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The Manchester United manager has challenged his team to beat Chelsea’s total of 95 points from the 2004-05 season

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his Manchester United side to beat Chelsea's points total of 95 points set in the 2004-05 Premier League season.

The Red Devils are currently 15 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester City in the league with only nine games left, and would require seven wins to equal Chelsea’s record, with a 101-point haul possible if they were to win every game.

The Scot said if his team were to reach the record he "would be absolutely delighted", and such a points total would see United win their 20th league title.

"The record is 95 points by Chelsea," he told reporters.

"If we get to 95 points I would be absolutely delighted. That would be a fantastic season.

"And if we do get to that position, we have probably won the league."

United missed out on the league title last year on goal difference following a dramatic final-day finish which saw Sergio Aguero score an injury-time winner against QPR to hand the title to neighbours Manchester City.

But having signed last season's top-scorer Robin van Persie from Arsenal for £24 million in the summer, United now need just four wins and a draw to seal the the 2012-13 league title.

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