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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Quotes of the day

Fergie confirms Evra signing

"He is a good age and is still developing as a player, which is always exciting. We have been monitoring him all season and it is fantastic that he is joining Manchester United"

Ole on his return

"I am hoping that I will get back on the same level as before, but I know it will be very difficult. It will require much hard work and a long time. It will surely take months, maybe the end of the season, before we know how the knee will react. "

Tommy Doc hits out at Fergie

"I think Fergie should jack it in now. He's had great success but I think he's stayed on too long at United. The Burton game was a case in point. People want to remember him for what he did at United, not for what he is in grave danger of undoing. I think his decision- making right now leaves a lot to be desired."

Burton's Darren Stride

“We felt after 20 minutes some United players didn’t fancy it. Some of them didn’t want to be there at all. They didn’t want to get hurt and didn’t like the pitch. We had said we didn’t want to be embarrassed. It became clear we weren’t going to be. We just thought ‘s*** when Rooney came on!’ Rooney definitely wanted it. He was up for it.” When we saw the team sheet without some of their big players we thought we had a chance. The gaffer said 'they've given us a chance'. They still had players who have won European Cups but we were still optimistic. We created the better chances and they were forced into playing the long ball in the second half. We went out with the intention of not disappointing ourselves or getting embarrassed. But as the game progressed we were amazed that we were allowed to play so much football. They'll put a stronger team out in the replay. I don't think they'll take any chances."

Fergie looks back and forward

"We have been trying to rebuild like this for the last two years. The problems come when you have a group of players who you have got used to and they have grown up with you, but when you see them getting older it's not an easy decision to make in some cases. But evolution happens and there is no team in the world that stays together forever more. I'm very happy with the present squad and the intention is to bring this team together and let it grow together, just as we have with other teams in the past. This club always looks towards the long term but it can be hard to maintain your success and plan for the future. But we are not that far away from it and we think this present squad staying together can achieve that."


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