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18/12/2009 07:37

Papers: Blues not fazed

You don't faze us Fergie
Frank Lampard reckons Sir Alex Ferguson is up to his old mind-game tricks again. But the Chelsea midfielder has warned the Manchester United boss: They won't work on us. The table-topping Blues are three points ahead of Fergie's Red Devils in the Premier League title race. But the wily old Scot is trying to plant seeds of doubt in the leaders' minds by insisting his second-placed side will be on course to retain their crown if they remain on Chelsea's coat-tails until the New Year. But Lampard scoffed at Fergie's prediction, insisting: "It's a mind game, as simple as that. If we're in touching distance of them, then they might worry about us. They know we can put a run together as we did last year. Fair enough, Manchester United have a history of doing it but we've had a history of getting it right as well. We're very determined this year."
Paul Jiggins, The Sun

In other news, The Sun claims furious Wolves will tell the Barclays Premier League that Sir Alex has done exactly what Mick McCarthy has been accused of doing — and escaped any punishment. The Premier League have written to Wolves asking them to explain why their manager, McCarthy, made 10 changes to his team to play United on Tuesday. Wolves' written response will highlight specific examples involving United and ask why Sir Alex was not asked to explain.

There are quotes in many of the papers from Rio Ferdinand who insists there is "no question" he will be fit for next year's World Cup despite fears over his long-term fitness.

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