Fergie’s words lift City’s Milner

Manchester City midfielder James Milner said the club was buoyed by comments from Sir Alex Ferguson predicting they can threaten Manchester United.Ferguson said he thinks the FA Cup winners, who finished third in the Premier League to secure a debut Champions League campaign, will be a ‘thorn in the side’ of the champions, and Milner said those remarks had given all at Eastlands added confidence.

“It’s a boost to hear that, you hear positive and negative things said about you, but we’ll get on with our job,” Milner said.

“We know we have to improve as a club and a team but we think we can carry on moving forward.”

“You look to improve every year and we did that last year. Now we’ll be looking to do that again. Finishing third was a very good season for us, winning the FA Cup.”

“But now we’ll be looking to top that, so a natural progression would be to finish second and really push hard for the title. We think it could be a possibility.”

While excited by the team’s prospects, Milner said he has set his sights on simply establishing himself in Roberto Mancini’s first team as a first priority, with Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure consistently picked ahead of him in midfield.

“It is a big season for me,” he said. “You come to a new club and it takes time to find your bearings.”

“But now I want to kick on, get a foothold in the team and prove to people that I’m good enough to be here and in the team regularly.”

“Winning silverware is the only reason why I came here. We did that last season and that showed it was the right move for me.”

“You want to be challenging for trophies and playing in the top competitions and obviously that’s the Champions League.”