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Fergie: Villa can break awesome foursome

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Aston Villa are the only team that have a chance of cracking the Premier League's established top four this season.

Although the Red Devils returned to winning ways against West Ham United to keep up the pressure on leaders Liverpool on Wednesday night, it was Martin O'Neill's Villa that joined Chelsea and Arsenal in the leading quartet, following a 3-2 win against Blackburn Rovers.

But Ferguson still expects the old order to re-establish itself despite his concession that Villa might get there.

"I do not see anyone breaking in, other than Aston Villa," said the United boss.

"It is possible they might do it - but no-one else."

Ferguson is sure it will not be his team that misses out on the Champions League places and two goals from Ronaldo and a brilliant piece of skill from Dimitar Berbatov in the 2-0 win against the Hammers are just two reasons for the manager's positivity.

Seemingly shadowed by James Collins, Berbatov left the West Ham defender stranded next to the byline with an amazing pirouette before presenting Ronaldo with a two-yard tap-in.

"Dimitar's play for the second goal was absolutely magnificent," said Ferguson. "You would pay a lot of money to watch that.

"He has such fantastic control and balance. It truly was marvellous."

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