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Ferguson aims for historic derby win for Manchester United

Manchester United could record one of their best ever wins on Sunday.

The Reds travel to the Etihad Stadium still stinging from the events of last season, when they lost their title on goal-difference with the final kick of the campaign. The site of Sergio Aguero reeling away after scoring City’s winner against Queens Park Rangers is one of the images of the Premier League era, and one which Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to wipe from memory as soon as possible.

A win over the Blues in the first derby of the 2012-13 season would give the Reds a six-point cushion over their neighbours, with 16 games of the campaign played. It would also mean United have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and City away from home already, three of the more difficult games of the calendar.

However, Roberto Mancini’s side have a formidable record at home. In fact, they have not lost a game at the Etihad since Everton beat them 2-1 back in December 2010, almost exactly two years ago. It is of little wonder, then, that Ferguson believes if his side end this run it could prove to be a historic result.

"If we win it will be one of our best-ever results," he told MUTV. "They are a really good, powerful team with massive players. It won't be easy and if we defend like we did at Reading we'll be in trouble. The important thing for us is to take lessons from the mistakes we're making and do something about it.”

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