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United may have thumped five goals past Newcastle last weekend but Ji-sung Park hopes the Reds won't need to rely on goal difference come the end of the season.

Sir Alex's men went into the most recent round of Barclays Premier League fixtures level with Arsenal in terms of goal difference (+36) but a five-goal haul at St James' Park, coupled with the Gunners' draw with Birmingham City, saw United gain a valuable advantage.

And while it puts United in pole position should the teams finish level on points, South Korean midfielder Ji-sung Park is determined the title race doesn't go down to the wire.

“After the weekend, the gap is only three points at the top of the table and that's very important for us,†Park told MUTV.

“And remember we have to play Arsenal at Old Trafford in April, so that means we can potentially take another three points off them. Everybody in the squad is determined to get to the top of the league as quickly as possible and I'm sure it will happen.

“The league is close so it's possible we'll end the season on the same points as Arsenal. In that case, games like the one against Newcastle where we score four or five goals can certainly help us.

“I prefer not to think about that scenario though! We just want to win all our games and I'd rather finish comfortably ahead of Arsenal come the end of the season.â€

Park says the desire to reel in the Gunners sooner rather than later is shared by everyone at the club, although he's quick to point out the title isn't necessarily a two-horse race.

“I think Chelsea can also challenge,†he said. “They have real quality in their squad and lots of hunger to win. But our confidence is high at the moment and we just want to hurry up and get back on top. Everybody beliees we can go all the way.â€
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