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WILKINS GUNS FOR SIR ALEX.

CHELSEA'S new assistant manager Ray Wilkins checked in at Stamford Bridge and immediately warned Manchester United: "We want your trophies."

Former Blues captain Wilkins, who replaces Steve Clarke as Luiz Felipe Scolari's right-hand man, will face double-winning United - another of his old clubs - in his first game at the Bridge on Sunday.

Wilkins, 52, warned Sir Alex Ferguson that Chelsea are determined to score a psychological boost in the race for honours this term.

"It's a big game and I'm looking forward to it," said Wilkins. "United have a decent record at Stamford Bridge and it's up to our guys to put one over on them.

"The players' ambition is extremely high and they want to be victors.

"I feel very positive about this season and I can assure you we are going out to win every game."

Wilkins made 198 appearances for Chelsea between 1973 and 1979 but left for United and spent eight years at Old Trafford, winning 83 England caps.

The ex-midfielder was former Blues manager Gianluca Vialli's assistant coach from 1998 to 2000.

Now he hopes fans will welcome him back to the Bridge. "I started my career at Chelsea so I hope the fans are pleased to see me back but it would be bloody awful if they aren't," he said. "It's good to be back in the fold."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2008
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