Monday, 26th March, 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written off the threat Liverpool will pose the Red Devils over the next decade by omitting them from the list of sides he believes will enjoy great teams over the period.

Kenny Dalglish’s men were expected to challenge for a top four spot this season after spending over £100M since the Scot took charge just over one year ago.

But Liverpool have faltered, losing ten of their 30 Premier League games so far this season and scoring just 36 goals in the process, seven less than relegation strugglers Blackburn Rovers and comfortably behind the league’s top six – Liverpool sit seventh at present.

Ferguson has watched closely as Manchester City have put together a genuine title push, while Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have competed fiercely to make up the top four, despite each undergoing challenging periods throughout the season.

And it is from these teams that Ferguson sees a threat.

"I think what we’ve got to get used to, and every United and City fan too, is that there’s going to be big games involving the two teams – semi-finals, finals, whatever – for the next decade anyway", the veteran boss told his club’s official site about the Citizens’ rise, before looking to other threats.

"The two of us will be at the forefront. But I also think Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham can stabilise themselves and can have great teams in the future."

Manchester United are next in action this evening when they take on Fulham at Old Trafford. Just a point will be enough to send the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League, ahead of Manchester City.

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