Fergie: United have 'outstanding chance' of claiming 19th title
Published 23:00 23/04/11 By Simon Mullock
Sir Alex Ferguson warned his Premier League title rivals that Manchester United have the look of champions – again.
It took a late header from Javier Hernandez to beat Everton at Old Trafford and keep United on course for the Premier League crown.
They are now six points clear of Chelsea, who kept up their challenge with a 3-0 home win over West Ham, which included Fernando Torres’s first goal in 12 games.
United can win the title for a record 19th time by beating Arsenal and Chelsea in their next two matches because their goal difference is so superior to their rivals.
Hernandez headed home his 19th goal of the season seven minutes from time to make it an incredible 16 wins and a draw from 17 home matches this season.
United boss Ferguson said: “There’s only four games left now and the way we are going about our business gives us an outstanding chance.”
Asked whether they feel like champions, he said: “Yes. There’s a winning attitude and determination about them.
“You can test people’s characters with these qualities. They refuse to give in and have a determination to do better. The thing that puzzles me is that people keep saying we still have to play Arsenal and Chelsea, as if it’s clear we are going to lose those games. Why can’t we win them? Why should people say that we can’t beat Chelsea at home or go to the Emirates and win like we’ve done many times before?
“I told the players today to forget all the rubbish and just win their games.
“If we do that, we’ll be all right but we need to keep our heads down and not get carried away.”
Hernandez, the Mexican striker bought for just £6million last summer, conjured up yet another winner.
Ferguson added: “We didn’t expect that from him. We thought it would take a year for him to get settled in properly. But he has adapted to English football very quickly.
“He’s in at nine o’clock every day and he’s the last to leave.”
Hernandez said: “To win the Premier League in my first season would be fantastic.
“But we know we need to take it game by game. We can’t think about the title just yet.
“The next step is the Champions League and the game against Schalke on Tuesday.”