Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester City will find it difficult to win at Newcastle

The Manchester United manager believes Alan Pardew's side are in excellent form but concedes two more victories will secure the title for his city rivals

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester City will have to be on the top of their game to beat Newcastle United in Sunday's crucial Premier League clash. 

The local rivals find themselves level on points with only two games to play after City claimed a 1-0 on Monday night over their neighbours thanks to a Vincent Kompany header.

Sunday sees Roberto Mancini’s men travel to Newcastle before United host Swansea at Old Trafford and Sir Alex feels that City won’t find it easy against Alan Pardew’s following their win at Chelsea on Wednesday.

"Newcastle is a very difficult place and they are playing well,” Sir Alex told reporters.

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"After that incredible defeat at Wigan, they galvanised themselves to win at Chelsea and, as everyone knows, winning at Chelsea is very difficult. We have not done it for eight years."

City currently occupy top spot on goal difference - leading United by eight goals - and Sir Alex does not think his side will be able to overtake them if they win their remaining two fixtures.

"They have got two games left. If they win their two games they win the league," he said.

"People talk about goal difference, but it depends how many they win by. Say they win 3-0 on Sunday, their lead would be 11 and they still have QPR at home.

"That would be impossible."