Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists their title bid won't collapse after defeat to Manchester City.

He is convinced they will see the job through and wants his players to set the ball rolling again with victory at Stoke tomorrow.

Ferguson said: "The most important thing is having confidence and trust in my players, and that's absolutely 100 per cent for me.

"The challenge at the start of the season was to win the league back and at this moment in time our consistency has been brilliant.

"There is absolutely no other way you can look at it.

"We're one goal short of 100 this season, which mirrors the success of the team overall."