Ferguson content as United move up

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is satisfied with his side's position in the table as they head into the new year full of confidence.

Monday night's 1-0 victory over a battling Middlesbrough at Old Trafford closed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points with two matches in hand.

"We are in a good position come the turn of the year. We have two games in hand, both at home, and it is going to be a great run in," he said. "The important thing is to do our own job, look after ourselves and we'll do okay."

United struggled to break down a resilient Boro side, creating 25 chances in all but having only Dimitar Berbatov's 69th-minute goal to show for their efforts.

The Bulgarian volleyed home from close range after Michael Carrick's left-wing cross had bounced back off Boro defender David Wheater

Berbatov, who replaced Boxing Day's match-winner at Stoke Carlos Tevez after he returned to Argentina on a "family issue", was one of the guilty culprits in the first hour of the match.

But he was not the only one with Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael, Nemanja Vidic and Ji-sung Park all squandering chances.

It was the second successive 1-0 win but United have scored only three goals in their last four matches.

Ferguson admitted the inability to convert opportunities is becoming a concern.

"We missed a lot of chances and that is the big concern," he said. "If we can't take those chances we will suffer from it. But I think you have to see how well Middlesbrough played. For a team in their position (one place above the relegation zone) it belies their ability."

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