Fergie mocks Real’s big buys

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson is dismissing Real Madrid as no threat to his Euro ambitions even though they have the three most expensive players in the world.

Fergie said: ‘I don’t know how their manager Manuel Pellegrini plans to pick his side because it has no balance.

‘I told Ronaldo before he left that he will end up playing centre-half because I don’t think they have one!’

Real have bagged Kaka for $90 million, Karim Benzema for $75m and Ronaldo for a world-record $130m this summer.

But Fergie said: ‘I don’t envy Pellegrini picking his team.’

Yet Fergie was not so dismissive of Barcelona.

He said: ‘They are different. They have a fantastic midfield and they will once again be a threat to everyone who is playing in the Champions League.”

United suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to hosts Bayern Munich after a goalless final of the Audi Cup on Thursday.

Bayern held their nerve in front of a sell-out crowd of 69,000 at their Allianz Arena after United strikers Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen missed great chances in the second half to win the match.

And Ferguson said: ‘I hope we can find the answer to losing Ronaldo because to score 26 goals as he did last season as a winger is exceptional.’