6 Aug 2011

Ferguson not carried away by season opener

1:56 pm on 6 August 2011

The Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not change his approach to the Community Shield after playing down the significance of facing neighbours Manchester City in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new English season at London's Wembley Stadium tomorrow.

An unfazed Ferguson says he will resist getting "emotional",as he sees the game, which pits the English Premier League champions (United) against the FA Cup holders (City), as another step in his pre-season preparations.

Despite Mancini, the Manchester City manager, once again opening his chequebook to sign the likes of Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero this pre-season, Ferguson is just treating them as another rival.

Ferguson says he thought they may have spent more this summer and it may still happen that they sign a couple of more players.

He adds United experience this almost every year as clubs around them buy.

He says thats how you view the importance of winning this league nowadays.