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Manchester Utd.’s Ferguson Planning Three More Years at Club

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Alex Ferguson, Manchester United's Coach. Photographer: Valeriano Di Domenico/AFP/Getty Images

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he intends to stay in charge of the 19-time English soccer champion for another three years.

Ferguson, who celebrates his 70th birthday today, said in an interview on United’s website he expects to stay at Old Trafford as long as he remains healthy.

“I think I’ve got three more years at the club,” he said. “As long as my health stays up, and as long as I’m still enjoying it and still getting the satisfaction of the team doing its best.”

Fans at Old Trafford sang “Happy Birthday” to Ferguson before today’s 3-2 home loss to Blackburn which prevented United from moving into first place in the Premier League. United remains tied with Manchester City, which plays at Sunderland tomorrow.

United has won the English league 12 times, two Champions League titles, five F.A. Cups and the English League Cup four times since Ferguson became manager in 1986. It’s reached the Champions League final three of the past four seasons including last year when it lost to Barcelona.

“We have to continue the dominance of winning leagues, and without question, winning a European Cup is important to this club,” Ferguson said. “We should have been in another three finals. But you can’t be greedy and having won two in my time is an achievement.”

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