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Sir Alex out to win title in style

Sir Alex Ferguson is in bullish mood as Manchester United head into two huge matches against Arsenal and Chelsea.

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United could easily settle for a point from both matches to push them even closer to a 19th league title, but Sir Alex is determined to go out and win the games, starting with Sunday's trip to a beleaguered Arsenal side. Chelsea visit Old Trafford next weekend.

"The slant I seemed to be getting from the media was that Arsenal and Chelsea were expecting to win these games," he told the Daily Mirror. "My view is, 'Why can't we win these matches?' Surely, given the form we are in, we can win these matches.

"They are difficult games. But in the form we are in we have a good chance. If we get a point it's not the worst point you will get, down at Arsenal. But we are not looking for a point.

"Even after that we have to go to Blackburn and play Blackpool at home. These two teams are fighting relegation. If we get to the last game, the last at home, needing to win to win the league we will be happy with that."

United are famous for their end-of-season form which has seen them dominate the Premier League since it began in 1992. Two years ago Liverpool discovered that to their cost when, despite a superb run of results, United still won the league by four points.

"It was the same at Aberdeen as well," he said. "We always did well in the springtime. We look forward to these games. We want to be there and have these run-ins. They are hard but the more experience you get, the better you can handle it.

"It's a natural thing," he said. "The personality of the manager is the most important thing in the club. That personality involves the determination of your character, your philosophies. That personality can inspire players to be better and to believe and trust - the qualities we are seeing in our team."


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