Manchester United can win the Premier League - Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson says â€œyou need timeâ€ 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 seasonâ€™s
Premier League title is an open race.
â€œItâ€™s that kind of league, anyone can win it now.
Leicester are the most consistent â€“ theyâ€™ve only
lost one game. If we get to New Year up near the
top, weâ€™ll have a good chance,â€ said Ferguson.
United face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday
as they look to improve on their current standing of
third â€“ two points behind leaders and neighbours
â€œHe [Van Gaal] has certainly made a lot of changes
and heâ€™s bought (six) new players this year and, I
think, five or six new players the year before,â€ said
â€œThat takes time and itâ€™s not easy. Coming to
Manchester United, you do need time. In my time,
there was maybe Dwight Yorke who gave an
immediate response â€“ 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.â€
Ferguson, who was in New York to promote his new
book â€˜Leadingâ€™ also believes under-fire Wayne
Rooney will rediscover his best form.
â€œAll the strikers I had, everyone relied on their
confidence. When they were scoring they think they
can never stop, when theyâ€™re not scoring they think
theyâ€™re never going get a goal, itâ€™s a fact.
â€œWhen I was a striker I was the same; my dad used
to say make sure you hit the ball, donâ€™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 theyâ€™re back to
normal. I think weâ€™ll have to wait, itâ€™ll happen. He
[Rooney] will go on a run, donâ€™t worry about that.
â€œWayne was a typical English player, determined
when he came to United, so itâ€™s not a surprise that
he is the captain. Plus, thereâ€™s the longevity heâ€™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,â€ added Ferguson.
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