Fergie cools talk of record title win

LONDON - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has warned his team not to get carried away by believing they can romp to a record English Premier League triumph.
Rooney’s shot took a deflection off Reading defender Alex Pearce before nestling in the net. Net photo.
Rooney’s shot took a deflection off Reading defender Alex Pearce before nestling in the net. Net photo.

LONDON - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has warned his team not to get carried away by believing they can romp to a record English Premier League triumph.

United are 15 points clear at the top after their 1-0 home win over Reading on Saturday had followed defending champions Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat at Everton.

But Ferguson refused to be complacent despite United being in a position to win the title by a record margin.

The 18 points by which United won the 2000 championship from Arsenal remains the largest winning cushion, not only in Premier League history but in the history of top flight English football.

“They can say what they like. You don’t get points or medals for being complacent and we won’t be,” said Ferguson.

“It wasn’t a great performance but we are where we are today is not down to today, it’s down to the previous six months.

“The team has shown great consistency and played a lot of great football and the goal difference over City is big now, 15 points.

Victory for United against Sunderland in their next game, in two weeks, coupled with a City defeat would build Ferguson’s side an 18-point advantage ahead of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

A win for United in that fixture, on April 8, would leave City mathematically unable to overhaul United’s point tally in the seven remaining matches.

Agencies

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