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After yesterday's terrible 1-0 win at Birmingham, Sir Alex believes we are getting near our top form.

United won thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal but looked unconvincing up front and sometimes shaky in defence. Yet Fergie is seeing the good signs.

'I think we're getting towards top gear,' he told Setanta Sports. 'You could see signs of that today. Some of the movement up front was very good. Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez are big threats for all our opponents, and the forward line is looking much better now.

'I actually thought Birmingham were by far the better team in the first half, although we did carve out some good chances for ourselves. They played very well and you have to give them full credit. I would say it was the hardest game of the season so far.'

Yes, Birmingham were the better team for much of the game and I agree it was our most difficult match so far. But where are those signs of improvement?

We at least can tell that the team coped reasonably well with Birmingham's aggressivity.

'They were very aggressive, very quick about the pitch,' Fergie said. 'They were a real handful for us.

'Even at 1-0 we were just praying to get through the match. Late on, they kept pumping balls into the box but we coped with that well.

'They're a big side, very athletic, and we had to be on our toes in the second half. It's a good result for us, a very good result.

'We only scored once but we were away from home and you have to give Birmingham credit.

'Ronaldo's goal might have come from a mistake by one of their players but his composure in beating the mean, beating the goalkeeper and then putting it into the net was excellent. He was sensational today. The boy is so good it's frightening. His capabilities are unending.'

Yes, it was a good result. Yes, Ronaldo's capabilities are unending. But that's all the good we can say about this game. But I can't complain: fifth straight Premiership victory without conceding a goal. I'm still hoping for some good football.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 30 2007

Time: 9:15AM

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It was pretty clear that the Tevez & Rooney partnership did not work and Rooney's head was not quite in 'the zone' yesterday. If Ferguson honestly thinks that you're getting up to top gear then you won't finish in the top 4.
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30/09/2007 12:29:00

why the ***** wont he play SAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! hes our best scorer ffs!!!!!!!!!!
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30/09/2007 16:34:00

bcoz he can't drop golden boy rooney now can he?
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30/09/2007 16:53:00

Birmingham out played you and he thinks your nearing ur best? With that attitude what will happen when you play a team with quality?
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01/10/2007 03:35:00

I don't think he was honest. It was clearly visible on his face during the game that he's not satisfied, not at all. This "we are hitting top gear" talk is only for the media and for some worrying fans who may hope that the boss sees something they do not.
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01/10/2007 08:32:00


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