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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Manchester United's history defined by late goals, says Alex Ferguson

MANCHESTER United manager Alex Ferguson said their late victory over Blackburn "typifies the history of the club".

looked on course to drop two points in the Premier League title race as they struggled to break down a resolute Blackburn defence, but two late goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young in the final 10 minutes saw them stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points.

"We always had them under the cosh, we just had to be careful of the counter-attack, Ferguson said. "It was a long night. We had to persevere and in the end we got our rewards for it.

"The goal by Valencia, coming so late in the game, was obviously important. It typifies the history of our club.

"If you don't try to shoot you don't find out if you can score like that. He got amazing power on it.

"To get that goal is very difficult with the way Blackburn defended."

United have now won 10 of their last 11 games and could stretch their lead to eight points with victory against QPR next Sunday, with Manchester City due to travel to Arsenal later that day. But Ferguson, chasing a 13th title at Old Trafford, does not believe the race is over.

"There are seven games left and my experience is that it doesn't matter what points you have, it's just about the next game.

"It doesn't matter if it is next Sunday, next Wednesday, the Sunday after that - they are all big ones.

"The players are prepared for that. We will fight right to the end in all the games for the right to win the matches."

But Ferguson believes United have stolen a march in another area.

"We've scored more goals (than City) now and that's a big step forward," he said. "It could come to goal difference. We had a deficit of 17 and now it's only one, so that's a big step forward for us."

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