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Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United still chasing the title

Jan 24, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson lifts the English Premier League trophy at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester Reuters

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson still believes the Red Devils have a chance of retaining the Premier League.

No, seriously.

Speaking to the BBC following his appointment as a Uefa coaching ambassador on Friday, Ferguson failed to rule his old team out of winning the 2013-14 PL title.

The 72-year-old has watched on from the stands this season, as his predecessor David Moyes has struggled with life in charge at Old Trafford in his rookie campaign. Currently United are 14 points off Arsenal in top spot and many believe they will struggle to finish in the top four.

But not Fergie…

“I’m not writing anyone off,” Ferguson said. “Tottenham have started coming forward a bit now, Liverpool are doing very well, Everton are doing very well, City are doing fantastic and Arsenal are top of the league. With Jose [Mourinho] you expect them [Chelsea] to win games playing ugly, but all these teams are in there. United are in behind chasing. I find it very difficult to pick the top four. I find it even more difficult to say who is going to win the league.”

In the interview Ferguson also rubbished talk that Moyes is running out of time at Manchester United, despite suffering a torrid time during his first season in charge. The Scottish manager, who won 38 trophies during his 26 years in charge of United, admitted he can’t understand why chairman and directors are so quick to fire managers in this day in age.

One thing for sure is that Fergie knows what he’s talking about, as Uefa appointed him as a coaching ambassador which will see him give advice to coaches across Europe and spread some of his knowledge about the game to aspiring managers. A statement on Uefa’s website said that Ferguson will ” continue to attend Coach Education Workshops, as well as UEFA National Team Coaches Conferences and the UEFA Coach Education Student Exchange programme courses, passing on his unique insights to the next coaching generation.”

Ferguson knows the game inside out and if he says United still have a chance to win the title, you have to believe him.

But, not for the first time in his illustrious career, has Fergie’s judgement been blurred by his love for Manchester United and desire to see them succeed?

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