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Ferguson admits Man U feeling pressure from Man City

July 19, 2011 - London

Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that Manchester City have become a "thorn in our flesh" and that Manchester United now view their neighbours as a genuine threat for honours.

Ferguson, in a wide-ranging interview during Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States, also suggested Roman Abramovich had made a "bold" move by appointing the 33-year-old Andre Villas Boas as Chelsea manager, while forecasting a challenge ahead for both Liverpool and Arsenal if they are to emerge as title contenders this season.

"There was a period not so long ago when they (Manchester City) were actually in the second division. They were never a thorn in our flesh. Every year, we have had to contend with Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool. Nothing changes, one of them will always be a thorn in our flesh because you cannot change history," The Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

"But it [success] takes the pressure off the manager and gives confidence to the players. We have experienced that ourselves and we expect them [City] to be challengers next year. Winning a trophy does a power of good," he added.


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