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Last Updated: Monday, 26 December 2005, 08:06 GMT
Ferguson not planning retirement
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed speculation about his future as manager of Manchester United and promised to continue in the job.

United failed to progress beyond the group stages of the Champions League and trail in the Premiership title race, sparking rumours over his future.

But he told The Sun: "Despite people suggesting my time is up as manager of United, I'm determined to carry on.

"I will stay until I am happy this club is back on track."

He added: "It won't be easy because the standard in the Premiership is higher than it has ever been, not just at the top with Chelsea but all the way down to the teams fighting to stay up.

"I am unbowed, though - as fit and committed as ever - and I look forward to taking Manchester United forward again in 2006."

Ferguson is set to bolster his squad with the signing of Serbia & Montenegro defender Nemanja Vidic and said: "We are in a rebuilding phase and it takes time, but I think that we are getting there.

"I'm happy to say the players are working hard and are in the mood to turn things around.

"We have more senior men back now so the young ones don't have to carry the banner alone.

"I'm looking forward to 2006 more than ever because I feel we're at the point of turning things round after a difficult year."


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