Premier League 'not on slide' insists United boss
Alex Ferguson insisted yesterday that the Premier League is not "on the slide" because of the disappointing performance of English clubs in the Champions League.
"I don't see that (English dominance of the Champions League) subsiding to be honest with you," Ferguson said.
"It's maybe a disappointing season but not ... on the slide."
If it has not been a vintage United season, that is because Ferguson's side is a young squad in transition.
In the shape of Tom Cleverley -- likely to start against Ajax tonight, his first game at Old Trafford since the 8-2 demolition of Arsenal in August -- Ferguson has a key part of his team restored to the ranks.
"He is a very clever footballer. He has got a quick brain in terms of passing," Ferguson said.
"He gives us more ammunition in midfield, which a few months ago everyone was starting to worry about."