Alex Ferguson: Big games could be crucial

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is excited ahead of tough Premier League clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea, believing they could go a long way in deciding who lands the title this season.

The Red Devils take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday before welcoming the Gunners to Old Trafford on December 13.

Ferguson's side then face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge six days later and the Scot is looking to get the best out of all his squad players over the busy festive period.

"You always want to win those games because they are really significant," Ferguson said.

"We have managed to claw ourselves into a position where we are two points ahead of Chelsea, so the game at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal's trip to Manchester will certainly be very important, there's no doubt about that.

"We saw that last season – some big decisions didn't go our way in the two matches against Chelsea and they ended up costing us important points.

"You are aware that you have to use your squad well because there are so many games, particularly during that week between Christmas and New Year.

"Three matches in six days is a lot. It is a hectic period but we have the players to cope. Hopefully we're in the right position come the start of January."

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