Fergie sets 84-point title target

BY foxsports • February 5, 2011

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has set an 84-point target as his side attempt to wrest the Premier League title from Chelsea.

Given United could set a club record of 30 league games unbeaten, stretching back to last season, at bottom club Wolves on Saturday evening, it would not seem to be an unreasonable goal.

Ferguson said: "Consistency is the key and over the last two months it has been very good. Consistency is the thing that gives you the extra yard or extra belief.

"They trust each other. You have to trust each other. They can look around the dressing room and we have some battled-hardened professionals who have been through the course many many times.

"We are going to find that in the run-in there are going to be some interesting games for Manchester United. We have a little lead but that can vanish overnight.

"Manchester City are in a challenging position in that top four. . Chelsea, Arsenal, ourselves and Tottenham, we are all in there battling.

"Our job is to retain that consistency and relish what we are going to experience. This is a great time to play football knowing you have an opportunity to win the league."

Ferguson expects a rough ride from Mick McCarthy's Wolves, who only lost to Bolton after a late Daniel Sturridge goal.

"I watched them against Bolton and I felt for Mick, I really did. It was devastating to lose that goal the way they did in the last minute of the game."

Meanwhile Ferguson wants Gary Neville to stay at Old Trafford in a coaching role, now the England defender has retired.

Ferguson said: "Gary has been a terrific example to all the young players here. At times he has helped these young players with their contracts.

"Time and again he has been prepared to fight their corner and make sure they get the right deal.

"We should have that presence and coaching ability Gary has at the Academy. I do think he has a role to play as a coach, I really do, particularly with the young players.

"He is taking his badges. He is ready to go into coaching and we will just find a role for him. We want him to stay."


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