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By: Akshet Shetty 09 Apr 2011 08:00:16

Hughes aware of United class

Fulham manager Mark Hughes maintains there is nothing lucky about Manchester United's fighting spirit - and maintains his old club are never beaten, they just sometimes "run out of time".

Sir Alex Ferguson's men remain on course for a potential treble after Wayne Rooney, who starts a two-match ban against Fulham on Saturday, netted a crucial away goal in the midweek Champions League quarter-final first-leg win at Chelsea.

Last weekend, United battled back from 2-0 down to win at West Ham courtesy of a hat-trick from Rooney, and Hughes said: "It happens time and time again, it is not coincidence or luck, it is because of what is drilled into them on a daily basis and what the manager demands of them - sometimes United run out of time, but they are never beaten."

Hughes hopes to be able to utilise such an approach within his own squad.

"You want to get to that point, where you see the qualities you need to get back into games when things are going against you," he said.

"The advantage they have over most teams is United have outstanding players to be able to do that, to turn things around.

"There are a lot of examples of teams with big names on paper that just haven't got that mentality because it is not driven from the top."

It is likely Ferguson will rotate his squad against the Cottagers, who have been beaten nine times away this season.

However, Hughes believes his old club will not lose any focus as they look to extend their seven-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the table.

He said: "Although you look on and think there are a lot of higher-profile games for them in the next couple of weeks, they are still very clear in their objectives, and will want to be chalking up another victory to take them closer to the championship."


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