Papers: Pot the lot
Fergie: Let's pot the lot
Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Manchester United to win EVERY game between now and the end of the season. The world, European and Premier League champions remain on course for an unprecedented Quintuple after moving five points clear at the top of the league with Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Fulham. Already in the Carling Cup final and still going strong in the FA Cup and Champions League, United appear on course to add to the Club World Cup they won in Japan two months ago. Victory at home to Blackburn tomorrow would see United open up an eight-point lead over closest challengers Liverpool ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Sunday. But with United on a nine-match winning streak in the league, Ferguson admits that the target for his players is to win every remaining game. Ferguson said: “We are in excellent form. We may not win every game between now and May, but that will be our aim. There is a mental toughness about the team these days and that will stand us in good stead as the pressure builds. This group of players has been together for a couple of seasons and they have developed strong bonds. And as we enter the final months of the season, I think we are going to take some beating.”Richard Tanner, Daily Express
Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt isn't perturbed by United's ominous form and five-point lead in the Premier League title race, insisting that the Merseysiders are coming good in time to mount a sustained challenge. "It's right to say we have players who are just reaching their peak," says the Dutchman.
The Sun's David Facey claims Danny Welbeck was omitted from the first team squad to face Fulham because his goal celebration against Derby was too arrogant. However, the 18-year-old's positive reaction - scoring a brace for the Reserves - could see him back in the squad to face Blackburn.