Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

We won't rest on laurels - Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson is already looking ahead to next year's campaign
Sir Alex Ferguson is already looking ahead to next year's campaign

The Glazer family have assured Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson they intend to "kick on" from the club's record 20th championship.

United will not get their hands on the Premier League trophy for another fortnight, yet already minds are turning to the best way of strengthening Ferguson's squad. Whilst the United boss believes only a couple of additions are required, he has been told additional cash will be available if the right man comes along.

"Having spoken with the Glazer family, there is every intention to kick on," Ferguson said. "We possibly need two players. It depends. If a player came along who met our criteria we would push the boat out and get him, irrespective of how many players we have."

It is bad news for United's domestic rivals, given they are already well behind. Not that such an easy stroll to championship glory can be anticipated next term, with Manchester City sure to strengthen and Ferguson expecting a renewed threat from Chelsea, especially if Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea will definitely be involved next year," the Scot said. "They have some good players and it looks likely Mourinho will be going there."

United head to Arsenal still with the aim of reaching Chelsea's Premier League points record of 95 points, which they would eclipse by winning their remaining four games. It is those little targets that allow Ferguson to attain so many big ones, and ensure he is never short of an incentive to motivate his players.

"I said last week I don't mind winning the league in the last game of the season," he said.

"Now we have won the league with four games left, I look at it as being one thing to win the league, another to do it by beating the record. Ninety-six points would be phenomenal. I don't know if that could ever be beaten."

Ferguson has a few "bumps and bruises" to assess before he finalises his line-up although Paul Scholes will not be in it. However, Ferguson is hopeful of having the veteran midfielder, who has not played since January due to a knee injury, back to make what could be his farewell appearance against Swansea at Old Trafford on May 12.

"Paul is back training now," Ferguson said. "He has been training for a week and is obviously not ready for Sunday but hopefully we will have him ready for Swansea in the last home game of the season."

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