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United look to seal the deal against Arsenal

Alex Ferguson has already masterminded 10 English titles since arriving at Manchester United but Saturday's clash with Arsenal offers him a rare opportunity to get the job done at Old Trafford.

sports Updated: May 14, 2009 23:18 IST

Alex Ferguson has already masterminded 10 English titles since arriving at Manchester United but Saturday's clash with Arsenal offers him a rare opportunity to get the job done at Old Trafford.

Only once under Fergsuon, in 1998-99, have United clinched top spot at their so-called Theatre of Dreams, the other nine all being sealed on opposition territory or by watching on as their rivals stumbled.

It was clearly a motivation on Wednesday when United came back from a goal down to beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 to leave them needing just a point against Arsenal to equal Liverpool's record of 18 championships.

“We will approach it like we approach every match and try to win it,” Ferguson said of Saturday's clash against an Arsenal side they thrashed 4-1 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final recently.

“We know how good a side they are and we will have to perform well.”

Arsenal will be smarting from their humbling treatment at the hands of United and their 4-1 home defeat by Chelsea on Sunday which left them marooned in fourth place and facing a potentially tricky path into next season's Champions League.

Should United avoid defeat against Arsenal, Liverpool will be left to make sure they finish second and keep Chelsea at bay. Chelsea are just three points behind Liverpool and host Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

Ferguson insists Tevez will stay

Ferguson revealed that talks aimed at keeping Carlos Tevez at Manchester United were underway. The unsettled striker came off the bench to inspire a 2-1 comeback win over Wigan on Wednesday. Tevez said at the weekend that he expected to leave United at the end of a season. But Ferguson insisted United thinks otherwise.

“He is a fantastic player. He knows I want him to stay. I had a chat with him today and (chief executive) David Gill has had meetings with him,” Ferguson said.