Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has branded his team sadistic, urging his players to recapture their lost killer instincts so that fans don't have to suffer the agony of close wins time and again.
United can move 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester City on Saturday, who are at home to Liverpool, with victory over a Fulham side they thumped in the FA Cup last week, the Daily Mirror reports.
That would give United a huge advantage with the finish line now in sight, but Ferguson is worried his side's sadistic nature in making life hard for themselves could ultimately cost them, the paper added.
United clung on for a 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday and Ferguson said his players must rediscover their killer instinct if they are not to give City hope of catching them.
Ferguson said it must be hard for our fans, adding it's the sadistic nature of our team.
The Scot admitted United played poorly against Southampton, adding they should have been 5-0 up at half time.
Ferguson said the same lack of killer instincts have happened a few times this season, adding they have been in comfortable positions but haven't dug their nails into it.
Ferguson admitted it is frustrating, because he knows they are capable of doing that, adding the title race could go to down goal difference again and that's an issue.
The gaffer also said at the moment they are only two goals better off than City, adding that could be undone in just one game and they have had opportunities to be better.
Ferguson said it's very tempting to think about being 10 points clear but the most important thing is to keep their feet on the ground and try to win our game at Fulham, adding then they will see where that takes us. (ANI)