ALEX FERGUSON

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Alex Ferguson is expected to extend his contract at the club through to 2007, British newspapers reported.

United chief executive David Gill has said the English champions were in talks with the 61-year-old and the Scot appears as hungry as ever to continue his hugely successful reign at Old Trafford.

"There have been certain proposals for an extra two or three years and I've just got them from my solicitor so I'll have a look at that," Ferguson was quoted as saying.

"It's all positive. I feel really healthy now, strong enough to carry on anyway. That's the decision you have to take in life. If you feel strong and feel healthy, there's no point in retiring. It's not easy to get excited at my age, but the important thing is that it's what I want to do."

Ferguson, who succeeded Ron Atkinson at Manchester United in 1986, signed a new three-year deal in 2002 after changing his mind about retiring.

He has become one of the most successful British club managers of all time, leading United to eight Premier League titles in 11 years, four FA Cups and the European Cup in 1999. "Alex wants to continue and the board wants him to continue," Gill said.

Ferguson guided United to last season's Premier League title and League Cup final, but it is further success in Europe's blue riband club competition that is spurring him on.