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AIN'T NO STOPPING US NOW; United boss reckons 19th title is coming home: Sir Alex: Pressure's on ... but we just love it.

Byline: Steve BATES

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Sir Alex Ferguson last night warned his title rivals: "Nothing will stop us this season."

Even though the Old Trafford boss has seen the heart ripped from his defence for almost half the campaign, he believes his in-form stars have the strength to ride the knocks - and become champions again.

He said: ''I have set us a title target: Win every game between now and the end of the season.

Essential ''So no messing about. I am asking that we win our final nine games.

''I have built a squad that should enable us to compete on all fronts and I am not going to prioritise, except to say that it is essential we strain every sinew to win the League. That's the expectation and there is no hiding from it.'' Ferguson's men, fresh from their demolition of AC Milan, face a tricky test against Roy Hodgson's Fulham today.

But he said while title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal might feel the pressure, his stars will stay cool, calm and collected ... as they have in the past three years.

He said: "We don't have to get in a flap. We don't get carried away at this stage of the season or panic about anything. I have a trusted bunch of lads with a good balance of experience and youth.

"We lost to Liverpool around this time last year but it didn't de-rail us.

"There might be a game where we lose a couple of points but others will drop points, too.

"Nothing will stop us. It won't be easy - I actually don't think anyone is going to have it particularly easy this year. We have a wee advantage over last season when we played about 58 games. This time we haven't got the FA Cup or the World Club Championship."

Ferguson, 68, knows his senior players will play a key role in Europe and at home if United are to claim the crown to move ahead of Liverpool's 18 titles. He added: "Having Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra in the defence against AC Milan was fantastic - what experience they have. Scholes, too. They have all been there before and they know how to handle the run in."

Ferguson relishes this time of the campaign, drawing on all his management experience during a period which sorts the men from the boys.

"You are ready for what's ahead," he said. "There is a real excitement because we are still in the European Cup and the draw is next Friday.

Thrill "People will be wondering who we'll get and they are saying we want them or them but you get what you get.

"This is the reason you start out in this job to have these moments. You want a career where you are getting involved with the best games possible.

"I remember the thrill of getting promoted with St Mirren and going to play Celtic and Rangers - the biggest moments of my life at that time. And then on to Aberdeen to achieve what I did.

''That's what you do, set yourself to be the best you possibly can.

"I am at the right club and every game is a different type of challenge because if you lose a game it means something and you try to avoid those kind of games.

"At moments like these I don't think about the future - never.

"I don't think too far ahead because you never know, you might not be here."


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Date:Mar 14, 2010
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