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09/05/2008 09:43

Papers: Boss hails defence

Reds squeeze the life out of rivals
Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed his United defence for providing the platform for a 10th Premier League title. Cristiano Ronaldo may have taken all the plaudits and individual awards again this season for his 40-goal haul, but Fergie singled out United's rearguard for special praise. "I've always said the foundation for any championship-winning side is the defence," he said. "And ours has been fantastic this season. They've formed a great understanding. The secret is in their character, determination and attitude. They can play together for years to come." The Reds need a clean sheet in Sunday's final game of the season at Wigan to set a new club benchmark for conceding the fewest goals in a league campaign.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

The Mirror also reckon Wigan are worried that United will double their allocated 5,000 support inside the ground on Sunday. Chairman Dave Whelan also believes there could be an extra 20,000 Reds outside the JJB. He said: "There's already talk about £450 a ticket. There are a lot of people in Wigan who support United - I think we will be swamped."

Whelan believes Sir Alex’s reign at Old Trafford may be nearing an end and that his Wigan manager Steve Bruce is one of the leading candidates to replace him.

Ahead of Sunday's title finale, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole insists they must concentrate on beating Bolton, rather than worry how United are getting on at Wigan.

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