Ferguson focused on own team

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Sir Alex Ferguson has eyes only for his own side as the Premier League title race draws to a close.

After losing the leadership to Liverpool on Saturday night, Manchester United seem to have now made the decisive move thanks to their 2-0 derby win over local rivals City at Old Trafford. With a three-point lead and a game in hand, it seems unlikely the Red Devils will not collect a win and draw to clinch a record-equalling 18th league championship.

"Liverpool played first this weekend, as they have done a lot of times. But what does it matter?" said Ferguson. "All we need to worry about is doing our own job. It is not as if we are going into the unknown. We are in a situation we find ourselves in almost every season: challenging for the league."

Given United have won all eight previous meetings with Wigan, to a combined scoring total of 23-3, it is hard to believe Steve Bruce's men - beaten at West Brom on Saturday - will present much resistance at the JJB Stadium on Wednesday night.

Before that, Ferguson should have privately addressed the storm which erupted around both his latest goalscorers.

Carlos Tevez had already made his feelings known, claiming he has not received an offer to stay from United and was now virtually certain to leave when his loan spell expires.

And, after curling home United's second, he ran straight to the dug-outs and cupped his hands to his ears in what seemed to be a final desperate attempt to persuade the Red Devils hierarchy to let him stay.

Before that, Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the home side's account with a trademark free-kick, only to then react in a bad-tempered manner when he was replaced by Wayne Rooney on the hour, continuing to shake his head long after he had slunk into the dug-out.

"There is no problem," said Ferguson of Ronaldo's reaction.

"It is great that he wanted to play on. But I have to look at the big picture. I have Wednesday and Saturday - against a shellshocked Arsenal - to look after. And if Carlos keeps scoring there will be absolutely no problem with him either," said Ferguson before declaring, "nothing has changed" when asked if there had been any developments on the South American's contract situation.

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