Sir Alex Ferguson intends to follow the route that allowed Manchester United to end Chelsea's stranglehold over the Premier League to combat the threat posed by Manchester City.

Until Sunday's FA Cup triumph at the Etihad Stadium, it seemed City were ready to romp away with the title. Suddenly there are doubts on the blue half of Manchester, which United will look to exploit by overcoming Bolton at Old Trafford on Saturday to move level with their neighbours, who do not play until Monday when they travel to Wigan.

Ferguson told MUTV: "They weren't buying any kids. They brought a good deal of experience. But that shouldn't frighten us. We have a job to do being Manchester United, as we have proved over the years. How we handled the Chelsea situation will hopefully apply itself again."

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