Ferguson: Players not easing off

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Sir Alex Ferguson has assured Manchester United fans his players do not intend to "fall into any traps" on the Premier League run-in.

Most pundits are already certain United will draw level with old rivals Liverpool by recording their 18th league title this season.

"We will not be falling into any traps," said Ferguson. "March and April are the key months that will decide the league."

He added: "I keep saying it, but no one listens. We have lost leads because of bad form in March and April; we have won them by going on fantastic runs. How can we possibly take anything lightly?"

With a seven-point advantage over Chelsea and Liverpool, plus a game in hand, it is difficult to imagine the Red Devils being overhauled.

They head to Newcastle on Wednesday having lost just twice all season, the last of which came at Arsenal on November 8, and knowing eight wins from their final 11 games will be enough to complete a championship hat-trick.

Guus Hiddink has not been at Chelsea long but already he has started a mind game with his Keegan-esque 'I would love it' if the Blues could overhaul United before the end if May.

Ferguson has noted the comments, although he is ignoring them, just as he is refusing to enter any debate over an unprecedented quintuple.

"What people say doesn't bother me," he said. "I have tried it myself a few times. You hope it disturbs your opponents and they get nervous. But I can assure everyone, we will drop points on the run-in and so will the others.

"I won't get over-excited about things. As I have always said, if we win a major trophy - and to me that means the Premier League or the Champions League - I would be delighted."

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