Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to get carried away after seeing his side retain their place at the summit of the Premier League. A 1-0 win at home to West Ham, courtesy of the fastest goal in the league this season at 33 seconds from Robin van Persie, kept the Red Devils ahead of local rivals Manchester City by a point and extended their lead over third-placed Chelsea to seven points.
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“The three points means we’re still ahead in the league,” said Ferguson.
“With Chelsea drawing, it draws us away from them a little bit further, but City are on our tails. It’s going to be a long season.”
Ferguson admitted Man Utd were not at their best in their victory over West Ham, with the expected deluge of goals after van Persie’s quick-fire opening never materialising. However, the manager was quick to stress the importance of such hard-fought victories.
“The importance of winning 1-0 in certain games is your opponents know the resilience is there,” continued the veteran Scotsman.
“If you look at some of the really important one-nils we’ve had, go back to beating Newcastle when they were nine points clear of us (in 1996). Our 1-0 that night won us the league. There are important 1-0 victories. We’ve had many of them.”
Summer signing van Persie is Man Utd’s top scorer, with 12 goals in 18 appearances in all competition, with nine of those strikes coming in the Premier League.
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