Ferguson: 1-0 wins the hallmark of champions

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Manchester United are on course to make history again come May after re-establishing a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, following last night's 1-0 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford.

In the aftermath of the game, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he is convinced that his players have the temperament required to go all the way again in 2012 and clinch a 20th title, but insisted he is not taking anything for granted.

"I'd take it at any time in the season," he told "When you look back a few months ago, we were seven points behind [Manchester] City.

"The area where we are concerned is goal difference but winning is obviously important and, if we keep winning, we have a great chance."

After grinding out a hard-fought victory over the Cottagers, Ferguson could not hide his delight after keeping another clean sheet and said that there are plenty of positives to take from the game, despite a nervy finish.

The Red Devils' capacity to shut the door and hold on to leads is a trait that has become recognised around the world, and the United boss explained that he will never become despondent by the manner of such performances, before reaffirming his belief that 1-0 victories, like the one last night, are the hallmark of champions.

"That's the way it's going to be and we may as well get used to it," Ferguson continued. "How many times have I said to you about 1-0? What does it mean? It means championship form.

"I don't mind the 1-0s, I really don't because it tells you we are determined, we're going to defend, do the right things and play as a team like we had to on Monday night."

Next up for United is a trip to Ewood Park to face a resurgent Blackburn Rovers side next Monday, where the players will be looking for pay-back from the home loss suffered against Steve Kean's side at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve.

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