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United determined to top league, midfielder declares

United determined to top league, midfielder declares

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung claims that the Premier League champions are ready go full throttle in a bid to snatch top spot from Arsenal ahead of their crucial head-to-head at Old Trafford on April 2.
Sir Alex Ferguson's team face relegation-threatened Fulham at Craven Cottage today, while Arsenal must overcome in-form Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.
And having closed the gap at the top of the Premiership to just three points last weekend, United are now back in control of their destiny with a superior goal difference also in their favor.
But the title is likely to rest on the outcome of the crunch clash between the two teams in six weeks' time and South Korean midfielder Park admits that the immediate priority for United is to overhaul Arsene Wenger's team as quickly as possible.
Park said: "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.
"After last weekend, the gap is only three points at the top of the table and that's very important for us. Remember we have to play Arsenal at Old Trafford in April, so that means we can potentially take another three points off them.
"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 last week, where we scored 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.
"I think Chelsea can also challenge. 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 believes we can go all the way."
Fulham's survival hopes now appear faint with the London club second-bottom and four points adrift of safety.
The decision to sack manager Lawrie Sanchez last December and replace him with the former Switzerland and Inter Milan coach Roy Hodgson has yet to pay off, with Hodgson having secured just one win in his nine games in charge.
And Sanchez, still out of work following his dismissal, insists that results have proved that Fulham acted too hastily by firing him two months ago.
Sanchez said: "The reason I was appointed last April was because the team had won only two games towards the end of last season. It was not as if they were flying high. Fulham thought they were going to get relegated but I came in and got them the points to keep them up.


Updated : 2021-04-15 09:48 GMT+08:00