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Football: Fergie targets Chelsea record points total

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has set his high-flying team a record target for this season. United lead cross-town rivals Manchester City by 15 points with just nine games remaining and most pundits have suggested the title race is already over. But rather than take their foot off the gas, Ferguson wants his team to chase Chelsea's record Premier League points haul. "The record is 95 points by Chelsea," Ferguson told Sirius XM. "If we get to 95 points I would be absolutely delighted. That would be a fantastic season.

Football: Rio will report for England duty - Ferguson

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed that centre-back Rio Ferdinand will link up with the England squad on Monday. The 34-year-old was on Thursday recalled by England manager Roy Hodgson for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Ferguson had previously hinted that Ferdinand might decide to withdraw from the squad due to concerns about his long-term fitness, having not played for his country since June 2011. However, when asked if the defender would join up with the national squad next week, Ferguson told ESPN: "Yes."

Football: Ferguson casts doubt on Ferdinand's England recall

Alex Ferguson says it is not certain that recalled Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will take his place in the England squad for their forthcoming internationals with San Marino and Montenegro. Ferdinand was a surprise name in the England squad selected by Roy Hodgson this week after previously being overlooked by the national team manager. But Ferguson says concerns about Ferdinand's fitness may mean that he withdraws himself from the squad.

Football: De Gea kept us in the cup, admits Ferguson

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson hailed goalkeeper David de Gea after his superb late save against Chelsea kept the Premier League leaders in the FA Cup. United led 2-0 after 11 minutes of Sunday's quarter-final but Chelsea hit back to level the score in the second half and the hosts were left hanging on in the dying stages. Chelsea could have snatched a winning goal in the last minute of normal time, when Juan Mata cushioned a high ball and stepped inside Jonny Evans before blasting a shot at goal.

Football: Benitez accuses Ferguson in 'education' jibe

Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez has risked sparking a fresh war with Alex Ferguson by appearing to question the Manchester United manager's "education". The pair frequently clashed during Benitez's previous stint at Liverpool and the bad blood was in evidence again during Sunday's 2-2 draw between the sides in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford. United led 2-0 through early goals from Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney, but the hosts took their foot off the pedal and Chelsea hit back through Eden Hazard and Ramires to force a replay.

Soccer-Ferguson snubs Benitez as feud simmers on

By Sonia Oxley MANCHESTER, England, March 10 (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez accused his Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson of failing to shake hands before their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday in the latest chapter in their fractious relationship. The teams drew 2-2 after Chelsea, who conceded two early goals, launched a strong second-half fightback to recover from two goals down and earn a replay.

Soccer-Ferguson refuses to kick Benitez when he is down

By Sonia Oxley MANCHESTER, England, March 8 (Reuters) - Manchester United host holders Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with Alex Ferguson's often fractious relationship with managerial counterpart Rafael Benitez poised for a ceasefire of sorts. The pair regularly indulged in mind games before their north west derby clashes when Benitez was manager of United's arch rivals Liverpool and the digs have resumed since the Spaniard was appointed interim boss at Chelsea in November.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Rooney assured over future as Ferguson breaks silence

* Ferguson says benched Rooney will still be at club next year * United manager has cleared his head after Champions League exit (Adds quotes, details) By Sonia Oxley MANCHESTER, England, March 8 (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson broke his silence on Friday over this week's Champions League exit and dismissed media speculation that dropped striker Wayne Rooney's Old Trafford days were numbered.

Football: Three-goal Kagawa leaves Ferguson purring

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is relishing next week's visit of Real Madrid but is also looking forward to next season and the impact that Shinji Kagawa can have on his team. The Japanese midfielder scored a hat-trick in United's 4-0 victory over Norwich City, a result that opened up a 15-point gap over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. It also made the 23-year-old the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in the history of the English top flight.

Soccer-Ferguson eyes director role at Manchester United

March 1 (Reuters) - Alex Ferguson sees himself becoming a director at Manchester United when he finally decides to quit management. The 71-year-old Scot, who shelved retirement plans more than a decade ago, still has no idea when he will call it a day. "There's no getting rid of me," Ferguson, who has been in the Old Trafford hot seat since 1986, said in an interview with twentyfour7 Football magazine published on Friday. "I will probably become a director.
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