Ferguson starts City mind games

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Updated: July 26, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson has been playing mind games again, ahead of next month’s Community Shield by referring to Manchester City as the “noisy neighbours”.

Ferguson previously made the same comment back in September 2009, after Michael Owen’s injury-time winner at Old Trafford. At the time, City had not won a trophy in 35 years, but have since put that right by claiming the 2010 FA Cup.

The Eastlands club have also claimed a spot in this season’s Champions League group phase and look set to sign Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid.

Ferguson now admits that Roberto Mancini’s side are a serious threat to his team and says that is why he wants the noise turned down:

“It is addressing our noisy neighbours again,” said Ferguson.

“Last year I mucked up by giving the players too many half games in pre-season and not enough 90 minutes.”I will address that this year because when we played Fulham and Everton we were well short fitness wise.”

Sir Alex believes that the Premiership is wide open this season but feels that United’s fate is in their own hands:

“Anyone can win the league; ourselves, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea.”But when I look at it, our biggest challenge is ourselves.”

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