Manchester United can win the Premier League - Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson says “you need time” at

Manchester United and believes they have a

chance to win the Premier League this season.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the former

Old Trafford boss, who won 13 Premier League

titles during a 26-year spell at the club, said that the

inconsistent form shown by many clubs in the early

part of the campaign means that this season’s

Premier League title is an open race.

“It’s that kind of league, anyone can win it now.

Leicester are the most consistent – they’ve only

lost one game. If we get to New Year up near the

top, we’ll have a good chance,” said Ferguson.

United face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday

as they look to improve on their current standing of

third – two points behind leaders and neighbours

Man City.

“He [Van Gaal] has certainly made a lot of changes

and he’s bought (six) new players this year and, I

think, five or six new players the year before,” said


“That takes time and it’s not easy. Coming to

Manchester United, you do need time. In my time,

there was maybe Dwight Yorke who gave an

immediate response – he was fantastic from day

one. They are not always like that; he was an

exception. It normally takes some time, particularly

if they come from abroad, to settle in.”

Ferguson, who was in New York to promote his new

book ‘Leading’ also believes under-fire Wayne

Rooney will rediscover his best form.

“All the strikers I had, everyone relied on their

confidence. When they were scoring they think they

can never stop, when they’re not scoring they think

they’re never going get a goal, it’s a fact.

“When I was a striker I was the same; my dad used

to say make sure you hit the ball, don’t try and

pass it in the net. Eric Cantona had it, [Ruud] van

Nistelrooy had it, [Andy] Cole had it and then the

rich stream comes along again and they’re back to

normal. I think we’ll have to wait, it’ll happen. He

[Rooney] will go on a run, don’t worry about that.

“Wayne was a typical English player, determined

when he came to United, so it’s not a surprise that

he is the captain. Plus, there’s the longevity he’s

been there, over 10 years, so that all works into the

way United work. If my captains were injured, it

was always the case that the most senior players

became captain,” added Ferguson.



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