Ferguson demands title focus

09 February 2009 07:37
Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to get carried away despite seeing Manchester United return to the top of the table following Sunday's 1-0 victory at West Ham United. Ryan Giggs' decisive 62nd minute strike at Upton Park sent the champions back to the summit with a two-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool. But despite also holding a game in hand on their nearest rivals, Ferguson has warned against complacency. He said: "Mistakes can be made. We had an 11-point lead over Arsenal in 1998 and lost the league, so we are not counting our chickens. "We shouldn't either because this game can come and bite you. "This is a fantastic result and performance. It is time to kick on." Meanwhile, Ferguson reserved special praise for his defence and Edwin van der Sar after the veteran Dutch goalkeeper claimed a British record for the longest amount of time without conceding a league goal. "For Manchester United, over 20 hours without conceding a goal is extraordinary because normally we get scorelines like 4-3," he continued. "It is great credit to the players. I am very proud of them. "The record is a great motivation for the players, particularly Edwin. "He has everyone jumping out of their skin at the moment."

Source: ESA