Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Alex Is Looking to Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Alex Is Looking to Future

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Byline: By Mark Bradley

Having finished just nine of his 30 seasons in management without a trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson was not about to extend that statistic into double figures without a fight.

This may have been `only' the FA Cup to Manchester United, the third competition on their list of priorities for what had otherwise been a dispiriting season, trailing far behind champions Arsenal.

But Ferguson demanded that his side prove their credentials for next season, rather than coasting to victory against First Division Millwall, and that is what they achieved in Cardiff.

It was one of the most one-sided cup finals you could imagine, with Millwall battling gamely but without a serious shot on target all match.

United were the consummate professionals, ensuring Ferguson could at least start to think of next season in positive terms.

"I won't be worrying this summer, I know we'll be back next season," he vowed.

"I'm never fulfilled. That's my problem. I find it difficult. But you have to take the good with the bad in this game.

"We've had disappointments over the years. I've been a manager for 30 years and there have only been nine years when I haven't won anything.

"So I've got to accept that one year I'm not going to win something. I can handle disappointment, even if I don't like it and I can do something about it.

"Fortunately, I have players who can do something about it too. They have proved themselves before and they will have to do it again."

Ferguson maintains Rio Ferdinand's suspension was the turning-point of the season and, with that ban due to end in September, he sees cause for optimism.

"Come September, that's behind us and we can then look to go and prove a point next season," he added.

Alan Smith's signing, among others, also looks to be on the cards. …

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