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Woody ready for United test

Jonathan Woodgate is relishing the prospect of facing the ultimate test of our recent fine form - a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Jonathan Woodgate is relishing the prospect of facing the ultimate test of our recent fine form - a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

United stepped back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Portsmouth on Wednesday night.

That took their home record to 14 wins and a draw in 16 league matches this term.

But our current form is a match for any team.

Sunday's win against Newcastle stretched our run to just two defeats in 12 league games since January with six wins in the last eight.

We also remain unbeaten in six games against the top four this season.

"United are going for the title but you can see how well we've played against the top four," said 'Woody', outstanding in central defence this season.

"We haven't been beaten by any of the top sides in the league this season and we have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea at home.

"Our record against the top four is impeccable but United will put out a strong side and it will be very tough."

Our fine form has lifted us our of relegation trouble to within a point of West Ham in seventh place and the chance of European qualification.

"You have to believe," added Woody. "I'm sure when we beat West Ham at their place in December they didn't expect to be where they are now, but they've done really well.

"We've been playing some great stuff as well and the home record is something to be proud of.

"Hopefully we'll get that seventh spot because it will be a really good achievement if we do it."

As Woody mentioned, a key part of that run has been our form at the Lane - one defeat in 19 now in all competitions - and a current run of five-successive clean sheets in the league at home.

That is the best sequence of home clean sheets since 1986-87 and our total of just nine goals conceded in the league is still under the club's all-time record of 11 set back in 1919-20.

Our best in the Premier League is 16 and we've two home games left against West Brom and Manchester City. "It's a fantastic return," said Woody.

"We've done well in the games that we've won 1-0. It's important to keep clean sheets because our strikers are always going to score goals. It's not just the defence and the keeper though, the midfield and the strikers set the tone. It's a team effort and we'll try to keep the run going."