Is this the best Man Utd team ever? Alan Pardew says the record shows they are up there with the best. Man United have a six-point lead over second-placed Arsenal, and are within touching distance of another Barclays Premier League title despite many onlookers having expressed the opinion that they are not as strong as they have been in the recent past. Alan Pardew: "Over the years, you could argue that they have had better teams - but this team doesn't seem to be listening to that and the stats are suggesting that this is as good as any they have had. "They have got a fantastic opportunity to get to the Champions League final, and they are probably going to win the Premier League. "I think Sir Alex [Ferguson] will be fairly pleased with that - I think I would be. "For us, it is a tough ask, but we have got a stronger team out than we had at Villa and I think we will play well."