x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Ferguson looks to Chelsea after Blackburn win

Sir Alex Ferguson turns his attention to next weekend's clash with Chelsea after yesterday's 2-0 win leaves his champions two points behind the Premier League leaders.

Sir Alex Ferguson turned his attention to next weekend's clash with Chelsea after a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers left his champions two points behind the Premier League leaders. United looked well below par before seeing off a stubborn Blackburn side at Old Trafford here on Saturday thanks to expert finishes from Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney. But, as he has said repeatedly in recent weeks, Ferguson bristled at suggestions United are still struggling to find the form that has taken them to the last two European Champions' League finals and the last three Premier League titles.

As far as the veteran Scottish boss was concerned, United were on course. "The good thing about this club is we're experienced enough to know how difficult it is to win this league," said Ferguson. "It's not going to be any different this year. "We know mistakes are going to happen, we know you lose games you don't expect to lose but you go for the consistency and hope to carry on with that consistency. If we get to January and we're still in there then we will have a great chance."

United are currently battling with a number of injuries ahead of next weekend's meeting with Chelsea with Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand both ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow. Nemanja Vidic also sat out the Blackburn match, leaving Ferguson fielding an unfamiliar pairing of Jonny Evans and Wes Brown in the heart of the defence. "A lot was made about Ferdinand and Vidic being out today (Saturday)," said Ferguson. "But when you have Wes Brown and Jonny Evans as backup, you're not doing bad.

* AFP