Fighting talk Fergie on the big issues

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On retiring if United don't win the title this season

'If there was something fundamentally wrong, there would be more questions asked - by myself even - as to whether I should be staying on. But I think those things are in place'

On Frank Lampard

'There are very few midfield players who can play 130 Premiership matches in a row. But there are freaks and that's freakish. He is an exceptional individual'

On missing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

'Ole would watch a game, assess it, come on and know exactly what to do. It was like bringing the potatoes to the boil, he knew just when'

On rebuilding the current United team

'Roy Keane will be the hardest to replace. Forget about the playing part, it is the spiritual and emotional thing he gives you. He is an absolute beast of a man in terms of his will to win'

On Wayne Rooney

'He's been doing well. He's had been some quiet games but he is 19. He's actually a quiet boy with great enthusiasm in training'