Ferguson confident of defending Premier League title

December 27th, 2008 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 27 (ANI): Fresh from the FIFA Club World Cup win in Japan, Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that they can now launch a successful defence of their Premier League title.

At this stage of the season coming from back from Japan, the energy was good and I think we have handled it well, The Mirror quoted Ferguson, as saying.

If we can get to New Years Day a couple of points adrift of the leaders we will be very happy with that. Second half of the season we expect to kick on a bit and we have given ourselves a great chance if we get in that position, he added.

But Ferguson is concerned about central defender Rio Ferdinands persistent back problems, which ruled him out here.

He said: We have to get to the root of this because he has had this back problem too long. Maybe in 10 days he should be O K.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney could be hit with FA charges after lashing out in Manchester Uniteds stormy 1-0 win at Stoke.

Rooney and Ronaldo both escaped punishment at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson was sent off on Friday.

But England striker Rooney was lucky to stay on the pitch after elbowing City captain Abdoulaye Faye in the chest.

Ronaldos kick at Wilkinson also went unpunished by referee Chris Foy, who sent the defender off for later retaliating in the 72nd minute.

And the FA could retrospectively punish the pair as officials missed both flashpoints. (ANI)

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