Man City will try and derail us, Sir Alex Ferguson warns Man United
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester United that Manchester City will be out to "derail" their title bid in Monday's derby
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester United that Manchester City will be out to “derail” their title bid in Monday’s derby showdown.
United head into next week’s game knowing that victory at Old Trafford will open up an 18-point lead over Roberto Mancini’s men with seven games left to play.
Ferguson has been thrilled with his side’s consistent form in the Premier League this season but is wary of the threat posed by United’s neighbours ahead of Monday’s game.
“It’s a derby game with a difference from a few years ago,” said Ferguson, who is aiming to lead United to their 20th top-flight title.
“We have to get used to playing Manchester City in big games and that’s the case again.
“The important thing is to win Monday’s game. It’ll be a big game for City. They’ll want to come and derail us for a spell. We’re at home and our consistency is there for all to see. I expect us to perform really well on Monday.
“We have to congratulate our players on their consistency – to win 25 out of 30 games is a record and should be applauded. It’s fantastic. But we’ve still got to win the title. We have eight games left and that’s 24 points to play for.
“The way we’ve approached things is the correct way and that’s to win the next game. Hopefully, it takes you to winning the league and then we talk about what the season has been like. It doesn’t matter what people say outside of the club, it’s about what we think inside the club about what we’ve achieved.
“The staff I have are more critical than anyone – we’re always looking to do our best. I think this season has been a good season for us.”