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Fergie writes off Man City's title ambition

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written off big-spending Manchester City&rsquo;s hopes of mounting a serious Premier League title challenge.<br /><br />City have put champions United in the shade with an &pound;80m summer spree on established stars Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry.<br /><br />But Ferguson insists his local rivals will struggle to retain the limelight amid competition from United, Liverpool and Chelsea.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are being challenged for the back pages,&rdquo; said Ferguson. &ldquo;But I cannot look at Manchester City as our main competitors. Liverpool and Chelsea are our main competitors. There is no doubt about that.<br /><br />&ldquo;It won&rsquo;t be easy for City to win anything, even with all the players they have bought. They have 10 strikers &ndash; that is a hell of a lot. How does manager Mark Hughes pick a team? How do you tell players they are not even going to be travelling to London? We&rsquo;re all interested.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ferguson, speaking after yesterday&rsquo;s 2-0 win over a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur, also dismissed Arsenal as a major rival, but admitted Arsene Wenger could yet surprise him.<br /><br />&ldquo;I see Chelsea and Liverpool as the main threats but I can&rsquo;t make up my mind who is the better team,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;Arsenal have the biggest job &ndash; they&rsquo;ve sold Adebayor and don&rsquo;t seem to have the money the rest have. How Arsene develops his team will be his biggest test. They could easily re-establish themselves and challenge again.&rdquo;<br /><br />City boss Hughes, meanwhile, yesterday hit back at Chelsea, insisting they had no grounds to accuse him of an illegal approach to their captain John Terry. &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t ourselves that published that we had made a bid for John Terry, it was Chelsea,&rdquo; he said. <br /><br />&ldquo;Since then I&rsquo;ve just been answering questions about John Terry. I don&rsquo;t think that&rsquo;s any basis to report either myself or Manchester City.&rdquo;