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30/01/2009 14:59, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Sir Alex calls for focus

Some pundits, and even supporters, might have you believe that a third consecutive title is inevitable for United; but Sir Alex Ferguson is not giving any time or thought to such a notion.

The Reds are now two points in front at the Premier League’s summit, with a game in hand. And with Liverpool entertaining Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday, that lead could be extended further if results work in United’s favour. But United’s wily manager isn’t getting too carried away.

“The one thing that is inevitable is that the league is full of shocks,” he said at his press conference on Friday. “We’ve experienced it before, we’ve lost leagues in the past when we thought we were in a great position.

“We’ve lost the league on the last game of the season when we should have won it, and we’ve won leagues on the last game. What it tells you is that football is there to kick you in the teeth. So the best way to handle that from our perspective is not to get carried away, and not make predictions about the outcome of the league. By doing that we can concentrate on each game as it comes along and treat it seriously.”

United were always bound to be playing catch-up this season with the distractions of a Super Cup final in Monaco and the Club World Cup in Japan. But the Reds have quickly made up ground and

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Staying focused

“The one thing that is inevitable is that the league is full of shocks. Football can kick you in the teeth. So the best way to handle that is not to get carried away, not make predictions about the outcome of the league, concentrate and treat every game seriously.”

- Sir Alex Ferguson

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