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Ferguson wary of Saha threat

Manchester United fear former striker Louis Saha could put a serious dent in their Barclays Premier League title challenge as the reigning champions travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham on Sunday.

The France international has scored three goals in two league starts following his transfer deadline day move from Everton, and is likely to be paired in attack with Emmanuel Adebayor as Spurs look to close the gap on second-placed United to five points.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is wary of the threat his former player and his new team-mates pose to United's title battle with fierce rivals Manchester City, telling manutd.com: "He's got tremendous talent. He's got two great feet, he's quick, he's got a good spring in the air. There's no doubt he's a handful."

Spurs still retain an outside chance of a run for the title, but defeat to United will all but end their hopes. For Ferguson's men, anything but a win will likely see them lose more ground to Roberto Mancini's City side, who host struggling Bolton on Saturday and go into the weekend two points better off than the Red Devils.

Martin O'Neill's Sunderland look to bounce back from last week's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of West Brom as they travel to Newcastle for the Tyne-Wear derby. Sunderland have a miserable recent record in the fixture. Since 1991, the Wearsiders have suffered more relegations (four) than they have enjoyed victories over their bitter rivals (three).

A key clash in the race for fourth will take place at Anfield on Saturday, as Carling Cup winners Liverpool host Arsenal. Kenny Dalglish's side, buoyed by last weekend's dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Cardiff at Wembley, trail the Gunners by seven points, with a game in hand, and need a victory to keep their hopes of returning to Europe's premier club competition alive.

Arsene Wenger's side currently hold the coveted fourth spot, but Chelsea can take advantage of any slip-up as they travel to The Hawthorns to face West Brom, though a win for Roy Hodgson's men could propel the Baggies into the top half.

Elsewhere, bottom side Wigan host manager Roberto Martinez's former side, Swansea, at the DW Stadium, while fellow strugglers Blackburn are at home to an Aston Villa side who are reeling following Darren Bent's ankle injury.

QPR welcome Everton to Loftus Road, looking to stop a run of five games without a win. Everton, meanwhile, have won their last four at home, but have not earned three points on the road since New Year's Day.

Wolves manager Terry Connor will look to build on his side's strong second-half showing at Newcastle as they travel to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side hoping to record a third-straight league victory for the first time since 2008, while Stoke can jump ahead of eighth-placed Norwich should they defeat the Canaries at the Britannia Stadium.

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