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Ferguson: World Cup was poor

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded the World Cup ''poor'' and admitted a number of high-profile stars were major disappointments.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka, Kaka and Robin Van Persie failed to make their mark and Ferguson was not entirely surprised, claiming that you have to go back to the 1986 tournament in Mexico - when he managed Scotland - for the last decent World Cup.

''A lot of teams and a lot of players were disappointing at the World Cup,'' he said. ''There is only one team who took credit and that was Spain. They kept a reasonable momentum and playing style throughout the tournament.

''The rest were spasmodic or disappointing in their form and so were some of their best players. That just went towards what was a poor tournament. There could be a lot of reasons for that and expectation does come into it.

''Everyone always looks forward to the World Cup as if it is going to be the greatest thing ever but you have to go back to Mexico 1986 for the last good one.''

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