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Ferguson says United in for the long haul

Published 26/11/2006

Alex Ferguson insisted there were still plenty of positive to take out of

the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, not least that United proved they were

in the title hunt for them long haul.

``We proved we can compete and that when we reach the high levels of

performance we are the best team in the country at the moment,'' he said.

``The test for us now is to step forward from this because winning

championships is about beating other teams. If we want to win the title,

consistency is the name of the game.''

``It is disappointing to draw because we were in a winning position and

allowed them to get an equaliser,'' he said.

``They had a lot of possession but didn't create a chance. We did well on the

counter-attack and had two magnificent opportunities to get a second.

Chelsea boss Joe Mourhino said he was happy the way side came back in the second half.

``I think the result is deserved, because in the first half they were the best team and they scored - and in the second half Chelsea were best team," he said.

``When the game had finished I exchanged quick words with Sir Alex and we

agreed the result was very, very fair."

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