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Ferguson hails 'significant' United win

Ferguson feels West Brom win could prove pivotal. (©GettyImages)
Ferguson feels West Brom win could prove pivotal. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson promises his side won't lose their nerve in the Premier League title run-in after going top for the first time since October.

Defeat at Swansea City for Manchester City meant United were able to go top, capitalising with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.

With 12 titles already to his name, Ferguson believes his side's experience means they won't get nervous in the closing weeks of the season.

"We won't get nervous. We have the experience," Ferguson said after defeating West Brom.

"I hope it is a significant day. I don't mind being top of the league at this stage. I think we've clawed it back from seven points behind to one point ahead.

"We've turned it around and credit to the players for that. They have shown great resilience and determination. We had a period of injuries but we have come through that now. We will keep on playing. It is good to see that type of temperament."

Despite their record breaking goal-laden start to the season, United have netted just one fewer goal in the Premier League this season than City, but a succession of missed chances against the Baggies almost denied them all three points.

Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck were particularly wasteful in front of goal, and Ferguson wants his side to be more ruthless if they're to continue their winning run over the next couple of months.

“We created a lot of chances and missed them," Ferguson said.

"It becomes worrying because you need the second one to take the pressure off you. Fortunately we got the second goal and we still missed chances after that, but we kept our drive for the whole game, which was good.

"The players didn’t stop; they tried to score from every attacking situation, which is always pleasing.”

Ferguson's side now face the daunting task of overturning a 3-2 first-leg deficit against Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.

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