United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he is expecting a stronger challenge from the blues next season.
Ferguson, who last summer declared City wouldn’t break into the top four, said “With the experience of last year behind them they’ll be better equipped to go for the title because they will spend big money again.”
The United boss also claims that it will be more difficult to win the title next season, claiming he can hear the ‘galloping hooves’ of the chasing pack, acknowledging that Spurs will also be contenders next season, making the race not only for the top four, but the title itself wide open.
His comments are in stark contrast to those of last year, when he referred to City as nothing more than ‘noisy neighbours’ and embarked on a war of words with then City manager Mark Hughes over the signing of Carlos Tevez.
But throughout the season, it was clear Ferguson was giving the blues more and more thought, none more so than when he abandoned his ‘kids’ team for the League Cup semi-final to play his strongest team possible at Eastlands and Old Trafford.
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