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Ferguson hails team-bonding golf trip

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that a team-bonding trip to famous Scottish golf course St Andrews has helped his side in the Premier League title race.

Peter Schmeichel on United's title charge

Ferguson's side were knocked out of both the FA Cup and the Europa League in a short space of time and took the chance to visit his homeland and play a few rounds, a move that developed their bond further.

"They've done well, the lads, the little trip we had to St Andrews was fantastic," Ferguson told The Sun. "I didn't play and I'm glad because there are some bandits at our club. There's no chance you can win. The players loved it. On the Friday about half a dozen of them had nine holes.

"It helped with the unity of the players - it was a good moment for us. It makes you realise when players stay together, they become a team very easily."

Meanwhile, veteran defender Rio Ferdinand insists that when he does decide to leave the club, he wants to do so on a high now his time in the game is inching towards its conclusion.

''There are not many players who leave this club doing exactly what they want to do,'' he said. "'It wouldn't be good finishing your career with a loss, or by not winning something.

''The losses now do my head in. To think I wouldn't be able to rectify it the season after because I had retired or left would rankle.

"I am not thinking about retirement. I am trying to play as long as I can. I have another year after this and I want to do another ten. But whenever it is, I would want to go out on a high note.''

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