London, May 9 (ANI): Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester City that his team can smell the Premier League title thanks to striker Cristiano Ronaldo who has fired seven goals in the last eight games.
Boss Ferguson believes his Manchester United players are as up for a derby as they have ever been, with the finishing line fast approaching in both the Premier League and Europe.
And he insists, tomorrow, City will meet a team who have hit top form at just the right time.
The Sun quoted Fergie as saying: "A lot of our players are smelling the big games now. They are beginning to smell the atmosphere of the big games.
They smell the occasion more and that's encouraging us more. Look at the last few weeks. We've had a fantastic performance at Porto and two fantastic displays against Arsenal - plus the second half with Tottenham was superb and we produced a really good performance at Middlesbrough. The team has come to top form at the right time. I'd like to say it is all down to our preparation but, to be honest, it is not. I think it is more that the players smell the situation so well.""They like the big-game situation, they have proved that. They have proved they can handle it. We're in good form now," he added.Ronaldo has scored 25 goals this season, which is a far cry from the 42 that he scored in the last season, but it is still a fantastic tally for a player regarded as a wide player. (ANI)