Man Utd news – Fergie hits back at critics, Giggs rules out Wales return, Spurs real threat

Fergie hits back at critics.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected suggestions that his side are only top because of failures at Chelsea and Arsenal.

Despite remaining unbeaten in the league this season, United have struggled away from home, picking up just two wins. In actual fact United have won fewer away games this season than Blackburn, Stoke and Blackpool.

Ferguson revealed, “Our performances have been wrongly assessed. There have been some away games that have been disappointing but there has not been a single home game that we did not dominate. Not one.

“You are always going to have a different appraisal of Manchester United to other clubs,” said Ferguson, who predicted United would improve over the coming weeks. “But it is good for the players to be reminded that sometimes we have to be perfect. It’s a fact of life. We have to keep raising the bar.”

Giggs rules out Wales return.

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has put an end to speculation linking him with a sensational return to International football.

Giggs hasn’t represented his country since 2007 but was linked to a comeback under the revolution of new manager Garry Speed. Although Giggs dismissed any possible playing role, it appears he would be willing to consider a coaching or advisory position.

“I am definitely not going to play again for Wales,” Giggs said. “I am just concentrating on playing for United. I know Gary will do a great job – he was a great player – and if he ever needed any help, advice or anything from me, that would be no problem. I just wish him all the best and I hope he can get Wales winning.”

Spurs real threat.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he is amazed by the transformation of Tottenham Hotspur into ‘realistic title contenders’.

Ferguson was full of praise for Harry Redknapp in the build up to their much-anticipated clash this Sunday.

“I can’t remember going to the Lane with Tottenham challenging for the title. That’s a measure of their change under Harry. He’s done a fantastic job. They have some really exciting players now.”

However, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp remains wary that United are yet to play at their full potential. “I don’t think they’ve hit the heights this year, in terms of playing as well but they keep winning games – that’s a fantastic achievement.

“Sooner or later they’re going to hit their top form, and then everybody’s going to be in real trouble.”

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