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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has admitted that his current side lacks the gltiz of the Cristiano Ronaldo years.

Ronaldo was at Old Trafford the last time United won the Champions League in 2008, but Ferguson insists his squad of players now compensate for the Portuguese international’s absence with hard work.

“This team might not have the Ronaldo factor, but it doesn’t understand the word defeat,” he told Inside United Magazine.

“It’s determined, gritty and very professional, and it’s produced some great moments. It’s not as if we’ve been devoid of that fantasy.

“Some of the football we’ve seen from the players this season has been terrific.”

United are close to securing a 19th league title, edging them past Liverpool’s record of 18, but Ferguson says that his players are not dwelling on their potential achievement

“I don’t think it’s on our minds,” he said. “If we achieve it it’ll be great to reflect on, but at the moment we know we’ve got some hard games left.

“You just have to use your experience, and fortunately I’ve got a team of staff who have been with me for a long time.

“The likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar, we have got enough experience to handle any suitation on the pitch as well.”

Source: Telegraph

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