Fergie dismisses Naybet talk
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Tottenham's Nourredine Naybet was misquoted.Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Tottenham's Noureddine Naybet was misquoted over his claims that Manchester United are a waning power.
Naybet said in an interview that he felt United needed years to rebuild, with Arsenal taking their mantle as the top team in England.
Ferguson believes that the veteran Moroccan was on the wrong end of journalistic licence, and that he would not be 'silly enough to say something like that.'
"The comments don't concern me much," said the Manchester United manager.
"I know the game. The question could easily be posed: 'Are Arsenal the best side in the country?' He could say they are.
"I think he has been led into it a little bit. With his experience, I would be surprised if he was silly enough to say something like that."
Ferguson believes that stopping the triumvirate of Tottenham strikers, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Fredi Kanoute, is key to getting a result at White Hart Lane.
"You know there are goals in their side, so defensively we have a job to do," stated the Scottish tactician.
"Apart from a 5-3 victory a couple of years ago, our matches at Tottenham have generally been tight.
"It's never easy down there and now they have three respected strikers any team in The Premiership would be happy to have, so I don't expect anything different this season."