United boss upbeat despite setback
Sir Alex Ferguson is backing title chasing Manchester United to bounce back quickly from their shock defeat at Wigan in midweek.
The Premier League leaders have allowed rivals Manchester City to close the gap at the top to five points as they won 4-0 against West Brom on the same night as United lost 1-0 to the Latics.
City boss Roberto Mancini has already indicated that the race for the championship is all but over anyway, but Ferguson isn't buying into those mind game and knows his players will be fully focused on returning to winning ways against Aston Villa on Sunday.
The clash with Villa represents the first of two home games for the reigning champions with Everton also due at Old Trafford on April 22, before a potential title decider against City at the Etihad Stadium the following week.
Speaking ahead of the visit from Villa, Ferguson is keen to play down the significance of that defeat to struggling Wigan as his club chases down a record 20th top-flight crown.
He told reporters: "We have to put it in a bit of perspective.
"You drop points in the second half of the season. We have done it most years. There has been an odd year when we have gone on a long run without losing but a couple of years back we lost 4-1 to Liverpool and won the league.
"You do drop points on the run-in. City and ourselves have both experienced that.
"But from the position we were in a few months ago, to where we are today, we have to be delighted.
"The great part of our club is that we do recover, and we have to recover from Wednesday."