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Ferguson sets title target


Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a target in mind as his side attempt to wrest the Barclays Premier League title from Chelsea.

Ferguson believes 84 points will secure the crown, which means they will need to take 30 from their remaining 14 games. Given United could set a club record of 30 league games unbeaten, stretching back to last season, at bottom club Wolves this on Saturday evening, it would not seem to be an unreasonable goal.

"Consistency is the key and over the last two months it has been very good," said Ferguson. "Consistency is the thing that gives you the extra yard or extra belief."

He added: "They trust each other. You have to trust each other. They can look around the dressing room and we have some battled-hardened professionals who have been through the course many many times.

"We are going to find that in the run-in there are going to be some interesting games for Manchester United. We have a little lead but that can vanish overnight.

"Manchester City are in a challenging position in that top four. Then there are Chelsea, Arsenal, ourselves and Tottenham, we are all in there battling.

"Our job is to retain that consistency and relish what we are going to experience. This is a great time to play football knowing you have an opportunity to win the league."

Ferguson expects a rough ride from Mick McCarthy's Wolves, who only lost to Bolton after a late Daniel Sturridge goal.

"Mick McCarthy by his nature is a fighter and his team are fighters so we expect a tough game, " said the United boss.

"I watched them against Bolton and I felt for Mick, I really did. It was devastating to lose that goal the way they did in the last minute of the game."