Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United will only get stronger in the Premier League title race after watching them win at Tottenham to move back to within two points of Manchester City.
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United produced a classic smash-and-grab raid at White Hart Lane in a game manager Ferguson described as their hardest away from home this season.
The 3-1 victory was the last of a tough run of fixtures for the champions, who have a much easier sequence before travelling to the Etihad Stadium on April 30 for what could be a title decider.
"It’s a massive, massive position that we’re in now, really good position," said Ferguson, whose squad is set to be further boosted by the return of Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia, with Anderson already back in the fold.
"We’ll have Smalling ready for Thursday, Cleverley will be ready for next Sunday, Valencia will be ready in 10 days’ time.
"If we get a big squad, it’s going to give us a better chance."
United’s cause has also been helped by David De Gea finally beginning to look like the goalkeeper they paid Atletico Madrid £18million for last summer.
The Spaniard produced another fine display to keep a dominant Spurs at bay, especially a superb reaction save from Jake Livermore’s deflected drive.
Ferguson said: "Fantastic save, absolutely brilliant, and that’s the kind of save that the boy’s capable of making.
"He did it last week at Norwich, made two or three great saves then. He’s done it again."