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Ferguson drops retirement hint

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Ferguson is approaching his 70th birthday. (©PAphotos)
Ferguson is approaching his 70th birthday. (©PAphotos).

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has dropped the strongest hint yet that his days at Old Trafford are coming to an end.

The Scot is on the brink of celebrating 25 years at United, and after securing the club's 12th league title in May, talks have already begun as to when the 69-year-old will call it a day.

Having built a side with the emphasis on youth this season, Ferguson is clearly laying the foundations once again, and doesn't see his managerial career ending before 2015.

"I've got three or four years left," Ferguson said. "I feel good. But when I do leave, I will leave in place a strong young team that will continue to succeed for my successor."

Another club who clearly have their eyes on long-term success, is rivals Manchester City who have invested heavily in their squad, training facilities and youth academy.

 

With the Manchester derby just over two weeks away, and with City level with United at the top of the Barclays Premier League, Ferguson admits his side have to be ready come derby day.

"I've said all along that would happen," Ferguson said of City's emergence. "They are a good team and they were always going to be there or thereabouts.

"Sergio Aguero was bound to do well, coming into the Premier League, because he is such a goal threat around the penalty box. David Silva is also a very good player. We just have to make sure we are ready for City when we meet them."

"All derbies are big now, that is the nature of the landscape," Ferguson added.

"The impetus City now have - they have a huge squad of players and the financial power to attract some of the best footballers in the world - actually changes the focus of the derby these days.

"The talking point isn't so much the actual game but the dynamics of how Manchester City have changed football and what we do to compete with that."

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