Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson attends the
unveiling of a sculpture commemorating his career at the
club, at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester last month.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson predicts the
Premier League title will be won by either his team or their
fierce rivals Manchester City.
The teams clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (local time)
with United three points clear of champions City. They have
already opened up a gap on third-placed Chelsea, who are a
further seven points adrift.
"I think the two sides have that gap over Chelsea, Arsenal
and Tottenham. It will be difficult to think the two of us
will collapse. I think it will be between the two of us,"
Ferguson told reporters.
Even if United end City's unbeaten start to the season on
Sunday, Ferguson said a six-point advantage at this stage of
the season would not be that significant.
"It won't mean a great deal because there's such a long way
to go until the end of the season," he said. "You can never
be sure and you can lose to anyone. That's the kind of league
we're in. It's a tough league."
United will be without wingers Nani, who has a hamstring
injury, and Antonio Valencia, who has a hip problem, for the
derby after Ferguson revealed the pair would be out of action
for a "few weeks".
Captain Nemanja Vidic, who had been touted for a midweek
return in the Champions League, and playmaker Shinji Kagawa
will also miss out and are now set to return against
Sunderland the following week.
"I thought Kagawa may have done enough to make the bench on
Wednesday but no, he's well short," Ferguson said.
"But I don't think he'll be available until the Sunderland
game. Vidic has certainly been doing well in training and it
suits his own confidence to play but I think the game on
Sunday is a bit soon for him. I think he'll be ready for
"I know we've got a few injuries at the moment but we've got
a big strong squad of players. Nani and Valencia are still
out. It will be a few weeks with them."