Forwards' turn to take centre stage

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes it is time for his forwards to take the praise for Manchester United again rather than the defenders.

United are aiming for an unprecedented 12th clean sheet on Saturday when they tackle Everton at Old Trafford. The run has enabled Ferguson's side to collect maximum points from their last six games - even though they scored just a single goal in four of them.

But Tuesday's five-goal mauling of West Brom was a sign of a strike force beginning to find its form and Ferguson said: "Quite rightly, defenders have been taking the credit this season up until now. I hope it is now the forwards' turn."

He added: "It is important, because I have said for years we have always had the best goal difference when we are contesting the Premiership title.

"Last season I was able to make changes for the game at Chelsea before the Champions League semi-final the following week, because our goal difference was like an extra point.

"When we were in Japan we were 13 goals behind Chelsea. Now it is just two, which is a measure of the change."

Ferguson cites Dimitar Berbatov as the major reason for the change in fortune and believes the Bulgarian, who has scored four times in his last six games, has now found his feet at Old Trafford.

"Players are understanding Dimitar now," said Ferguson.

"They are feeding him and playing to him much more.

"It took the players time to recognise his talents, because he is a different player to what we have been used to. Now they are realising it, and the benefits are there for all to see."

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