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Manchester United could be about to overtake Liverpool for the record number of English League championships, but interim manager Kenny Dalglish is concentrating on his own side.

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Dalglish, on a contract to the end of the season but the overwhelming choice of the fans to continue, believes the club must forget about the troubles of this season and challenge at the top of the table next season.

Sir Alex Ferguson may have been using mind games when he said this week that Liverpool would be among the title challengers next season, and Dalglish was not about to disagree with him.

Dalglish said: "We want to get this season over first and see what happens. But he's [Sir Alex] not usually wrong is he? If someone is setting the bar high, we have to get to that level. We are not there yet but hopefully we will get there.

"We have Steven Gerrard to come back next year and, if you add that to our firepower, it starts to look a bit ominous."

Sir Alex underlined his desire to overtake Liverpool in the wake of his side's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Man City: "The league is still the first target - it has to be.

"The Newcastle match [on Tuesday] is more important than the ones we've just had. We are well aware we need to win and that will probably be reflected in my selection."

Liverpool travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, and it is that game which interests Dalglish rater than any talk about United's potential 19th title.

He said: "There is nothing we can do about that. Losing against Arsenal will hurt the players and myself - we can't concern ourselves with what somebody else feels.

"It has surprised me Liverpool haven't won a championship since 1991. If you don't win enough points, you don't get any prizes.

"We have still won five European Cups, though - so there is a bit of history to hang on to.''

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