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Fergie sets 25-goal target

Sir Alex Ferguson has set a target of 25 goals this season for each of his Manchester United strikers as they prepare to face Everton.

• Ferguson fined by FA

Ferguson's men head into Sunday's clash nine points clear of second-placed Manchester City, after their rivals slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Saturday. Key to maintaining that pace, Ferguson believes, is the goalscoring form of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie.

"If I can get all our three strikers on 25 goals this season then that will get us in the ball-park for honours. The way they are going, the signs are good," he stated.

"Wayne is on 13, Javier Hernandez has 14 and Robin van Persie is already on 22. We have 13 Premier League games and, hopefully, another half-dozen cup games as well, so there's plenty of time for them to reach their ­targets."

Rooney will face his former club this weekend, but Ferguson does not feel the emotion involved in the contest will impact on his star striker's performance.

"When Wayne first went back to Goodison, the crowd gave him a lot of stick, and maybe it did affect him," he said.

"He's missed a couple of games at Everton through injury, but he scored against them last season. So I don't think it's a problem for him any more, particularly at Old Trafford."

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