"We have to put it in a bit of perspective. You drop points in the second half of the season. We have done it most years."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

13/04/2012 11:12, Report by A Marshall & G Thompson
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Perspective needed

Sir Alex Ferguson has urged everybody to put Wednesday's loss at Wigan into perspective.

The Reds' eight-match domestic winning streak ended with the shock DW Stadium defeat but all the focus is now on proving a rare poor performance was merely a blip in the context of the title race.

The champions are five points clear with five games to play, starting with Sunday's encounter with Aston Villa.

"There's no injuries from Wednesday, which is probably the only thing we can take out of the game," admitted the boss. "We are disappointed to lose that game, so Sunday is important for us. Hopefully, we get back on track.

"We have to put it in a bit of perspective. You drop points in the second half of the season. We have done it most years. There has been an odd year when we have gone on a long run without losing - the Treble year - and another one where Ruud [van Nistelrooy] scored something like nine games in a row.

"A couple of years back, we lost 4-1 to Liverpool and won the league by nine points. You do drop points on the run-in. [Manchester] City and ourselves have both experienced that. From the position we were in a few months ago, to where we are today, we have to be delighted.

"The great part of our club is that we do recover, and we have to recover from Wednesday. How Wigan are at the bottom of that league, I don't understand. They play as good a football as anyone in the league. They dominated us in the first half and deserved to win."

Villa will be similarly fired up for their Old Trafford examination, with Alex McLeish's outfit starting to look nervously over their shoulders as so many of the strugglers start to pick up vital points.

"I think Villa are probably safe but you never know," opined Sir Alex. "They are six points clear with five games left, so they can't be dead sure. As they were against Liverpool and Stoke, they will be very determined.

"After Sunday - hopefully we win - we have four games left. Eventually, you whittle them all away and you are left with none. Hopefully, we will achieve what we want to achieve."

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