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Fergie hoping for Magpie lift

ALEX FERGUSON is hoping that Premier League title rivals Manchester City can slip up against Newcastle to give Manchester United one last crack at the title.

City remain favourites as the 2011/12 title races nears the end-game, with United expected to win at home to Swansea City on Sunday, on the same day that City face a tricky game away to an in-form Newcastle.

"The challenge for City is to win at Newcastle," said Ferguson.

"Newcastle is a very difficult place and they are playing well. After that incredible defeat at Wigan, they galvanised themselves to win at Chelsea and, as everyone knows, winning at Chelsea is very difficult. We have not done it for eight years."

City keeper Joe Hart has called on his team-mates to finish off the job and "wrap up" the league title.

"We are not on a late surge. We have not been battling in fourth or fifth and all of a sudden come good. After Arsenal, we were strongly reminded that we were leading and then we supposedly cracked up," Hart said.

"But we are back at the top when it matters. We have two big games to go. Hopefully we wrap up this league."

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