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Perhaps indicating that his mind was on Lyon's visit more than anything, Alex Ferguson refused to get overly excited about Manchester United's 3-0 win against Fulham.

So, So....

United may have scored three away from home and won in style, and in doing so closed the gap to Arsenal down to just the one point, but Fergie was as cool as a cucumber.

Perhaps it had something to do with news of Arsenal's equaliser just as he was heading into the tunnel, or it could be because a big clash against Lyon is just three games away.

"I didn't think we were special, but it was a windy day and in these conditions you need to have good concentration and I think we did the job well and very professionally," he told MUTV after the game.

"I don't think Fulham posed a great threat to us inside in the area, but elsewhere on the pitch they played some good stuff and pressed us well. So that was a test for us."

Happy For The Goal-Scorers

Owen Hargreaves and Ji-Sung Park - both of whom have had their injury worries - were on the scoresheet, and the Scotsman was pleased for them.

"Ji-sung's goal killed them really. It was a good goal and I'm pleased for Ji because it's his first in nearly a year," he said. "It was also good to see Owen get off the mark. I've seen him take free kicks in training and he's very good as he proved today."

He also spoke about rotation, having rested the likes of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo to give some fringe players a chance.

"You have to have faith in your squad and trust the players, and the team I picked today showed a great desire and worked very hard," he explained.

"The pleasing thing for me was I was able to use my squad with Tuesday's game with Lyon in mind. It was vital for us to rest Rooney and Ronaldo for that match."

A See-Saw

Finally, he spoke about the title race, in which the momentum is shifting towards Manchester United. However, he believes there are more twists and turns in it.

"The title race has been like a see-saw of late," he said. "We were ahead, then Arsenal went five points clear, now the gap is back to one point.

"And, of course, we're both looking over our shoulders at Chelsea, who enjoyed an emphatic win at West Ham. So it looks as if it's going to be a fantastic run-in.

"The important for us is to keep our momentum going. The players are showing a great appetite to play and the team spirit is very good. Results like those in the last two games against Newcastle United and Fulham will only help that."
 
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