Premier League away games getting tougher - Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Premier League away trips are "getting more difficult" ahead of Saturday's visit to newly-promoted Reading.

Having lost their last away game 1-0 to Norwich, who Ferguson says "fought like tigers", the Scot expects the same determination from Brian McDermott's winless team.

Ferguson also hails the contribution of Chris Smalling to Wednesday's clean sheet against West Ham, stating "good defenders win you leagues". Ferguson earlier confirmed that Nemanja Vidic has returned to training.