Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players to beware opponents starting to wake from their slumbers who present a significant threat to Manchester United's Premier League title hopes.

Five points clear of Manchester City with seven games remaining, Ferguson refused to respond to Roberto Mancini's theory that if United beat QPR on Sunday, and City lose at Arsenal, a 20th championship will be secure.

Nor was Ferguson that interested in discussing Mancini's observation that if he was a player he would have punched Mario Balotelli by now.

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