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April 6: D-Day for Ferguson?

It is safe to say that in less than two months’ time, there’s a very big day coming up for Sir Alex Ferguson. In his job as manager of Manchester United, he will be leading the Reds out to a potentially pivotal Premier League match against rivals and defending champions Manchester City, but that’s not all he’s going to have on his plate.

As an avid fan of horse racing, Fergie owns a few horses, but on the same day as the derby, one of his horses will be competing in the biggest race of them all – the Grand National. Harry The Viking is to run at the Grand National for the first time, and is expected to put up a decent show, but what are his chances?

Two more trophies
Harry The Viking isn’t one of the favourites with bookmakers to win at Aintree Racecourse. However, he’s trained by Paul Nicholls, one of the greatest names in training horse races, and does have plenty more expertise in his corner. Despite that, given the importance of the derby, Sir Alex is likely to focus on the game at Old Trafford ahead of anything else.

After the weekend’s fixtures, a 2-0 win over QPR away saw them keep their commanding lead of 12 points over City at the top of the Premier League table. This suggests that the Reds already have one hand on the title, especially given City’s recent poor form, but plenty can change with several games still to go.

Fergie finding form
Since the acquisition of Robin van Persie in the summer from Arsenal, United look like a much-improved team. After a shaky start, they seem to be winning with ease against whoever they come up against, with the Dutchman’s form proving to be the difference this season.

While things may be going well at the moment, Fergie won’t be taking the derby lightly, especially if they’re in a position to win the title on the day. As for a Grand National victory, there’s a slight chance that he could win that on the same day as the Premier League, which would surely top any other day he’s had during his illustrious career.

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