Manchester United boss eyes "derby game with a difference"

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his side that Manchester City will be desperate to "derail" their march to the title, when the two teams meet at Old Trafford on Monday night.

The Red Devils are enjoying a comfortable 15 point lead over their neighbours, with just eight games remaining and are overwhelming favourites to secure an unprecedented 20th league title.

After being displaced as the champions of England by City last season, on goal difference, Ferguson’s men have bounced back in an emphatic manner, winning 25 of their 30 league fixtures so far this term.

The Red Devils have gained 77 points to date and could smash Chelsea’s record haul of 95 points in the season.

Nonetheless,the United manager was wary of the fact that City would be out to prove a point on Monday, and wants his side to seal the title race by beating their bitter rivals.

The 71-year-old Scott also heaped praise on the team over the consistency that they have shown throughout the campaign.

The United boss told reporters: “It’s a derby game with a difference from a few years ago.

“We have to get used to playing Manchester City in big games and that’s the case again.

“The important thing is to win Monday’s game. It’ll be a big game for City. They’ll want to come and derail us for a spell.

"We’re at home and our consistency is there for all to see. I expect us to perform really well on Monday.

“We have to congratulate our players on their consistency – to win 25 out of 30 games is a record and should be applauded. It’s fantastic.

"But we’ve still got to win the title. We have eight games left and that’s 24 points to play for.”

United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the quarter-final of the FA Cup this week, which means that the Red Devils are likely to end up with just a single trophy this season.

And although Ferguson claimed that he and his staff were the harshest critics themselves, he's satisfied with his team’s achievements this season.

He added: “The staff I have are more critical than anyone – we’re always looking to do our best. I think this season has been a good season for us."


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