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Ferguson after record points haul
Sir Alex Ferguson wants to regain the Premier League title with a record points haul. Manchester United need 22 points from their final nine games to top Chelsea’s high of 95 in 2004-05. United boss Fergie said: “If we get to 96 points I’d be absolutely delighted. That would be a fantastic season. If we get to that position, we have probably won the league.” Fergie is stunned to be racing away with the title in March, having lost out on goal difference to Manchester City in the final seconds of last season. He added: “With Manchester City coming on the scene and Chelsea and Arsenal and Spurs, you have teams vying for that top-four position. I expected it to be really tight. After last year we wanted to make sure we didn’t lose it on goal difference - and that has improved markedly. But I never thought that we would be 15 points clear at this stage.”
Of course, today’s papers are stuffed with reaction to the midweek internationals and England’s 1-1 draw with Montenegro on Tuesday night. Although many are largely critical of the Three Lions, Daily Mail journalist Neil Ashton pays tribute to Wayne Rooney after his goal scoring performance, writing: “Rooney is in his element. The enthusiasm is back, seeking out Gerrard for a special cuddle after his corner found its way to the England striker for his sixth goal in five appearances since Euro 2012. He is enjoying life in an England shirt again after the disappointment of last summer.”
Elsewhere, that handy public transport publication The Metro claims AC Milan are interested in signing United club captain Nemanja Vidic this summer.