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Alex Ferguson: 'City's money keeps United away from complacency'

Ferguson: 'City money keeps United from complacency'
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Sir Alex Ferguson insists that Manchester City's spending power has prevented his side from becoming complacent.

Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Manchester City's spending power has prevented Manchester United from becoming complacent.

The Red Devils meet Roberto Mancini's men on Sunday in the Community Shield, following a busy summer of activity on both sides.

"Because of the particular facet of the club that they have the money to spend, I thought maybe they would spend more this summer and that may still happen, they may still sign a couple more players," the Scot told reporters.

"We get this almost every year when clubs round about us buy, and that's how you view the importance of winning the league these days."

However, the United boss insists his players are ready for any challenge against a side that he says reminds him of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

"Chelsea had this great spell of buying when Jose first went there and we accepted that challenge. It's good to accept challenges, it keeps the complacency away from your door and we carry on as best as we can."

Arrivals at Old Trafford this summer include David De Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young, who are all eligible to start on Sunday.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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