Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed confidence that his side can fight off Manchester City’s challenge.
The Old Trafford side trail Roberto Mancini’s Citizens by three points at the top of the Barclays Premier League, but the Red Devils chief feels United will deal with this threat as they did with Chelsea.
Ferguson drew comparisons with the wealth injection at City to the one with Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge, a challenge he has seen off in recent years.
"The indications this would happen were there of course. They weren't buying any kids. They brought a good deal of experience,” he told MUTV.
“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.”
The Scot will be feeling a little better going into this weekend after his side eliminated their fierce rivals in the FA Cup third round clash on Sunday.
This was in contrast to a week ago when they were heading into the derby having lost at home to bottom side Blackburn Rover and thumped by an inspired Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena.
Ferguson also reserved praise for Tottenham Hotspur after Harry Redknapp’s side drew level with United on 45 points thanks to the 2-0 defeat of Everton at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
“Tottenham are a threat. You can't dismiss them. They are playing fantastic football,” he concluded.
“Somewhere along the line one of those three teams are going to win the league.”
The 19-time title-winners will be hoping the good feeling continues when he sends his team out against strugglers Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.