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Man Utd boss Ferguson welcomes Man City challenge

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed the challenge Manchester City's new owners will bring.

City's prospective new Arab owners have set their sights on winning the Premier League title and the Champions League.

"I can't be worried," said Ferguson. "There's always challenges in football.

"Some years ago it was Chelsea, some years ago it was Arsenal. Wherever the challenges come you just have to accept it. It doesn't change anything."

The Abu Dhabi United Group funded City's stunning capture of Brazilian forward Robinho from Real Madrid for a British record fee of £32.5m on transfer deadline day.

That came after they had failed in a bid to hijack United's purchase of Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The group have since stated their intention to sign the likes of Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

"They can talk," said Ferguson with a smile.

He added: "We have a good set-up ourselves. We have been working for years to build the team we have got."

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