Fergie opts for current crop
Sun, Dec 28, 2008
The New Paper

MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be happy to see out the season with the current crop of players at his disposal.

Ferguson has confirmed he has no intention of recruiting top names when the window reopens next week.

Instead his focus remains on ensuring United are on the shoulders of the Premier League leaders going into the new year.

Ferguson feels they have the personnel to cope with remainder of the campaign.

He said: 'I do not think there will be any January transfers. I am happy with what I have got. We are probably going to bring back a couple of young players who have been on loan. That may just give us extra protection.

'We took 23 players to Japan (for the Club World Cup) and they are very substantial players. I would be happy to play any one of them.

'Winning the competition was a great boost to the club and the players. It was a great achievement and the important thing was they played well.'

While United were away in Japan, the top two - Liverpool and Chelsea - dropped points.

High ground

Ferguson is now intent on regaining the high ground.

He said: 'If we get within a point or two of the leaders by New Year's Day then we are in with a chance.

'The second half of the season is the most important because if you lose a game it means something, particularly when you get to March and April.'

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