Last updated : 23 January 2006 By editor

"Alex has the full support of everyone at the club," Gill said. "He has the energy, enthusiasm and appetite to ensure we get back up there challenging for the league. Alex has been the best Manchester United manager, if not the best manager in European football, and we are looking forward."

"I am not saying it is all satisfactory and that we can keep finishing third and fourth every year. We would like the league to be a lot closer. So would Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. But let's not get carried away and say we have a lot of rebuilding to do. We know we have to improve the midfield and we will do that but I am confident we won't be far away next season. We have spent a significant sum of money in the January transfer window and we will spend again in the summer."