Sir Alex Ferguson believes the entire Barclays Premier League season is building up to a dramatic Manchester derby day crescendo.

United, who face Tottenham on Sunday, are two points adrift of a City side who entertain Bolton 24 hours earlier. Yet after that, it is the Red Devils who appear to have the easier run, leaving the battle tantalisingly poised.

More and more it seems that crunch confrontation between the reds and the blues at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, April 30 will decide everything. Even Ferguson does not disagree, saying: "It does look that way."

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