Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United remains upbeat about his side’s title prospects despite Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
United saw their lead cut to two points after their shock defeat by West Ham and second-placed Chelsea overcame Everton at Goodison Park.
“The result was nothing to do with nerve,” said the United boss. “These things happen. We just have to gather ourselves and start another charge.
“We are still two points clear. The title is not decided in December.
“It’s not been a great day in the sense that Chelsea have come from behind, which is a bit of luck for them.
“But I’m not sure they are on a charge.
“It was a result they have clawed out of nothing, but we have got to show our resolve as well. That is the hallmark of champions. We have proved that many times in the past.”
New West Ham manager Alan Curbishley says the win will raise morale after three successive defeats.
“After Saturday’s results we were desperate. We set off with a lot of enthusiasm and one or two of them were getting really tired,” he said.
“It was a tough second half but the goal gave us that little bit of a lift.
“There has been a lot of criticism of the players and they have got to answer that and face the music.
“We had the first training session on Friday and they responded. Now we’ve got something to build on.”