Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester derby defeat not terminal

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that Sunday's derby against Manchester City is a "six-pointer" and could be "significant" in the title race, but believes it would be possible to recover from a defeat.

A City victory would put them five points clear in the Premier League title race, but Ferguson maintains that his side's habit of improving as the season progresses suggests that a defeat would not be a knockout blow to United's title hopes.