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Fergie Confident Of Recovery

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**United boss demands response from humiliated side

Sir Alex Ferguson has no doubt Manchester United will recover from their thrashing to Manchester City and be back on course by the New Year.

City moved five points clear of United at the top of the Premier League after storming to a 6-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

But manager Ferguson is confident the reigning champions can bounce back from the humiliation and reclaim their lead.

He told The Sun: "You have to recover. The history of Manchester United is 'another day' and we will recover.

"We'll come back. By January we'll be OK. We usually get the show on the road in the second half of the season and that will have to be the case.

"We will react, no question about that."
The manager's biggest worry, however, is that the title could come down to goal difference.

Sunday's result took City's goal tally this season to 33, with Roberto Mancini's men having conceded just seven.

United current's goal difference is plus 14 compared to City's 26, and Ferguson added: "It's the manner of the defeat.

"Goal difference may count. Last year it was in our favour, most years it is in our favour...this time, maybe not.