Sir Alex Ferguson: Next year Manchester United will 'raise the bar' in pursuit of Premier League title

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that the Red Devils will relish the challenge of attempting to win back the Premier League title from Chelsea next season and that the club will "raise the bar" as a result.

The Old Trafford outfit finished second in the table this term, one point behind champions Chelsea, despite a 4-0 victory over Stoke City on the final day of the season.

United were chasing what would have been an unprecedented fourth consecutive title but Ferguson accepts that you can't expect to keep winning everything at the highest level.

"It was a disappointment but you can agonise over these things and I'm experienced to know you can't win them all," said Ferguson, as quoted by the Press Association.

"What you try to do is recover from every defeat and try to regain the upper hand next season.

"It's a challenge. A few years ago it was Arsenal, then it was Chelsea, and each time we've managed to raise the bar at our football club - and that is exactly what we are going to do next year."

At 68, Ferguson continues to operate at the pinnacle of English football and the Scottish manager insists he is as determined as ever to continue at Old Trafford.

"I'm at the right club," he added.

"It's easy to be motivated at Manchester United simply because of the great players we've had over the years.

"Also what drives me on is expectation. In the modern world, once you achieve some success, the next step is to deal with the expectation and it's very difficult.

"But it's a challenge and if you don't want that challenge you won't survive. And I've always accepted the challenge."

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