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20/07/2012 09:01

Papers: Reds still top dogs

Jeremy Cross writes in The Mirror...

United still No.1, says Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to knock Manchester City off their perch, insisting: "We are still the team to beat". The Blues have spent the summer celebrating after pipping arch-rivals United to the Premier League title on goal difference following a remarkable end to the season. But Fergie has wasted no time in trying to flatten the Blues’ euphoria after making it clear United are still the top dogs in England. He is convinced his side will hit back to put their neighbours in their place and he said: "You can analyse every game you want to, but we still lost the league on goal difference. It is the first time it has really happened to us. That is usually such a strong thing for us. If you lose the league like that it does not matter who it is, it’s hard to swallow, but once the season is over you have to say, 'Right OK, we will just go again'. That is the great quality we have at this club. People may say Manchester City are the team to beat – but I don’t agree with that. We are the team to beat because of the way we react, the way we have bounced back from losing the league in the past."

The quotes came from an interview on tour in which Sir Alex suggested Kenny Dalglish’s handling of the Luis Suarez racism case was a factor in him being sacked by Liverpool.

"I wasn't surprised at Kenny leaving," says Ferguson. "(Liverpool owner) John Henry has obviously looked at that (the Suarez incident) and felt it wasn't handled in the right way."

Sir Alex also believes Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to play for England again, but that Ryan Giggs can play into his 40s.

Many papers also run photos from United’s afternoon off in Durban, which comprised a round of golf for some players and a safari trip for others.

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