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We had to support our player and genuinely felt, like Rio has said, that it was an honest mistake. It is important to know that Manchester United never said, and Rio Ferdinand never said, that a mistake hadn't been made.
A lot of them want to come and play for Manchester United. They want to play because Alex has a record of giving youth a chance and we have the history and heritage of Manchester United.
All I can do is assess the value from Manchester United perspective. Whatever Chelsea do, they may have a different criteria, and different financial assets.
Arsenal are a great team. But we lifted the trophy eight times in 11 years.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned. We can all learn lessons.
Namely the manager will assess what he believes a player is worth and he will discuss that with the board and then we will go after that target. If we can achieve it at that target, great, but if we can't we will have to move on to the next player.
We genuinely believe to this day that it was an honest genuine mistake and we never imagined the punishment would be eight months. The precedent dictated that it was unlikely to be that. We don't regret he played for that period.
Players aren't quite as mercenary as people make them out to be. Some of them are but some aren't.
We have sensible fans and sensible policies.
We have the fact we sell out every week to 67,500 and hopefully 75,000 in the future. We have a lot of assets.
The FA Cup is important to everyone at the club. We have a great record in it and we want to win a trophy.
The rolling contract was designed to specifically take away some of that retirement talk and retirement issue.
The stadium expansion is currently at the feasibility stage and has to go through that.
We don't have major limits in the transfer market.
Previously people were treated anonymously particular on a drugs situation which is obviously highly emotive. They have been treated anonymously even after the verdict had been reached.
The manager sits down with me; I sit down with the board. We assess the success of the year. The manager assesses whose coming through the academy system. His job is to look at what is happening in European and world football.
We discussed buying a defender. The view was the priority at that time given the way we were playing was that we needed support up front and that is why we bought Louis Saha.
Would we prefer to be lifting it? Of course we would. You can't look back, we have to look forward and say what are we going to do get it back next year.
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