Sir Alex Ferguson believes that last season's dramatic title loss to their neighbours Manchester City has given his side the extra impetus they need to clinch the title this time around.
The manner in which they conceded the title to City last year, was very unlike a Manchester United side during the Sir Alex reign. However, they can clinch the title tonight with a victory over Aston Villa, and even the most ardent City supporter will concede that the title will be leaving the Etihad this year
Ferguson told Sky Sports: "We had a big job to do, The way we lost it, and the fact it was City, gave us an incentive, You have to admire the focus we have shown this season. We are resilient and the consistency has been good."
Ferguson also mentioned the winning mentality that this current side possesses like the legendary teams that have gone before.
He continued by saying: "Like all the previous teams, they never give in. That is a fact. It is the history of the club more than anything.
"Once they have been here two or three years, the players buy into it. These are the qualities that have helped them to be where they are just now."
While this current United squad will definitely regain the title, there has been no shortage of criticism aimed at the Champions elect. Their style of play has been lamented, along with the view that they had no real challengers, as Manchester City struggled to regain the form of last year. However the fact remains, that this United side are on course to surpass the Premier league points record of 95 points, set by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in 2005, and statistically, become Ferguson's best ever Domestic side.
The Scotsman finished by saying: "There won't be any slacking off. The record is not beyond us at all. Can Manchester United win five games in a row? How many times have we done that?"