Sir Alex Ferguson has written off Chelsea’s chances of winning the English Premier League – claiming that it is now a two-horse race.
Chelsea have twelve more games to play this season, with the Blues facing United on Tuesday night and, with twelve points separating Carlo Ancelotti’s side and the current League leaders United, Ferguson believes that the title race is now between his side and Arsenal.
“Normally two teams break away when you come to the end of the season – that’s the way it’s looking,” Ferguson said. “I think either Arsenal or ourselves will win it.”
Ferguson has become a master of the mid games in his twenty-plus years as manager and so it is no surprise to see the Scot adding some spice to the pre-match build-up to Tuesday’s game.
Ferguson also rejected Chelsea captain John Terry’s claims that United could falter under the pressure of being at the top of the Premier League table:
“I said some time ago, the team that is most consistent would win the league. That is why I stress that we have to keep our momentum going and get that consistency. But it won’t be easy [for Chelsea] to come back from that kind of points deficit.”
United face Wigan this weekend and it is widely expected that Ferguson will rest key players such as Wayne Rooney in preparation for the Chelsea game. The Red Devils will be without captain Rio Ferdinand but Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs could both feature having returned from their respective injuries. It is expected that Javier Hernandez could start for United, alongside Dimitar Berbatov in a 4-4-2 formation.
United were boosted with the recent news that Antonio Valencia, who suffered a broken ankle in September in a game against Rangers in September. “He’s in contact training now and has been taking part in all the sessions” Ferguson revealed.
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