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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Ban frustrates Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted it will be a strange feeling to watch Manchester United from the stands when they play Fulham on Saturday.

Ferguson is set to serve a two-match touchline ban after being found guilty by the Football Association of misconduct following a verbal outburst against officials at Newcastle in August.

"It is not the best situation to be honest with you," said Ferguson.

"But we have a telephone link that will help me keep in contact with (coach) Mike Phelan.

"If we lose it will be Mike's fault!," he added.

We always feel we can improve in the second half of the season
Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson believes his team are on the right track after their midweek Champions League win at Rangers, and revealed the players are confident they can continue their success.

"The form of the team has been good. We have played consistently and there is a good spirit among the players.

"They showed that again against Rangers. What we hope to do is maintain that consistency up to the New Year.

"We always feel we can improve in the second half of the season.

"The Rangers tie was a British game played in a European context. The pitch was terrific, the atmosphere was marvellous. It was relentless," Ferguson added.

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