Fergie will cheer on Gunners v Chelsea

December 15, 2005

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he will become an Arsenal fan for a day this weekend.

The unusual alliance is because the Gunners face Chelsea at Highbury on Sunday and Ferguson is desperate for a home win.

As well as easing the pressure on their under-fire manager, United cut Chelsea's Premiership lead to nine points with their 4-0 win over Wigan at Old Trafford last night.

Victory at Aston Villa on Saturday will see the Red Devils make further inroads into the Londoners' advantage, but it is only if Arsenal follow up such a success by recording one of their own that the title race will really be ignited again.

'Everyone is hoping Chelsea drop points - ourselves, Arsenal and Liverpool,' said Ferguson. 'We are all in the same boat.

'Really, we have to do our own job first. We are now level on games with Chelsea but nine points behind.

'It is a long way but the only thing we can do is try to get some consistent form into our own game and see where it takes us.

'If Chelsea do slip up, and anything is possible, we want to be the team that is next to them. If we are, we have a chance.'

Ferguson hopes United's biggest victory of the campaign will herald a change in fortune after a shocking week which started with a crushing European exit in Lisbon and was followed by a draw with Everton, results which brought the negative reaction which triggered the Scot's outburst against the media.

'It has been a bad week for Manchester United,' said Ferguson.

'The way to get over situations like these is to grit your teeth, stay together, persevere and stick to your principles.

'In the context of the last seven days, this victory could not have come at a better time.'