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15/12/2008 12:32,

Blog: Crerand's title cheer

Paddy Crerand travelled with the team to Japan and says the Reds can go for global glory knowing our title rivals won't be too far ahead when we return...

We landed in Japan today and while United's focus is now solely on being the first English side to win the FIFA Club World Cup, we can rest easy about matters closer to home.

I don't think anybody could hide their disappointment at not being able to break Tottenham down on Saturday, especially as our other rivals all dropped points.

But it's actually turned out to be a good weekend for United. Of course, we would have liked to have beaten Spurs, but we had the hardest game of all the top four sides and a draw isn't too bad a result, especially at White Hart Lane with the form Harry Redknapp has brought to his new team.

There have been some interesting results this season and the big four have had a few surprises sprung on them by the likes of Hull and Stoke. But that's to be expected in some ways because everyone wants to beat the top teams.

The fact that Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all failed to win is fantastic for United because it means we haven't lost any ground in the title race.

Liverpool might be on top at the moment, but I wrote on ManUtd.com recently that I thought Liverpool wouldn't last the distance, and I still believe the title, when it comes down to it, will be between United and Chelsea.

Hopefully United will come back from Japan still in touch with the top teams and as the world champions.