SIR Alex Ferguson exercised trademark restraint when it came to predicting whether or not the 2012/13 Premier League title was as good as theirs following another victory for Manchester United the Stadium of Light, writes Graeme Anderson.
The relatively routine 1-0 win for the league leaders in front of nearly 44,000 fans today kept United’s advantage over defending champions Manchester City to an eye-watering 15 points with only seven games remaining.
But Ferguson was not in the mood to tempt fate.
He said: “We’re getting closer to getting over the line with each win, but the most important thing to do now is concentrate on the next (league) match, and that match is Manchester City.
“I do think the win over Sunderland is an important win for us, though.
“It means we go into the Manchester City game next week still having a big points cushion and that’s a real comfort.”
Next week’s derby against City at Old Trafford could just about put the issue beyond doubt for good though.
And Ferguson could be happy, not just with the victory, but with the fact that it was accomplished while Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand were rested – with one eye on tomorrow’s FA Cup sixth-round replay at Chelsea.
The United manager said: “I was pleased with us generally.
“The first half, I thought we did well, second-half I think you have to give credit to Sunderland – they have that great home support of theirs and we had to deal with that.
“We did have a bit of a worry about David de Gea when he had a collision – he was out cold for a couple of minutes – but he came back to see the game out and play an important role for us and he should be OK.”
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