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Ferguson revels in momentous win

Arsene Wenger (left) and Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson (right) consoles Wenger after Man Utd's victory

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says winning their next two Premier League games will secure the title after they beat Arsenal 2-1.

United are six points clear of Chelsea after victory over the Gunners and meet the second-placed Blues on 26 April.

Ferguson said: "If we win at Blackburn and at Chelsea we're champions. We've got over a nervous day.

"I thought it was a fantastic game, absolutely outstanding. You won't see a better game anywhere this season."

United came from a goal behind to beat the Gunners thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Owen Hargreaves, after Emmanuel Adebayor had given Arsenal the lead.

We are out of the title race of course, we know that

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Ferguson paid tribute to Arsenal for their part in a fabulous game and said Arsene Wenger's men did not deserve to lose.

Ferdinand delighted with 'massive' win

He added: "Arsenal had some great moments, they were brilliant at times. They bossed the first half and we looked nervous at times because of what today meant.

"We know Arsenal are a good team, they are such a good team and it was a big, big day today. It was nervy at times but we managed to come through it.

"They were very unlucky to lose you'd have to say, they gave it their biggest effort of the season and were magnificent, but we've still managed to win the game."

Ronaldo had to take his penalty twice after the first successful effort was ruled out for encroaching and Ferguson also hailed his 38-goal winger.

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"Wasn't that some effort from Ronaldo to tuck it away second time around, with all that pressure?" said Ferguson.

"It was a fantastic penalty and he showed great courage and great ability to stick it away."

Wenger conceded that Arsenal were out of the title race but said he was proud of his players for another fine performance.

"This team is amazing," he said. "They keep going and I am so proud of all of them.

"We are out of the title race of course, we know that. We played with quality and spirit, but what can you do about the result now?

"We had plenty of chances and I feel we were very unlucky not to win the game, but we have to accept what happened.

"In the last two months we have had a blip, but we have not had much luck either and you could see that again today.

"I believe this team is good enough to win things and our biggest target now is to keep the group together."


Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
How to watch Match of the Day
08 Oct 07 |  Match of the Day
Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal
13 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Sunday's football photos
13 Apr 08 |  Football
Premier League as it happened
13 Apr 08 |  Premier League


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