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Sir Alex believes his current squad strongest ever

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is currently into his 22nd year in charge, believes that he has the strongest ever squad of his managerial career this season

sports Updated: Nov 12, 2007 18:08 IST

Alex Ferguson believes his current squad is the best in his 21 years as Manchester United manager. Man United beat Blackburn 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday with two goals in as many minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo. The Red Devils were without Wayne Rooney, who injured his ankle in training on Friday. Rooney had scored seven goals for United in his past eight games.

Ferguson was particularly pleased with new signings Nani, Carlos Tevez and Anderson.

"I believe this is the strongest squad I have ever had," Ferguson said. "So much so that I think I would be pushed to name my overall best team.

"We have young players, led by Rooney and Ronaldo, now joined by the likes of Nani, Tevez and Anderson. In fact, it's difficult to know when to stop when talking about our important players." Ferguson has won nine Premier League nine titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups and the 1999 European Cup.

"This is a good young team coming together," Ferguson said. "They have courage in the way they play. They want to win something and the signs are good. They have a great chance of doing that."