Manchester United summon stamina as title race enters 2013
LONDON (AFP) - Premier League leaders Manchester United begin the year 2013 at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday, with manager Alex Ferguson hoping they can muster enough freshness to keep Manchester City at arm's length.
United overcame West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday to take their tally of goals to 50 in 20 games and preserve the seven-point advantage they enjoy over second-place City at the top of the standings.
Ferguson's men have galvanised their grip on first place during the Christmas period and are now overwhelming favourites to secure a 20th English title.
However, although Christmas is now behind them, the fixtures continue to come thick and fast, and with an FA Cup game at West Ham United on Sunday, Ferguson will have to manage his resources carefully.