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Ferguson: Don't write off Chelsea

Alex Ferguson is refusing to write Chelsea off as Premier League title rivals.

Manchester United assistant boss Rene Meulensteen has claimed the Blues squad is too old to reclaim the title they lost to the Red Devils last term.

Chelsea have not performed well so far this term, dropping points at Stoke before struggling to record home wins over West Brom and Norwich.

But Ferguson has enough knowledge of the players at Andre Villas-Boas' disposal not to take anything for granted.

"They have tremendous experience -- there aren't any young kids in that team," he said. "They'll still be a big threat and we expect them to challenge."

Certainly Ferguson does not feel the relative inexperience of Villas-Boas, at 33 the youngest manager in the top flight, should be a handicap.

"I am sure he'll get plenty of advice from others and he will do fine," said Ferguson.

One man eager to make his mark for United is Nani.


Despite some sparkling early season performances which went a long way towards him eventually capturing the club's players' player of the year prize, the Portugal winger's form later dipped.

As the downturn coincided with Antonio Valencia's return from an ankle injury, it cost Nani his place in Ferguson's Champions League final starting line-up.

Nani has swallowed his disappointment and, with Ashley Young providing even more competition for the wide roles, is eager to reach an even higher level.

"I hope this is my year," he said. "Last year was my best year, definitely my most consistent season.

"This is a big chance to show I can do much more, that I'm a good player with a very strong mentality."