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Saturday 19 November 2011

Ferguson sets Man Utd goal

Old Trafford manager says January is a key time to lead the table

Sir Alex Ferguson's team have found themselves behind rivals Manchester City

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says he wants his side to establish themselves as front-runners in the Barclays Premier League title race by January.

United return from the international break with a match at Swansea and Ferguson wants his team to use the match as a springboard to eventually overhaul local rivals Manchester City - who lead the table by five points.

Ferguson said: "We have an opportunity to get consistency and good form and by January we hope we are in the right position in the league.

"It’s always crucial in my diary or ­calendar that we get there in good order at that time of the year.

"Swansea play good, attacking football - we know we have got a tough game"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

"It’s an opportunity for us to kick on. I don’t think at this time we’re looking over our shoulders or up above us, because it’s still so early in the season."

Swansea surprised many by securing promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season - but Brendan Rodgers' side have acquitted themselves well in the early stages of the season.

They earned a draw at Anfield with a highly creditable performance in their last match and Ferguson warned they would be no pushovers.

"It’s an interesting game because ­everyone’s been taken by the way they have played," he said.

"‘They’ve kept their philosophy of ­playing good, attacking football. We know we have got a tough game, but that’s the way our league is."

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Key Points

  • Man Utd five points behind City at international break
  • Ferguson's team resume with match at Swansea
  • Manager says January is the key time to hit top spot