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Monday 20 November 2017

Fergie: Way we handled Chelsea can shape new battle with City

ALEX Ferguson intends to follow the route that allowed Manchester United to end Chelsea's stranglehold over the Premier League to combat the threat posed by Manchester City.

Until Sunday's FA Cup triumph at the Etihad Stadium, it seemed City were ready to romp away with the title.

Suddenly there are doubts on the blue half of Manchester, which United will look to exploit by overcoming Bolton at Old Trafford tomorrow to move level with their neighbours, who do not play until Monday when they travel to Wigan.

Yet, even if United eventually manage to retain their crown and become the first English club to reach 20 titles, it does appear to be only a matter of time before City reach the top.

It is not something that scares Ferguson though.

After all, Chelsea looked as though they would dominate for a decade when they won successful championships under Jose Mourinho.

But it did not quite work out that way as United went on to win four of the last five.

"The indications this would happen were there of course," Ferguson said.

"They weren't buying any kids. They brought a good deal of experience.

"But that shouldn't frighten us. We have a job to do being Manchester United, as we have proved over the years. How we handled the Chelsea situation will hopefully apply itself again."

The mood around Old Trafford is a lot more optimistic than it was a week ago.

However, Ferguson's team still need to recover from successive defeats against Blackburn and Newcastle that have damaged their title hopes.

With Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all to be faced by the first week in March, United cannot afford to slip up tomorrow.

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