Title race easier than expected says Fergie

Manchester United manager Sir Alex FergusonManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he is surprised by the lead his side have built up at the top of the Premier League.

The Red Devils are now 15 points clear of defending champions Manchester City, and could wrap up the title with a handful of games to spare.

Fergie’s men missed out on the trophy to City on the final day of the 2011/12 season, with Sergio Aguero’s late goal proving to be decisive.

The Scot says that he was predicting another close battle this term, and is surprised by the buffer his team have already built up:

“With Manchester City coming on the scene in the last couple of years and Chelsea and Arsenal and Tottenham, you have teams vying for that top-four position. I expected it to be really tight.” He told Sirius XM.

“The first point was that after last season, we wanted to make sure we didn’t lose it on goal difference, and that has improved markedly.

“But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season.”

Both United and City have nine games left to play, and will face each other at Old Trafford in April.

The Sky Blues won the same fixture last season 6-1, in one of the Premier League’s shock results.

Goals from Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and David Silva settled the tie, with Darren Fletcher netting a consolation effort.

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