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Football: MAKE IT EASY AND MOVE ON TO REDS.

Byline: By SIMON STONE

SIR ALEX FERGUSON is targeting a Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon tonight to give Manchester United a smooth run to their Premier League crunch with Liverpool.

Having seen his side slip to a shock defeat at Bolton on Saturday and fall three points adrift of Arsenal, who also have a game in hand, Ferguson knows United cannot afford to make any more mistakes in the foreseeable future.

While home games against Fulhamnext Monday and Derby immediately afterwards should allow the Red Devils to recover the winning habit, the trip to Anfield on December 16 now takes on huge significance.

And while his own side are already through in the Champions League a win against Sporting Lisbon tonight will confirmtop spot in Group F, rendering their trip to AS Roma, immediately before the Liverpool showdown, meaningless.

"The Liverpool game is one thing we have looked at," said Ferguson.

"We knowSporting Lisbon need to get a result tomorrow as well which is why I amnot playing too many youngsters.

"It indicates our desire to make sure we win to give us the opportunity to play the way we want to against Roma."

With Wayne Rooney still missing, Ferguson may pair Carlos Tevez and Louis Saha up front once again, despite the duo's failure to score against Bolton.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani will combine against their old clubs.

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United strikers Carlos Tevez (left) and Louis Sahatrain yesterday
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2007
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