Ferguson on the verge of new United deal


Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says he has reached agreement with the club on a new contract and expects to sign the deal "very soon".

"My contract is with my lawyer now. He was at the (Aston) Villa game and we will now go through it together," Ferguson told British Sunday newspapers.

"It is all straightforward from this point because an agreement has been reached with the club on every single detail.

"I am very close to signing it. It will all be done and dusted very soon," added Ferguson, 61, who underwent hospital treatment for an irregular heartbeat on Thursday.

Scotsman Ferguson said the heart problem was detected at a regular check-up about two months ago.

"I could have either taken aspirin for the rest of my life or go into hospital for treatment that brings the heartbeat back on track. I said 'let's go for it' because I knew that if it didn't work it carried no risk.

Ferguson is one of the most successful managers in British soccer history, having guided United to eight premier league titles in the last 11 seasons and the 1999 Champions League crown.