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Ferguson stays cool on title bid

Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson celebrates United's crucial victory at the JJB Stadium

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester United against complacency, even though they only need one more point to win the Premier League title.

United came from behind to beat Wigan 2-1 on Wednesday and a draw at home to Arsenal on Saturday will be enough.

But Ferguson warned: "We'll approach the game the way we always approach a game. We still have a job to do.

"It is against a very good Arsenal side - I don't take any notice of what is written, they are a very good side."

United had to come from behind to beat Wigan at the JJB Stadium, thanks to goals from Carlos Tevez and Michael Carrick.

Away goal 'worth wait' for Carrick

Wigan had taken the lead through a first-half Hugo Rodallega strike and Ferguson paid tribute to Steve Bruce's side.

"We were up against a very determined Wigan team," he added.

"We were fantastic in the second half. We kept going, got a little break and we were the better team. It was a really gutsy performance."

Wigan boss Bruce sympathised with his players as they came within four minutes of earning a point and he stated: "I'm hugely disappointed for the players because they deserved something.

Nemanja Vidic once... on 606

"They've shown everybody what the Premier League is all about, with their honesty and integrity. We had large periods of the game where we looked in control but you have to last for the entirety and in the end Michael Carrick's wonder goal settled it.

"Changing the mentality has been difficult over the last few weeks but it was back tonight. It's such performances that have got us to where we were in the league.

"I've been trying for 10 years to get a result against them and I thought tonight would be the night I got it but it wasn't to be. Overall I couldn't wish for anymore, we did everything we possibly could to get the result."

Bruce delighted with Wigan effort

He also praised goalscorer Rodallega, 23, and said: "Hugo has come of age a bit lately. As I've said before, I didn't want to throw him in just yet but I've had no chance.

"He was sitting puzzled when he first came, watching the way we play our game, but he's proving now to be a real asset and was a top player tonight."

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