At his weekly press conference ahead of this weekend’s Aston Villa match, Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United have enough attacking firepower to avoid losing successive Premier League titles on goal difference.
And he reckons Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney will both score 20 goals plus – in addition to the contribution of current top-scorer Robin van Persie.
Ferguson believes that United have a more balanced strike force this season saying:
“I don’t expect us to lose on goal difference again.”
Van Persie has scored 11 goals in 14 matches in all competitions since his summer move from Arsenal – but Ferguson believes United have not become over-dependant on him.
“I don’t think it’s a problem relying on Robin,” he said.
“The way Javier has started this season, I’m certain he will get to 20 goals plus. He’s looking fresh and aggressive with his running always a handful.’
“Wazza will get there too, he’ll get 20 goals plus I’m sure. It’s a healthy combination we’ve got there.”
This season United have scored more than any other top-flight side this season; 26 goals in their opening 10 Premier League matches with Van Persie scoring eight of them.