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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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Reed taking the positives from Addicks slump

Manager Les Reed remains ever positive Charlton will have plenty of reasons to look forwards to a prosperous new year.

The Addicks host League Two outfit Wycombe at The Valley tonight aiming to reach the semi-finals of the Carling Cup for the first time.

The prospect of a day out in Cardiff would certainly give the beleaguered fans of the south-east London club a much-needed tonic as the hectic festive schedule fast approaches, their team now five points adrift of safety.

Reed, however, has been in the game long enough to know fortunes can take a change for the better as quickly as they can go downhill.

'I have got strong belief in myself and I believe I have the appropriate experience which seems difficult for people to understand,' said the 53-year-old former technical director of the Football Association.

'I have got a lot of experience with coaching, in high-level football and I know this club.

'I know these fans and I know these players - and I believe that we can get into the new year and we can have a chance.

'I have got to have the confidence that I am a good enough coach to put things right on the field.

'I have got no doubts at all - none whatsoever. I will keep believing that and I know it to be true.'

Reed took over from the sacked Iain Dowie last month. He added: 'I like challenges and solving problems and thinking things through so I am enjoying it.

'I am proud to be the coach at this club because it is a great club and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure it remains that way.

'I am also the kind of person that believes that once something is done you can not alter it, so do not dwell on it - but you can change what is about to happen.'

Reed feels victory over the Chairboys could act as a catalyst for a successful fight against relegation from the top flight.

'If we come off victorious then the fans will be very happy, the players will be pleased and it will be a complete contrast in the dressing room,' said the Charlton manager.

'What I hope is, that happens and that we get a big boost from it leading on to our league programme. I think it can be beneficial.'

Charlton will head into the hectic festive schedule without the services of captain Luke Young.

The England full-back, 27, suffered a knee injury during Saturday's defeat by Liverpool and could be out for around six weeks.

'I have had a long chat with Luke and hopefully he will be in and around the dressing room trying to gee the lads up,' said Reed.

'Nobody wants to get out of it more than he does.'