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Alex Ferguson has as good as admitted that the title race is over for this season, after Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield yesterday afternoon. The Blues now need to beat Wigan at Stamford Bridge next Sunday to secure their fourth league title, and are set for a possible domestic double, and Ferguson has said that United are ‘clutching at straws’ to still be thinking about winning the league.

‘You never know... football is a crazy game,’ he said after United’s 1-0 win at Sunderland. ‘I wouldn't insult Wigan in any shape or form because they are a really good football team and they will have a go. Manchester City did us a great turn by beating Chelsea twice and Wigan are another neighbour but, listen, we know we are clutching at straws a little bit.’

Carlo Ancelotti was obviously very pleased with the result, which will give him a Premier League title in his first year in England, should his Chelsea team not slip up against Wigan next weekend.

‘This game was the key in the fight for the title and we played very well,’ said the Chelsea boss. ‘We deserved to win. Defensively we did a fantastic job.

‘We had a lot of opportunities on the counter-attack and it was a really important performance. There was a lot of pressure on us but we had good control of our emotions. The team shows good physical condition, good mentality and good physicality and now we have to train well this week and wait for Sunday.’

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