Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted you would have to be "a confirmed masochist" to enjoy the intensity of Monday's Manchester derby - but claims to be looking forward to it anyway.

Once again, the Manchester United boss has billed the visit to Manchester City as a Barclays Premier League title decider, with United three points ahead of their rivals going into the match.

"You would have to be a confirmed masochist to enjoy it," he said. "But we are looking forward to it and the players will be fully prepared for it."

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