Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Manchester United's form this season.

The Red Devils head to Reading on Saturday evening knowing victory will ensure they are top of the Barclays Premier League when they take on City in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on December 8. Some critics cannot quite believe it, nor that United have a seven-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea, given that their performances at times have been quite poor.

But Ferguson said: "I don't think the form has been that bad to be honest. But when you are manager of this club, you have to go through that analysis about Manchester United not being as good as they used to be. We are still top of the league so we must be doing something right."

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