Manchester United can defend EPL title by defeating Spurs, Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Manchester United will have a “big chance” of retaining their English Premier League title if his side manages to “survive” their Sunday trip to Tottenham. The Red Devils are scheduled to play at the White Hart Lane this weekend, where they will have to encounter Harry Redknapp’s rejuvenated side.
The Scottish gaffer always believed that the six-week run of games after the winter break would play a key role in resurfacing Manchester United for the title race. In a recent interview Ferguson expressed the success of his plan and United’s intentions of acquiring their 20th Premier League title.
So far Ferguson and his men have done well to keep their title hopes alive. They have scored victories against Arsenal and Liverpool, and managed to pick a point from their clash against Chelsea which saw them three goals down but a late comeback in the game now puts just two points behind the league leaders, Manchester City.
Keeping United’s “noisy neighbours”, Manchester City from winning the title would be Ferguson’s No.1 priority for the remainder of the season. If United manage to keep their 2-point gap between them and the Eastlands, they will be in strong contention for the title when they head out to play against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on April 30.
“It’s going to be a massive game (at Spurs)”, said Sir Alex Ferguson. If we can survive that one, then we’ll have a big chance of winning the league.”
Ferguson also talked about the Manchester derby and how he felt about United’s persistent attitude to keep breathing down the necks of Manchester City throughout the season.
“I would rather go there on level points, but if we could go there within striking distance of being top of the league, I’d take it.”
Manchester United have had a few injury problems as of late but most of their players including Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley are on the fast track to recovery. This fact, gives Ferguson more optimism about defeating Spurs and City.
:I should have more players available than I’ve had in the last few weeks because we’ve had a terrible spell of injuries,” Ferguson said. “But we’ve done the right thing in the treatment of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, we’ve given them a break. They are young players and they had been carrying little strains for weeks.
“Then all of a sudden it hits them, and we had to take stock, to get them back. We’ve given them a fair break and they’re fresh now,” he added.