Smith sick of Chelsea
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Manchester United striker Alan Smith has urged his team-mates not to concern themselves with what is happening at Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho's arrival at Stamford Bridge, when coupled with Roman Abramovich's spending power, has seen the West London big spenders secure a firm grip on domestic football.
Whilst several pundits are predicting Chelsea will walk away with the title this term, Smith is confident United can front a serious challenge.
Aware that the Old Trafford outfit have underperformed in the past couple of seasons, the England international is determined to help his side to silverware this term.
''There is only one thing that United should be concerned with for the rest of the season - winning our own matches,'' Smith told the Sunday Mirror.
''To be honest, I'm sick of hearing about how good Chelsea are, but there's absolutely nothing we can do about it until we play them.
''There's nothing to be gained by worrying about Chelsea's results and everything to be gained by just concentrating on what we're doing.
''All we can do is keep winning, put together a run and get as many points as we can.
''The only time we can do anything about Chelsea is when we play them. If we can take six points off them from our two matches then we've done as much as we can as far as they are concerned.
''We should be challenging for the title. We should be doing well in the cup competitions.''
Meanwhile, United chief Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that a trio of his squad, Louis Saha, Wes Brown and Quinton Fortune, could all be returning to action in the not too distant future.
''Louis and Wes are both doing running programmes and Quinton could join them soon,'' said Ferguson.
''I would think that all three will start training with the first team by Friday.