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United greats agree: 19th title there for the taking

Sitting pretty top of the table on Christmas Day in the closest title race for years. Two points clear and with games in hand, Sir Alex Ferguson has been there, done that more times than he can remember so his thoughts on what may lie ahead in the second half of the season are well worth listening to. “Someone asked me are you surprised to be top of the league?” he explains “I’m only surprised that people are surprised! All the top teams are dropping points, they don’t recognise how tough the league is now. My aim is to be top of the league by January 4. If we’re still top then, we’ve done well” he said.

6,500 matches for this Manchester United side

Those last few hours before a match are always nerve wracking ones as the kick off is anxiously awaited. So here’s a piece put together by the Manchester Evening News which could help sooth those nerves. It has selected the ultimate Manchester United starting eleven based on legends who have made the most appearances for the club. A total of 6,500 were made between them and a flexible 4-4-2 formation – with a touch of journalistic license here and there, was used to come up with this star studded, long service line up.