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Title race is wide open says Fergie

Alex Ferguson has not yet given up hope of Manchester United retaining their Premier League title and insists this year's championship race is wide open.

David Moyes has struggled since succeeding Ferguson (inset) at Old Trafford in the summer. The Red Devils lie seventh in the table, six points outside the top four and a further eight behind leaders Arsenal.

Their penalty shoot-out defeat to Sunderland in the League Cup semi-finals in midweek means they are also out of both domestic cup competitions, but Ferguson remains upbeat about the prospects of a team he now enjoys watching as a supporter.

"I'm not writing anyone off," he said.

"Tottenham have started coming forward a bit now, Liverpool are doing very well, Everton are doing very well, (Manchester) City are doing fantastic and Arsenal are top of the league.

"United can do anything. They have got that great philosophy and history, they will always do well.


"I can watch the team whenever I want and I've really enjoyed it. I'm going as a supporter now and instead of suffering with the team, I'm suffering or enjoying it with the fans. I'm really enjoying watching the team play."

Ferguson also dismissed any suggestion United would not give Moyes sufficient time to turn things round.

"There's no need to go down that road (discussing Moyes' future). Everybody knows what Manchester United is, absolutely 100 per cent."

Meanwhile, Ferguson has been appointed as UEFA's coaching ambassador and says he will work to help young coaches develop their skills, but warned they will have to make sacrifices.

Ferguson will be chairman of UEFA's forum of elite coaches and also a member of the technical study group for the Champions League and Euro 2016.

"It is an honour and a privilege to accept this role as ambassador for UEFA. With the experience I have had over the years, I hope I can help young coaches.

"Young coaches have to be prepared to make sacrifices and time is not a guaranteed issue in modern-day football because it has become very much a results industry.

"I took my full badge when I was 24 years of age and I thought that was the best thing I did to give myself a proper chance to be able to survive in football.

"I would also tell them not to change in their philosophy, but to believe in themselves."