Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he was not bothered about following Liverpool yet again in the Barclays Premier League title race - now he might revise his opinion.

Liverpool's amazing 4-4 draw with Arsenal at Anfield might have taken them back above Manchester United on goal difference but Ferguson knows the advantage is very much with the Red Devils who entertain Portsmouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

"It doesn't matter when Liverpool play," said Ferguson. "We are focused enough on what we have got to do."

What United need to do is bounce back from Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton and get the victory that will take them three points clear, with a game in hand and only six remaining to play.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Edwin van der Sar are all set to return, along with Ryan Giggs, who went to Wembley at the weekend but did not even merit a place on the substitutes' bench.

And certainly the incentive is now there for United to shrug off the disappointment of exiting the FA Cup.

"You have to overcome defeats at some points in a season," reflected Ferguson.

"In most cases we do all right. We lost two in a row against Liverpool and Fulham but since then we have beaten Aston Villa, Porto and Sunderland.

"We only lost the semi-final on penalties and that can happen to anyone. There is enough motivation to ensure we will be OK against Portsmouth."

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