Victory at Bolton Wanderers would lift United one point clear of Liverpool, who are not in action until Monday night when they host Merseyside rivals Everton.
With one game in hand, United have the chance to add to the pressure on Liverpool, who were held to a goalless draw at Stoke City in their last match. Remember also that Manchester United have played ALL the top 12 teams AWAY from home and they all must come to Old Trafford now, with the exception of Chelsea of course who had their visit last week and got a hell of a beating.
"You don't mind when you go top, but top is definitely the place to be," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "Hopefully that's where we'll be by Saturday night."
With nine successive clean sheets United have a rock solid defence. Five of their past seven league matches have been won by 1-0. Injuries to Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra mean they will have to rearrange the team somewhat at Bolton, but with such strength in depth they will still be a handful for Bolton.
Speaking of recent injuries Fergie said: "Carlos (Tevez) limped through the second half and Jonny (Evans) limped through virtually the whole game," he said. "We will have to assess them and see how they are. We need our best team on Saturday because Bolton are a big side."
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