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Sir Alex Ferguson claims this is the part of the season Manchester United love most.

Ferguson famously termed the tense final few weeks "squeaky bum time," but it is others who appear to suffer most.

"We have always done well in the springtime," Ferguson said. "We look forward to these games. At the start of the season players have the opportunity to be where we are now. These run-ins are hard, but the more experience you get the better you can handle that and we have done all right in the past."

This season Arsenal have been the ones to crumble, with Chelsea now hoping United suffer similar woes to the Gunners, specifically losing at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday which would mean Carlo Ancelotti's side can exert real pressure when they go to Old Trafford next weekend.

However, history does not suggest Ancelotti's optimism will be rewarded. It is seven years since United failed to collect seven points from their last four Premier League games, the number which would confirm them as champions for a record 19th time.

Given they are virtually assured of a place in next month's Champions League final, if United do win the league as well, they will answer a number of critics who feel the Red Devils are not a patch on Ferguson's sides of old.

Ferguson has never believed that to be the case, even if he is not that interested in delivering a 'Told you so' reply.

"I don't really concern myself with things like that," he said. "Some criticism of our away form was justified, but at Old Trafford it has been magnificent. We have had some great performances at home and scored the most goals in the league, so overall the criticism wasn't very well founded."

With Darren Fletcher expected to play some part in Wednesday's Champions League return with Schalke and Dimitar Berbatov recovering from a groin strain and available for Sunday, Ferguson is selecting from strength ahead of what he still feels will be an unpredictable run-in.

"There is still drama ahead," he said. "The teams at the top will drop points, including Chelsea. Two months ago everyone was looking at these two games as league deciders. They probably are now. But if we get to the last home game needing to win it to win the league, I would be happy with that."

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