "He will play for the reserves on Monday. He has put weight back on and is doing great.

"When Darren joined us at 15, he had a lot of problems with his ankles and missed a lot of foundation work at the club. He had the resolve and perseverance after that to get to where he is, he has worked his socks off. He is a big-game player; he excels in temperament and discipline, obeying instructions to the letter of the law. In big games you need that."

"All they want to do is play football," said Ferguson.

"That's the hold I have over them, that's my strength. No matter about their private lives, their egos, they all want to play football and all want to win.

"Most of these boys say they are working class but they are not. Their fathers or grandfathers might have been but they're not. I try very hard to make them think as if they are working class. It's an important issue that, a quality. You have to know what it means to be working class and what a working-class ethic is."

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