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Birthday boy Sir Alex salutes Man Utd veterans

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 67th birthday on Wednesday convinced the experience of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville will assist in a sustained title challenge. "It has been a great year," Ferguson told the Manchester Evening News. "We've won four trophies, including the Community Shield - and want more.

"They are a young side and they are hungry, but what really helps them is Neville, Giggs and Scholes.

"You saw them at Stoke and not one of them made a mistake. Between the three of them they were magnificent.

"I brought on Neville and Scholes against Middlesbrough and that made a difference.

"They are showing the rest of the players how you win titles. It's that experience that will help us."

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