Fergie - Win stressed urgency

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side have put the defeat against rivals Manchester City firmly behind them.

United boss delighted to close gap

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side have put the defeat against rivals Manchester City firmly behind them. The Red Devils were stunned by City earlier this month as Sven Goran Eriksson's men claimed a 2-1 success at Old Trafford. However, United have responded impressively, thumping Arsenal 4-0 in the FA Cup, drawing 1-1 away in the UEFA Champions League with Lyon and thrashing Newcastle 5-1 at St James' Park on Saturday. The triumph over Newcastle saw Ferguson's side reduce the gap at the top of the Premier League to three points following Arsenal's 2-2 stalemate with Birmingham City. And the Scot has expressed his delight at the result, warning The Gunners that his men are eager to overtake them at the summit of the table.

Urgency

"We were all disappointed with the performance against Manchester City and the players did their best to atone for that against Arsenal last week and in midweek against Lyon, which was a very good result," he said. "And today stresses the urgency to try to do better and be top of the league." Wayne Rooney struck a brace in the win on Tyneside, and he believes his team-mates have the quality to overhaul Arsenal at the top. "It was more important than ever that we won and we knew nothing less than the three points would do today," he told Setanta Sports. "Of course it is important that we keep the pressure on Arsenal. "We need to keep working hard and hopefully we will overtake them towards the end of the season."

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