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Ledley relishing United challenge

Posted on 11 December 2008  - 12:00

Ledley King feels our performances against Manchester United in recent seasons suggest we are more than capable of defeating the champions at The Lane on Saturday.

Ledley relishing United challenge

Ledley King feels our performances against Manchester United in recent seasons suggest we are more than capable of defeating the champions at The Lane on Saturday.

Although we have not beaten Sir Alex Ferguson's side since May 2001, it was only a last gasp Carlos Tevez equaliser that denied us the three points in this fixture last season.

In our two visits to Old Trafford during the 2007/08 campaign, in both the league and FA Cup, we more than matched the Red Devils before succumbing to narrow defeats, and our skipper feels there is little between the teams.

Ledley also cites this season's form which sees us unbeaten in games against the other sides who currently occupy the divison's top four spaces - Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

So on the back of Monday night's 2-0 victory at West Ham, in which Ledley scored his first goal in three years, he is relishing this latest encounter.

"It's a massive game whenever you play the champions, a great game to be involved in," he said. "They have fantastic players throughout their squad and, as a player, these are the games you want to be involved in, testing yourself against the top players.

"It's a good challenge for us. We've not lost to the other three sides in the top four we've played so far and we can take confidence from that.

"It's been close between us and United in recent years, but that's what makes them champions - they find a way of getting a result.

"That's what has happened in the past, but we're on a good run now and we're confident that perhaps now is the right time to get a result against United."

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